Author Archives: Jordan Gray

About Jordan Gray

I joined the Phoenix family in May 2017, having guested many times over the years in my previous career as a recording artist. The ExtraJordanary Show, every Sunday from 4 til 6, gives me the perfect excuse to rope in musical, TV and comedy mates for two hours of slightly unhinged chat. Regular features include “You’ve Been Trumbled!”, “Lists of Fury” and “Funny But True”.

The ExtraJordanary Show | Ep. 48: Half-human/Half-cartoon Movies

Episode Theme: those weird half-live action, half-animated movies

Spelunking through the Swiss cheese of our collective psyche, Jordan turns her tendrils to part-live-action, part-animated movies like Space Jam, Cool World, Mary Poppins and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

We do a deep dive on 80s cartoons and dedicated a little number to the London Pride terfs. A.P joins for another round of “Funny But True” and “Lists of Fury” and Jordan gets nostalgic about theme parks simulators.
@Talldarkfriend (Twitter, FB, Insta, Youtube)

The ExtraJordanary Show | Ep. 47: Olivia Phipps

Guest: Olivia Phipps (TV funny lady, writer, budding producer, piano cryer)
Theme: Sitcoms and such

Textbook radio with a sprinkle of TV magic – episode 47 invites writer/producer Olivia Phipps into the studio to talk all things sitcom. We dive into childhood traumas, working-class comedy, the disparate quality of TV catering and that all important question: why is Blackadder series 1 so terribly terribly not good?

Follow Olivia on Twitter @livi27
Follow Jordan on Twitter, Insta, Facebook & Youtube @Talldarkfriend

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 46: Back from Barcelona!

Theme: Barcelona!

Jordan returns after a 2 week working holiday in Barcelona to talk about sunshine, gelato, mosquitoes and missed threesome opportunities. She has finally found somewhere to live at The Fringe and improvises a round of “Funny But True.”
@Talldarkfriend (Insta, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube)

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 45: “Emos”, “Two-Ways” and “This Is America”

Theme: all kinds of silliness and cleverness

Pound for pound, possibly the best “solo episode” thus far. Jordan riffs on Donald Glover, old emo music, Eurovision, “Bonkers” (the 90s Disney Channel show) and her Mom’s conspiracies.

What would be the worst thing to leave in a lunchbox on a hot day?
Do car-parks really slope away from the shop?
What is a “two-way”?

We play another round of “Funny But True” (thanks to Twitter correspondent Allysa Pentolfe (“AP”), as well as new feature “Help Me” – plus Jordan gives advice on putting things in your gob.
@Talldarkfriend (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)

“The ExtraJordanary Show” Omnibus (Episodes 39-44)!

Owing to another busy summer, you’ll forgive The ExtraJordanary Show for this bulk upload. Episodes 39 to 44 feature some of the most memorable banter in the show’s young history as well as top natter with comedians Sallyann Fellowes, Paul Ennis and Roddy Shaw as well as a visit for The Little Theatre Company.


Episode 39: Names

Is this the greatest episode of the show so far? Probably not. But it was certainly the most inflammatory. Cracking like a mini-egg under the pressures of “East-pril Fool’s Day”, Jordan goes in hard on Transgender stripper names, Islamophobic introductions, killing with kindness, comic book movies, Ricky Gervais’ “Humanity”, Greater Anglia rail service and who is “Lola”???


Episode 40: Sallyann Fellowes & Paul Ennis

After a few weeks of solo broadcasting, Jordan welcomes fellow comics Sallyann Fellowes and Paul Ennis to the Phoenix FM studio for a right ruddy natter. The trio dissect the virtues, merits and limitations of “edgy comedy”. Sallyann questions the nature of the “roadside shoe” and Liam Gallagher’s “peanut head”. Paul confesses to a “Birthday bump” assault.

Why are folk singers so hairy?
Which football team does God support?
Is Paul’s cat haunting his family?
Who the f*ck is Kasabian?

Paul Ennis on Twitter — @Penniscomedy
Sallyann on Twitter — @SallyannFellows


Episode 41: Roddy Shaw

Standing in for the scheduled guest (may his ankle rest in peace) comedian and conservationist Roddy Shaw lights up the Phoenix FM studio with tales of zombie gap years, and the majestic narwhal (all the majesty of a unicorn and a dolphin). Jordan and Roddy bond over the equally majestic Vaporean (look it up) as well as a shared enthusiasm for the Animorphs children’s book and a powerful disdain for the Toffee dating app.

“I think I can comfortably say, if I fell over, I could kill… SEVERAL mice.”

