383. More Ian Moore

In this episode you are going to hear part 2 of my conversation with Ian Moore and I’ve decided to call this one “More Ian Moore” – do you see what I’ve done there? “more Ian Moore” I bet nobody has ever made that joke about his name before, right? Before we listen to Ian Moore, I just want to mention a few things… (notes continue below)

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More Ian Moore

Here is some more Ian Moore for you to listen to. You might want to listen to episode 382 before you hear this one. I know it’s a bit difficult to follow these conversations and I’m not explaining everything for you but here is a quick run-down of what you’ll hear us discussing in this episode.

Things we talk about

Making chutney – Chutney: A condiment (a condiment is something you have on the table when you eat food – e.g. salt, pepper, mustard, ketchup) of Indian origin, made of fruits or vegetables with vinegar, spices, and sugar. (Oxford Dictionary)

The challenges of living in the French countryside, including the time when he had a run-in with some hunters armed with shotguns (a run-in is like a disagreement or fight, or collision)

Doing Michael Caine impressions on stage (Michael Caine is a UK actor famous for lots of film roles, including Alfred in the Christopher Nolan Batman films, and some iconic roles from the 1960s in which he wore some very sharp suits, which is why he’s a bit of a style icon for the mod movement, and for young British men in general. Also, he has a particular way of talking)

The significance of Michael Caine in UK culture

Developing his comedy voice

How he started doing stand up comedy

Gigging in different places around the country

Performing comedy in French

The origin of the term “break a leg“, which is something you say to a performer to wish them luck before they go onstage

Ian’s blog “Full English Brexit” ianmoore.info/full-english-brexit/


Chutney again

His books
A la Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France

C’est Modnifique!: Adventures of an English Grump in Rural France

Visit the page for the episode for links to his books, his blog and for some video footage of Ian on stage. (Hello!)

Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy this conversation, recorded for your listening pleasure. I know that it might be difficult to follow this because you’re listening to two native speakers talking at natural speed. All I can do there is encourage you not to give up because the more you listen, the more you will understand in the long-term, and you certainly won’t improve your English at all by giving up and not listening. So, whenever you do understand something – give yourself a pat on the back and keep going!


So there you go. That was Ian Moore. Let me know how it was for you. Did you manage to keep up with it all?

As he said, he does perform internationally sometimes, so check his website to find out if he is doing comedy in your area soon. In fact, you should find out if there is any English language comedy happening in your area, and go to see it. Many cities around the world have English comedy scenes these days. It  might be a small scene, with amateur comics still developing their comedy skills, or it could be a more advanced scene with professionals like Ian, who will always make you laugh. In any case, going to see comedy can be a good thing to do for your English and you might end up meeting some people and making friends, all in English. Don’t be shy, give it a try – and remember not to get demotivated if you don’t understand all the jokes, like if a comedian goes on for 3 minutes about “rushing to the venue” and you don’t understand what he’s talking about. Don’t be bothered by the things you don’t understand, just do your best to work them out and keep going.

Ian Moore performs in French (yes, it’s in French)

Ian on stage in English

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  • Twita

    Hi Luke! After listening to this podcast in particular I had to do some research in one word Ian said and I didn’t understand straight away. He defines himself as a curmudgeon and I’ve never heard that word before, so I had to check on a thesaurus until I found the right word. It was a good challenge :D Thank you for another quality podcast!

  • Celia

    Very very very interesting these two episodes on Mod culture and Ian Moore!
    I previously had a vague idea of what a mod look was… in fact, long ago we had a doctor whom we nicknamed “the mod”, but now I am an expert!
    Too bad I don’t have enough time to watch the videos, read his blog, google the penny loafers brand mentioned…

  • Nick

    All the time we’ve known about Schrödinger’s cat now we know about Luke’s mouse.

  • Flora Xing

    Hey Luke! I just want to pitch in for persuading you to invite Jarvis Cocker on your podcast. I’m from China, 26, and I’ve been a fan of him for 3 years, it’s odd enough yeah? And according to our Chinese, we believe there are people in the world who you have mysterious connections with, even when they are a million miles away. Last time i was in Shanghai and worked as an interpreter for somebody from London School of Arts. It turned out the husband of this lady was in a band, and a longtime friend with Jarvis Cocker. She even said that if I would come to London they can invite Jarvis for coffee and introduce me, which unfortunately, never happened. But hey, I was listening to your podcast yesterday and you mentioned him, it’s serendipity for sure! If ever he does come to your podcast, please make sure you mention this anecdote to him. And tell him that he has fans even in China. We came to the screening of the documentary of Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets, I think in summer of 2015, and at the beginning of the movie when Common People came out, everybody in the audience chanted along, it was quite surreal. :-) I might have sent this comment to somewhere wrong, just want to make sure you see this.

  • adam

    get well soon

  • MayumiM

    Hi, hope you feel better than the day you recorded this episode. Your voice is kinda sexy like you mentioned and I’ll you miss that when your voice is fully recovered, though.;) Anyway, you always keep encouraging us to keep listening even though we have some difficulties to understand everything and listen again. That totally worked this time for me. I’ve repeated last Ian Moore episode maybe 3 or 4 times straight. I could do this because the conversation was just fascinating. Maybe I could understand 70% at first and next time, 80% or more and at the end of this routine, I felt I could get almost everything! After that, I did with different episodes and it went well, too.
    Thank you for encouraging us as always and I’m looking forward new episode.

  • Jack

    Get well soon King

  • Jilmani

    Hello Luke, I’m so sorry to hear you’re sick I hope you get better soon. Thank you so very much for uploading and recording while you’re sick and tired.

    About the mailing list, I’ve been subscribing for a year or so and I don’t get any emails. I tried to resubsecribe again a couple of days ago but still I don’t get any things. I know your updates from iTunes podcast app :(

    (I want to say something about the competition every time you announce them I don’t know why but I happen to be abroad and I find it difficult to record and participate :/ I would like to join but I don’t think I could record a good clear recording I don’t have any good equipments)

    Hope you feel better our great teacher,

    • Hi Jilmani, I’m feeling a bit better thanks.
      About the email subscriptions. When you sign up, you’re sent a messages asking you to confirm your subscription. Did you get that message? You might need to check your spam box.