Huffington Post, June 2012
Devised by comedians Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie, the monthly comedy panel show No Pressure To Be Funny isn't just a live event at London's Soho Theatre - it's also one of the best topical comedy podcasts out there.
Masterfully hosted by LBC presenter James O'Brien - a contender for a British Daily Show host if there ever was one - NPTBF sees comedians, journalists and other panelists discuss the latest news stories, along with regular contributions from the excellent Revell and Barrie. And while its title was presumably designed to put any of the non-comedians at ease, there's no need: because the whole show is a delight.
Especially this show. Because the panelists didn't just include stand-up comedian Hal Cruttenden, musical comic Paul Thorne and the New Statesman's deputy editor Helen Lewis - but also Burmese comedian, filmmaker and former political prisoner Zarganar, who spent three years in jail for taking part in anti-government protests. His contributions to the show aren't just funny - they're often jaw-on-the-floor shocking.
So to hear Zarganar's incredible stories - plus extremely funny discussions about the internet, the monarchy, Rambo 4 and much more (including the meaning of 'Nick Clegg' in Burmese).