The Association for International Broadcasting have just published their shortlist for the 2020 AIB Awards – and I am blown away my quirky Mental Ideas Podcast is among 6 shortlisted entries in the Factual Podcast category! The winners will be announced at a virtual event, streamed live by Al Jazeera Nov 13. Thank you to the AIB for this incredible honor! I feel blessed and unbelievably lucky to have got this far.

Oh 2020: what a rollercoaster of highs and lows (mainly lows) you have been! If I hadn’t started the year with bipolar disorder, I’d almost certainly have developed it by now!🤣🤣🤣

https://theaibs.tv

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Crazy is a cheeky little fiesta of madness and the last episode of the first series of Mental Ideas Podcasts so DON’T MISS IT!!! The Mental Ideas Podcast will be back in 2021! You can download all the episodes from this series on RTHK‘s Podcast One platform. Stay tuned for news of spin-off Mental Monologues and the first series’ launch on BBC Sounds!

You can catch me presenting my humorous new audio column on Noreen Mir’s fantabulous 123 Show on RTHK Radio 3 from September 29, 2020! I’m also cranking into production of two new podcasts, Hong Kong Marriage Stories and Writer Unblocked. If you’re interested in taking part as a guest, get in touch!!!

A HUGE thanks to all my mental guests: Mat RicardoChristina YungLarry FeignFlorence WongRuben MJosh WaltersDan DaviesKiki WongJackie ChanPhilippe JolyEugenia KimRaffaello DegruttolaIfat Hyndes, as well as to Nick Samuel for composing the mental music, Angie Mann – and especially to the legendary Noreen Mir for exec producing and all her endless encouragement, guidance and support!!!

Until then amigos, if you can’t stay sane, stay crazy!

Podcast Links!

Crazy on RTHK Radio 3

Crazy on the 123 Show

Crazy on Podcast One

Crazy on Apple Podcasts

Crazy on iHeart Radio

Crazy on Player FM

Mental Ideas Podcast: Full Series 1 (2020)

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

Virtually Eugenia

The Depressed Banker

Trolls Anonymous

The Unwellness Entrepreneur

Money

Crazy

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On this week’s episode Mat Ricardo reminisces about the time he was starting out as a street performer and a member of the public walked onto his pitch and took a dump. Left to raise the tone (uh-oh…) Trollywood actor Dan Davies gives a moving account of his own experiences with internet trolls. Only he has another word for them… and he uses it a lot…

Catch me LIVE on RTHK Radio 3 in about oooh 2 hours!!! You can now download all the podcasts in this series in one mental place! Check out my new page on the RTHK website by clicking HERE! I’ll be adding more links to this post after the show airs!

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/686422

Podcast Links!

Trolls Anonymous on RTHK Radio 3

Trolls Anonymous on the 123 Show

Trolls Anonymous on Podcast One

Trolls Anonymous on Apple Podcasts

Trolls Anonymous on Player FM

Trolls Anonymous on iHeart Radio

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

Death & The Frozen Tundra

Virtually Eugenia

The Depressed Banker

Dan Links!

Dan on IMDb

Dan Interview – Post Crescent

Dan Interview – USA Today

Mat Links!

Mat Ricardo’s website

Mat Ricardo TEDX Talk

Connect with Mat on Twitter

Trolls Anonymous on RTHK Radio 3

A deadly podcast about Death by Anxious Showman Mat Ricardo is poignantly paired with American actor Dan Davies presenting the weather forecast… in Wisconsin. It may be Spring, but Winter is Coming…

Death & The Frozen Tundra broadcasted live on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show May 14! Download the podcast via the links below! On next week’s Mental Ideas Podcast, I’m joined in the studio (not just on Skype!) by Virtual Reality Dance-maker Eugenia Kim, who’ll be explaining to me how her bipolar disorder has fueled her creativity. Virtually Eugenia broadcasts next Thursday (May 21) @ 2.30 HKT on RTHK Radio 3!

Meanwhile, Mat and Dan will be back on Mental Ideas in a couple of weeks time talking about internet trolls in Trolls Anonymous. Don’t miss it!!!

Podcast Links!

Death & The Frozen Tundra on RTHK Radio 3

Death & The Frozen Tundra on the 123 Show

Death & The Frozen Tundra on Podcast One

Death & The Frozen Tundra on Apple Podcasts

Death & The Frozen Tundra on Player FM

Death & The Frozen Tundra on iHeart Radio

Dan Links!

