EP52 – Henry Normal – Cofounder of Baby Cow Productions

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EP52 – Henry Normal – Cofounder of Baby Cow Productions


Total run time: 1 hour 39 mins 36 secs.

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About Henry Normal…

Described in the Telegraph as “the funniest man you’ve never heard of” Henry Normal is an award winning comedian, TV producer, poet and writer. He set up Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan and has toured with Pulp. He starred in Packet of Three, and co-write The Royal Family and the Parole Officer. He’s done it all.

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Coming soon [sorry about the delay on these]…

  • What is a podcast? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • Why did you pick a stage name? [7 mins]
  1.  Phil Jupitus. Porky the Poet
  2.  Stewart Lee. Ted Chippington
  • What was it like opening for bands? [13 mins 30 secs]
  1.  Pulp
  • How long did it take you to get your first paid gig? [19 mins 25 secs]
  • His aversion to social media and why he isn’t on anything. [27 mins 25 secs]
  • How long was his on the open mic poetry circuit before he got to leave his day job? [28 mins 30 secs]
  1. Spike Milligan’s “Small dreams of a Scorpio”
  2. John Cooper Clark
  • How long were you a poet before you moved into comedy writing / TV? [30 mins 30 secs]
  • What creative control did he get on TV shows (pre-Baby Cow)? [33 mins 30 secs]
  • How hard was the first TV show he ever worked on? [0 mins 0 secs – file 002]
  • What are the biggest milestones in his career?[4 mins 52 secs]
  • Milestones in writing. [5 mins 36 secs]
  • Why he thinks he became a creative and how the death of his mum affected him. [7 mins 15 secs]
  • “The funniest man you’ve never heard of” [8 mins]
  • Did you decide to not become a household name? [ 9 mins 22 secs]
  1. Robbie Burns
  • How did the Parole Office get made? [17 mins 45 secs]
  • How did he stay out of the red? [19 mins]
  • Why did you set up Baby Cow? [22 mins 41 secs]
  • How do you deal with unsolicited scripts? [24 mins 30 secs]
  • His thoughts on the expansion of awards and if it has diluted their value. [32 mins 20 secs]
  • Scripts / are you looking for writers or ideas? [34 mins]
  • Monetizing online content vs traditional media.[36 mins 40 secs]
  • We are the Jones Sitcom
  • The scale of pay for TV, Radio and online content. [39 mins 40 secs]
  • How do you pick which writing projects to work on? [43 mins 30 secs]
  • The sale of Baby Cow to the BBC [46 mins 25 sec]
  • Biggest industry problem and how would you solve it? [50 mins]
  • Biggest mistake you’ve ever made? [51 mins 08 secs]
  • Thing nobody gets to see.[51 mins 35 secs]
  • Underrated people in the industry? [52 mins]
  1. Sean Walsh
  2. Steve Coogan
  3. Mind Horn
  4. Julian Barratt
  • Best bit of advice you’ve been given [53 mins 30 secs]






Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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