Roddy’s podcast “Missed Information” (available from all good podcasty places)

Roddy on social media


Episode 42: Black Squirrels, 4/20 Festival, Buying Jeans

Jordan hosts 2 hours of primo radio in mind-melting heat, riffing on the audacity of the black squirrel, the unparalleled beauty of black women, the danger of chemical-based sunscreen and the size of Japanese animals.


Episode 43: The Full Monty (+ The Little Theatre Company)

Episode 43 opens with a visit from The Little Company pedalling “The Full Monty” musical @ The Place Theatre, Westcliff 16-19th May – DETAILS BELOW). Chris and Julian, both bollock naked, regale tales of backstage banter and last minute gym workouts.

Jordan runs out the remaining 1hr 54min with storing of tongue biting, palm oil, knocking out pigeons and Morrisey being a twat. Regular listener Allysa Pentolfe gives creative-birth to the new feature “Funny But True” and Jordan improvises musical links like a motha-flippa!

The Full Monty – The Musical is showing May 16th to May 19th @ The Palace Theatre in Westcliff, Essex

Visit for tickets OR call the box office on 01702351135


Episode 44: Eathworm Jim Lunchbox!!!

Jordan is back on top form after the gift of an Earthworm Jim lunchbox arrives at the Phoenix FM studio. We explore “TV shows you’d watch again from the start”, plays 2 ROUNDS of the new feature “Funny But True” (by Allysa Pentolfe) and Jordan reads out reviews live on the air from her Wednesday night press preview.

Jordan Gray on social media:

@Talldarkfriend (Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Youtube)

Jordan’s debut comedy special “People Change” is showing at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 (The Caves, Niddry Street, 2-26th of August every night at 8:50pm)

The ExtraJordanary Show CATCH-UP! (eps. 35-38)

On behalf of the stuttering duchess herself, we hope you enjoy this ExtraJordanary omnibus! Who could forget such magical radio moments as “PUPPY WATCH!”, the story of the black silk bed-sheets and Lydia Lucy tapping her anger into the Phoenix FM studio carpet… in Uggs.


Episode 35: Nostalgia, Peach Coke, Dogs vs Gays and Black Silk Bedsheets

Theme: Nostalgic music

With a record number of live listeners, Episode 35 (otherwise known as “possibly the greatest episode of the show so far!”) charts the music of our collective youths (from Linkin Park to Buddy Holly) while exploring the sickening beauty of nostalgia.

Jordan tells the most embarrassing story from her teens (and possibly her career), plays a round of “Love Hearts”, dives into Coke Zero’s new Peach “edition” and flies into a panic when fellow presenter Chris Hood tells her there are children on the roof!


Episode 36: Lydia Lucy and Linda White

Theme: Biscuits and boobs
Guests: Lydia Lucy (recording artist, performer, Buddhist person), Linda White (Snapchatter, biscuit kicker, mother to Lydia Lucy)

Following 2 hours of “Vikki Michelle’s Music Mix”, Vikki’s guests Lydia and Jordan stick around for more (Lydia for the LOLs; Jordan for the professional obligation to the station)

Episode 36 features in depth biscotti banter with the jet-setting Lydia Lucy (star of the Voice 2016) and her momma Linda. “You’ve Been Trumbled!” takes a sea-foody turn and we explore the merits of various social media platforms through the medium of song. Podcast features full uninterrupted rendition of Lydia Lucy’s “Instagram”.

Left to her own devices, hour 2 finds Jordan confessing her hypochondria, checking WebMD and urging us against the use of crystals to cure female hysteria.


Episode 37: Mother’s Day Special! / PUPPY WATCH!

Theme: Mother’s Day
Guest (in spirit): Jordan’s Mother Terri (not dead, or pictured)

In a Phoenix 98FM *first*, Jordan declares “PUPPY WATCH!” as her mother’s French bulldog gives birth to 4 beautiful pups during the course of the show. We explore what it means to be a mother, dreams about alien babies and WTF is #100Women all about?

A truly brilliant episode of off-the-cuff radio nonsense. Happy Puppy Day!


Episode 38: Animal Friends, Sexy Creme Eggs and Earthworm Jim!

Theme: all the stuff in the title + more

With Easter approaching and “that rabbit and chicken video” doing the rounds on Facebook, Jordan dives into the world of inter-species friendliness, symbiosis and cartoon animal duos. Prepare for gormless creme egg shock, childhood book love and the ballad of Earthworm Jim!

Because what happens in the Easter cave STAYS in the Easter cave. Apart for Jesus, obvs.