Dan on IMDb

Dan Interview – Post Crescent

Dan Interview – USA Today

Mat Links!

Mat Ricardo’s website

Mat Ricardo TEDX Talk

Connect with Mat on Twitter

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

The Criminal Sleepwalker

https://mentalideas.org

Hmmmmmmmm, slightly regret referring to this week’s episode of Mental Ideas as my “award-losing podcast” in the official RTHK blurb. In fairness, it hasn’t been entered for any awards, so even describing it as “award-losing” is a delusion of grandeur. 🤣 🤣 🤣

I’ve got a criminal record as long as your arm, but most of my heinous crimes were committed while I was in Nod. At least that’s what I told the popo…

Catch my cheeky one-hander The Criminal Sleepwalker on this week’s Mental Ideas Podcast live on RTHK Radio 3‘s 123 Show in about ooh TWO HOURS today (May 7) @2.30 HKT!

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/681284

On next week’s episode I am joined by the power of virtual technology by two lunchtime legends: showman Mat Ricardo and actor Dan Davies in a deadly episode, Death & The Frozen Tundra.

More Podcast Links!

The Criminal Sleepwalker on RTHK Radio 3

The Criminal Sleepwalker on the 123 Show

The Criminal Sleepwalker on Podcast One

The Criminal Sleepwalker on Apple Podcasts

The Criminal Sleepwalker on Player FM

The Criminal Sleepwalker on iHeart Radio

Previous Podcasts!

The Depressed Comedian

A Bipolar Love Story

The Agitated Air Stewardess

The Psychopathic Actor

https://mentalideas.org

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Thanks Hong Kong Buzz for your plug of my Mental Ideas Podcast, plus recent film festival excitements for a film I co-produced with Contro Vento Films Transference: A Bipolar Love Story, which was supposed to have its world premiere at the New York Socially Relevant Film Festival in March, the film’s selections for the Arizona International Film Festival and Buenos Aires International Film Festival, mention of my 2019 NIFA Award and plans to travel to Wisconsin to catch up with the indomitable Dan Davies (an upcoming podcast guest) for NIFA 2020 in May. Which sounds a lot more exciting that it actually is. In reality, the podcast is the only item of news mentioned in the article that hasn’t been postponed. But give it time…

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The Mental Ideas Podcast will be back on RTHK Radio 3 next Thursday (April 16) @ 2.30pm on the 123 Show!

Previous episodes:

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/675344

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/676520

The Mental Ideas Podcast lifts off TODAY April 2nd – on RTHK Radio 3! (Sorry about the short notice, but I knew you wouldn’t believe me if I posted this on April 1st.) Tune in LIVE on Radio 3 or via the RTHK app @1.30pm or download the podcast on the RTHK and Mental Ideas websites!

HUGE thanks to my mental guests and especially to composer Nick Samuel for creating the mental music, zingers & stingers!

UPCOMING EPISODES:

APRIL 2The Depressed Comedian

Depression. It’s no laughing matter. Or is it? Why are so many of our best loved comedians depressed? I trance in and out exploring this tragi-hilarious topic with award-winning cartoonist (creator of the SCMP’s iconic Lily Wong strip and the first cartoonist to have a full-page spread in Time Magazine) depressed humorist (at least he seemed a bit disappointed by the end of the interview) and best-selling author Larry Feign!

APRIL 9A Bipolar Love Story

In a Mental Ideas Podcast exclusive, I am rewarded for all my bad work with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview a living legend live on RTHK Radio 3! JACKIE CHAN is on the podcast!!! No, I am not making this up!!!! She works in banking and has bipolar disorder!!!!!! Oh. But she could kick THAT Jackie Chan into 2021!!! (Well, it can’t be any crapper than 2020.) Plus, who wants to interview THAT Jackie Chan anyway? Not since he’s been outed as a spy for the CCP. (Well, I wouldn’t have minded tbh.)

APRIL 16The Agitated Air Stewardess

One type of podcast guest that’s proved easy to secure in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic is grounded airline cabin crew. Bipolar disorder is a condition that’s traditionally been associated with mad creative geniuses, like Van Gough, Beethoven, Mozart, Theresa May and Carrie Lam. But what if you work as a first class bathroom assistant for a living and don’t have a creative bone in your body? The Agitated Air Stewardess is a harrowing tale of triumph in the face of absurdity. And I know I’m not supposed to have favorites but Florence Wong ROCKS!!!

