Angry and Cliff is a comedy podcast hosted by the British duo and released very week. Each episode lasts around 30-40 minutes and features irreverent discussion on topical news, movies and TV, as well as the occasional anecdote from their personal lives.
The programme is built on a very solid foundation: the hosts have great chemistry together and their quick witted banter is fun to listen to. They also have a long Rollidex of guest hosts to roll out as needed. Unfortunately I feel like their talents aren’t utilised as well as they could be. It’s not that the podcast is bad, it’s that I didn’t find it as easy to get hooked on as I thought I would.
The problem stems from some pretty underwhelming regular segments, such as On This Day In History, and a general lack of tight structure. When I listen to an episode I enjoy it, but I also don’t find myself hanging out for the next episode, which suggests to me that the show lacks a much needed hook.
Despite this, I’d still rank Angry and Cliff above most other “two-friends-make-a-podcast” podcasts. They put an admirable amount of effort into the production quality and organising regular guests, and their back and forth doesn’t degenerate into juvenile swearing contests like so many others. There’s a lot of substance here, it just lacks an execution that I found engaging.
There were definitely times where I found Angry and Cliff laugh out loud funny, but there were others where I completely zoned out. This suggests to me that with the right format and the right content, Angry and Cliff has potential to be consistently enjoyable.
|Quality of content
A lot of effort goes into their regular guests and segments, but I can’t say I look forward to listening to any of them. This is different from saying I don’t enjoy them, it just doesn’t ever leave me wanting more.
Excellent production quality and a very solid release schedule.
I feel like I should have enjoyed Angry and Cliff more than I did; all the elements are here for a brilliant show, there just wasn’t a strong enough hook to keep me subscribed, or a tight enough format to sustain my attention. The podcast has a strong following, however, so don’t take my word for it — check it out for yourself before writing it off completely.