The ExtraJordanary Show CATCH-UP! (Eps. 30-34)

Busy with panto, Jordan’s been a bit lax when it comes to uploading her content. Bad Jordan.

But here’s episodes 30-through-34 featuring the a special guest visit from her panto’s producers Luke Coldham and Alice Fillary, top banter with returning musical guest Ren Stedman and LGBT history chat with Essex’s premier transgender police officer Gina Denham. Plenty of solo silliness in between.


Episode 30: The Only Way Is DICK! (feat Luke Coldham and Alice Fillary)

Episode 31: I Want You To Love Me Brentwood!

Episode 32: Ren Stedman and Gina Denham

Episode 34 (WTF happened to 33?): Video-shames

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 29: Cara Compass

Theme: Keep Going
Guest: Cara Compass (indie author)

*NOT Cara “CARTER” as I initially introduced her!

Taking time out from smashing it on social media, young first-time author Cara Compass join Jordan in-studio to discuss her forthcoming novel “Keep Going” – a pre-apocalyptic coming of age story.

Amidst literary chat, learn air about elephants, how Cara saved a cat and the mysterious art of “astrolonomy”.

“Keep Going” is released January 26th

Cara on Twitter – @caracompass
Jordan on Twitter – @Talldarkfriend


The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 28: Mo Omar

Theme: … Mecca?
Guest: Mo Omar (comedian)

Episode 28 kicks off the new year in style as a first time meeting turns into full-on Grade 8 bantomine! Comedian Mo Omar (winner of the 2017 Leicester Sq. New Comedian of the Year) regales us with tales of camel milk, mumble-rap, Mecca LOLs and overselling underlay.

Mo riffs on “having too much face”, Jordan defends her honour in “You’ve Been Trumbled!” and the pair discuss plans for Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Follow Mo @MoKUltra (like M K Ultra, ya dig?)
Follow Jordan @Talldarkfriend
Follow the station @PhoenixFM

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 27: NYE Special! w/ Andrew Forsyth, Stephen Trumble & Daniel John

WHAT A WAY to close the year!

Episode Theme: 2017
Guests: Daniel John (comedian), Stephen Trumble (comedian), Andrew Forsyth (“comedian”)

Deftly controlled chaos takes over the studio for 90minutes of 2017-bashing fun. Triple the guests means triple the bants, broaching subjects from transgenderism in anime, Louis CK and the Weinstein scandal, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and “that Tinder poop girl that got stuck in a window”.

Jordan and the boys play “You’ve Been Trumbled” with the Trumble himself. Daniel John beseeches us to throw our tellies out the window (just like that Tinder poop girl that threw her poop out the window). Andrew Forsyth shows up late and complains about green milk and plastic nipples.

“This episode will make you feel feelings” –

Merry New Year and a big sexy thank you to all our listeners for weathering this 27-week teething period. 2018 will be better. We WILL make The ExtraJordanary Show GREAT (again?).

Jordan @Talldarkfriend

Andrew @andrewbforsyth

Daniel @ChubbyFonzey

Stephen @StephenTrumble


The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 26: Xmas Eve Special!

Theme: Xmas?
Guest: Allysa Pentolfe (singer, muso, student, #1 Jordanite)

In a madcap tribute to Mary’s labour, Jordan counts down the greatest Christmas horror movies of all time, bursts into stream-of-consciousness and gives long-time listener *Allysa Pentolfe* a call, just to see what’s up.

A truly special episode and the penultimate show of 2017. Many thanks to our many listeners from Jordan and the whole team @ Phoenix 98FM | | @phoenixfm
@talldarkfriend #extrajordnary

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 25: Commitment (feat. Chris Hood)

Theme: Commitment
Guest: Chris Hood (fellow Phoenix presenter – The Orient Hour)

Jordan demonstrates extrasensory presenting skills as she juggles two shows at once; simultaneously recording episode 26 while episode 25 is going out live. Tips on sticking to NY resolutions, intermittent readings from Kerouac’s “On The Road” and an impromptu chat with fellow Phoenix presenter Chris Hood about prog-rock and murderous trains.

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 23: The Green-eyed Monster

Episode Theme: Jealousy

A standout episode, diving into the murky and mercurial world of jealousy – especially insofar as it pertains to “Christmas”, “the movie Toy Story”, “Lady Gaga” and “Louis CK”. Sod your Mr. Frosties, bust out your Buzz Lightyears and join us for a darkly comic meander through the Emerald City of the mind.