APRIL 23The Psychopathic Actor

Psychopathic actor and entrepreneur Philippe Joly attempts to explain to me why psychopaths make such great CEOs and movie stars. But since I usually meet Philippe at the studio to improvise sketches, the interview quickly deteriorates. He also has the gall to bring up his experiences working with Jackie Chan. No, not the bipolar banker I interviewed in Episode 2. The other one.

APRIL 30 – PUBLIC HOLIDAY – NO SHOW!

MAY 7 – The Criminal Sleepwalker

I’ve got a criminal record as long as your arm, but most of my heinous crimes were committed while I was in Nod. At least that’s what I told the popo.

MAY 14  – Death & The Frozen Tundra

A deadly podcast about Death by Anxious Showman Mat Ricardo is poignantly paired with American actor Dan Davies presenting the weather forecast… in Wisconsin. It may be Spring, but Winter is Coming…

MAY 21 – Virtually Eugenia

Virtual Reality dance-maker Eugenia Kim joins me on the podcast and explains how her bipolar disorder has fueled her creativity and inspired her latest VR film! It’s called Lithium Hindsight. And yes, it IS better than Avatar.

MAY 28 – The Depressed Banker

She banks. She cares for her Mum. She writes books and takes magical photographs of Hong Kong old shops. She’s in tears twice during the interview and has the most infectious raucous laugh I’ve ever had the pleasure of developing tinnitus from. She’s Christina Yung: the Positive Depressive!

JUNE 4 – Trolls Anonymous

Mat Ricardo reminisces about the time he was starting out as a street performer and a member of the public walked onto his pitch and took a dump. Left to raise the tone (uh-oh) Dan Davies gets trollied in Wisconsin and gives a moving account of his own experiences with internet trolls. Only he has another word for them (and he uses it a lot).

JUNE 11 – The Unwellness Entrepreneur

I coin a new catchphrase from an interview with wellness entrepreneur Ifat Hyndes and test it out on a taxi driver. Mat Ricardo talks about the power of acceptance. Frankly, it’s unacceptable.

JUNE 18 – Money

I talk dirty. Great big wads of dirty money. You can’t use banknotes anywhere in Hong Kong since the first wave peaked. Too dirty. Toilet paper is our only currency now.

JUNE 25 – PUBLIC HOLIDAY – NO SHOW!

JULY 2 – Crazy

I’ll leave this one to your imagination…

MORE PODCASTS TO FOLLOW!

Time for me to wake up and smell the coffee! But that’s the problem with COVID 19: no smell and everything tastes like prison bars.

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I woke up this morning and it felt like a reboot of April 1st. Now Boris Johnson’s ‘where there’s a willy, there’s a way’ Brexit strategy looks likely to pay off and a 43 year old tree surgeon has just climbed Big Ben confirming the official date change…

Stunned to have been awarded International Broadcaster of The Year by the National Independent Film Association (NIFA), USA. Other recipients include Tom Sizemore, Sean Connery and… no, I am not making this sh*t up!!! Check out the Film Forte! Thanks NIFA! ❤ ❤ ❤ 

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Nigel, Trump and a chlorinated chicken (Miss Adventure)

So, Fake News may have had its ‘Brexit Day’ broadcast date rescheduled thrice, thanks to chaos in Westminster, but you can still feast your ears on the Fake News theme! Composed by the incredible Nick Samuel, an artist and a gentleman. It’s been a 3 year labour of love/ hate (mainly hate). But the wait could be nearly over.

FAKE NEWS THEME

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RTHK’s Miss Adventure 小姐 冒险

Miss Adventure is a completely made up fictional character. She was born in 2012, when New York indie Summerhill TV produced an improvised skit with rock band Motorhead at Madison Square Garden. The episode aired on Funny or Die, where it (briefly) became FoD’s ‘Highest Rated Video – All Time. For the past few years, ‘Miss Adventure’ has shambled her way through regular comedy broadcasts on RTHK Radio 3. Any resemblance to Sadie Kaye is purely in your head, although they did meet once at a riot in Repulse Bay.