SOYO Interview: BBC Radio Leeds’ Larry and Paul

We caught up with BBC Radio Leeds’ very own funny men Larry Budd and Paul Dunphy to find out exactly what happens when the mics are switched off…

So, how long have you two worked together?

P: We started officially working together in 2010 but we knew each other before that.

L: We did a podcast. Paul was doing sales and I was doing news, we met and started doing podcasts about films.

P: I really wanted to be on air and I thought the best way to do that would be to be in the office and just do my job. We moved in the summer of 2012 to the BBC and we’ve been here ever since. They sort of just gave us this show and told us to make it good – now, it’s completely our bag.

What was the show like when you started?

L: We’ve changed it considerably. When we took over, it was a ‘Music and Memories’ show – as in ‘what do you remember when you hear this song by Cliff Richard?’ or ‘tell us something that happened in 1963’. The guy on before us was a really lovely bloke called Steve White – he’s a huge fan of us, we hear.

P: We kind of said this is what we wanted to do and we gradually changed it to push boundaries a little more.

L: We try to subvert the genre – we are trying to turn what BBC local radio does on its head but that only works because BBC local radio does what it does. If everybody did what we did, it wouldn’t be funny.

P: And we’re hilarious.

…So we’ve heard! Don’t you guys work on a comedy show together?

P: It’s called the Not So Late Show – we do it once a month at the Wardrobe – usually on the last Tuesday of every month. Basically it’s Leeds’ finest alternative comedy chat show… but of course it’s also Leeds’ only alternative comedy chat show. It’s just an excuse for us to come up with some really silly characters. The show is by two guys, called Ross Brierley and Josh Sadler, comedy heroes and we play characters in their show.

L: I’ve played Freddie Mercury a few times. We’ve invented a couple of pro-Trump Deep South American folk singers called Johnson and Barraclough. We’ve played Daft Punk together, all sorts!

What do you guys do in work separately?

P: I’m an actor and a funk and soul DJ. I always thought that radio was a good way of getting into acting but the truth is that they complement one another. I’ve been in a few dramas, one called The Syndicate which was filmed around Leeds. I’ve also worked on a couple of adverts – the Ant and Dec one for Suzuki was probably the biggest, and a lot of fun.

L: I mainly produce news stories for BBC Radio Leeds. The best thing about the rest of my job is being trained on loads of stuff I get to use to do really silly things for Larry and Paul – the prime of that being the stupid videos we post on our Facebook channel. That’s pretty fun.

Speaking of, what kind of prep goes into the Larry and Paul show?

L: There’s a lot of arranging to do for our guests. A lot of writing, a lot of audio editing, a lot of blood most weekends.

P: We do the West Yorkshire Theme Song Ding Dong where I have to go into a studio and multi-track our voices, so it’s quite a big production job. There’s a lot more prep than people think but that’s kind of what we like about it, it’s surprising to listeners and we want people to think we’re winging it.


Catch the Larry and Paul show every Saturday between 12pm and 2pm on BBC Radio Leeds, or see the boys after hours at the Not So Late Show.