If you like the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, which has been making episodes on and off since the late 80s, you may also like some of these things:
Hyperdrive is the 2006-2007 sci-fi sitcom starring Nick Frost, Miranda Hart, Dan Antopolski, and Kevin Eldon (who actually turned up in season 11 of Red Dwarf!). Besides the mash-up genre, the show shares its lowbrow joke style with Red Dwarf. The first episode has a lot of talk of testicles and oozing aliens. But if you can suffer through season 1, season 2 is actually really terrific. Both seasons are available on Amazon Instant.
Outside the Box
If you’re a fan of male Holly’s deadpan delivery, you’ll like the standup of Norman Lovett (who plays Holly on the show). His standup show Outside the Box is available on region-free DVD and as a download from GoFasterStripe.com. Norman Lovett turns out not only to be a slow talking deadpan comic but also a prop comic, one who’s found things in the green room and has brought them on stage to share with the audience and, frequently, put on his head.
Random Abstract Memory
If you’re a fan of female Holly’s dry humor, you’ll like Hattie Hayridge’s audiobook (and also a paper book) Random Abstract Memory, which is available on Audible.com. It’s only an hour long, but it includes funny personal anecdotes about how her mother didn’t know she was pregnant until Hattie was actually born as well as behind-the-scenes stories of Red Dwarf.
The Man in the Rubber Mask
If the behind the scenes features and Smeg Ups on the DVDs are not enough insider info for you, pick up a copy of the book The Man in the Rubber Mask by Robert Llewellyn, who plays Kryten on the show. It gives you a really good portrait of each cast and crew member, as well as funny and dangerous anecdotes from the set. It even includes behind the scenes info on the failed American remakes.
The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show
Did you know Red Dwarf star Craig Charles has his own radio show on BBC Radio 6? He hosts a funk show called The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, which you can stream on Radio 6’s website here.
Carpool is the free web talk show that takes place inside a car, hosted by Red Dwarf‘s Robert Llewellyn. Many of the episodes feature cast and creators of Red Dwarf, including Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie, Hattie Hayridge, Rob Grant, and Ed Bye.
Red Dwarf Podcasts
There are a couple of fan podcasts for Red Dwarf if you still can’t get enough. There’s Smegheads, which is current with the new season 11 episodes. There are also so far 81 episodes of DwarfCasts, which is also current with season 11. Channel Dave had an official Red Dwarf podcast during the making of season 10, but it seems to be taken down now. These episodes included Robert Llewellyn talking about soggy rubber lips, having to get in earlier than the other actors, and being thinner now than when he had to fit into his costume in previous years. It also featured Danny John-Jules talkin gabout his first audition, the American accent he gives Cat, and Dwayne Dibbly. Get in touch if you know where these episodes now reside (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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