New features include “Love Hearts” and “Love Hearts (Parma Violet edition)”.

green eyes

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 22: Chris Glasson

Guest: Christopher Glasson
Theme: …?

One half of Hardcore Listing’s “Chris & Stu” — podcaster, health fanatic and reader of books Christopher Glasson joins Jordan in-studio for a bantastic episode filled with sneek-a-peekas and proper good radio stuff. The pair play a nail-biting edition of “You’ve Been Trumbled!”, Chris regales us with tales of past employment and the pair both speak fondly about Stu (not present).

You can catch the Hardcore Listing podcast LIVE on Thursday December 7th @ The Civic Hall (Grays) — with Jordan appearing alongside a number of distinguished guests from music and telly.


The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 21: The Spirit of Autumn!

autumn spirit

2 hours of textbook radio, *totally winged* on the premise that “the leaves are currently changing colour”.

Jordan extols the magic and majesty of the Autumnal season as only she knows how: high off her little titties on off-brand energy drink and with the help of her listeners, including and especially #1 Jordanite: Allysa Pentolfe.

Catch Jordan as “Fairy Hanny” in “The Only Way Is Dick, this Janurary @ The Towngate Theatre, Basildon.
Box Office: 01268 465 465 |
Twitter @Talldarkfriend
@Phoenixfm | Phoenix 98.0FM

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 20: Carl Denham

Theme: “Impulsivity” (Impulsiveness)
Guest: Carl Denham – comedian, promoter, fantasy cartographer, bear (not a sexual delineation)

jordan and carl carl the bear

Carl; A Bear.

In what has been billed as the *bleepiest* episode so far, Jordan interviews the notorious “poultry pugilist” that is Carl Denham. The pair discuss Carl’s comic approach, his international affair with hip-hop and his time spent not-actually-hibernating as a massive woodland mammal.

Home truths coming spilling from every orifice in this enlightening and enlivening edition of The ExtraJordanary Show!

Carl on Twitter | @LLCoolMage

Contains Mild Peril – Comedy Night

Carl: the cartographer —


The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 19.5: Jordan (on her tod)

Theme: The History Of Hallowe’en (Samhain)
Guest: …

In a distinct change of pace, Jordan flies solo for an entire episode. Undistracted by another human, Jordan riffs on sexy vampires, oral hygiene the poison of Christian theology… all while remembering to do the weather, traffic and adverts (as she describes) “like a proper radio person”. All in all, a textbook episode that’s well worth an ear-gander. Big love to #1 Jordanite Allysa Pentolfe and everybody listening live throughout.

G&B Halloween Special – OCT 31ST @ The Royal George (Soho)
New Comedian of The Year Quarter Finals – NOV 5TH @ The Museum of Comedy


The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 19: Tom Mayhew

Theme: Pain
Guest: Tom Mayhew (Comedian, not just a sad man)

Joining Jordan for a hilarious pre-record, comedian Tom Mayhew talks about his lifelong love affair with comedy, Pokémon and The Simpsons. The odd couple discuss Tom’s Edinburgh special “Fragile Fragments”, incl. it’s upcoming commitment to DVD – the filming of which Jordan herself would be guesting at a few hours after this episode went out. The pair also improvise a number of fake adverts to appease imaginary sponsors.

Pictured is Tom holding an award that Jordan won the following morning, while Jordan sips Victorian Lemonade from it’s shiny goblet.

Tom Mayhew on Twitter | @TomMayhew

Jordan on social —

The ExtraJordanary Show : Episodes 15-18

As The ExtraJordanary show comes of age, let’s take a look back at the teenage years of Phoenix FM’s extraordinary Sunday afternoon programme, with TV’s Jordan Gray.


Episode 15: Louise Bastock (Comedian, Heroine Addicts Podcast)

louise bastock


Episode 16: Arthur Walwin (Recording Artist, Producer)

aj and emma blackery


Episode 17: Stephen Trumble (Comedian, Graphic Novelist)



Episode 18: Dean Threadgold

dean threadgold

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 14: Andrew B. Forsyth

Episode Theme: Fulfilment
Guest: Andrew B. Forsyth

True blue rock n’n roll radio. THIS is what The ExtraJordanary Show should have been from Episode 1. Mildly scandalous but ultimately from the heart (and cervix). Aussie comic Andrew Forsyth (Andrea Foreskin) brings his own brand of low-aspirational comedy to the Phoenix FM studio as the two discuss Food, Faith and what happens when you fancy someone… doesn’t sound as funny written down but TRUST us… it’s a belter.

Andrew on Twitter @andrewbforsyth

Jordan on Twitter @Talldarkfriend