Hello and welcome to 2019. I’ve neglected to update this website for ages because I largely assume no one is interested in anything I do. But I’ve realised that’s just my immediate family so here’s a brief rundown of what happened last year. I went back to work 8 weeks after having a baby. I wrote a play that had a sold out run at the Edinburgh fringe, I worked a lot on Idris Elba’s Sky sitcom In The Long Run. I sold three projects into development and I’m also writing a film. I did not gig AT ALL. That’s a longer hiatus than Louis C.K and I didn’t even spaff over my own disgusting hairy stomach while horrified women looked on.
2019 looks very exciting with new series of Any Stupid Questions and Do The Right Thing starting early this year. I’m on the News Quiz on 18th January as an actual person rather than backroom writer, my play The Half has a very limited run at Vault Festival (1/5 of the tickets already gone) and I’m starting a new comedy club in York which is where I now live. Why did I move to York I hear you cry, when London has it all? My baby has congenital heart disease and the pollution in zone 1 would fuck her right up. So you can blame BORIS JOHNSON for that.
Hello. Yes the political podcast I make with Ed Morrish is currently enjoying its second series. If you want to hear comedians asking experts a series of stupid (but hopefully enlightening) questions on topics such as housing, newspapers, Norther Ireland and Empire (as in British, not the excellent series about the music business), then sign up and listen and give us a nice review and maybe just maybe we’ll earn some advertising money before BIG AGENCY PLC nabs the idea and turns it into a TV vehicle for HOT MALE COMIC WHO ISN’T EVEN ATTRACTIVE BUT YOU KNOW FAME MAKES EVERYONE SEXY.
I’m a guest on this week’s excellent Rule of Three Podcast talking all about Bottom. I love Bottom. It’s a subversive bit of comedy genius. If you;re a fan of comedy then check out the other episodes too. It’s comedy writers talking about “the process”.
I was a guest on RHLSTP back in February. It was fun. It’s quite heavily edited and that’s because I spent ages talking about things that producer Ben Walker didn’t want me to talk about. SO BLAME HIM. Also there was some libel.
I’m only going to be in Edinburgh for a couple of days this year as I’m on one of the panels at the TV Festival talking about how to be excellent at podcasting. I feel a bit sad because I always have a million ideas for shows I’d love to put on – I’m determined to finish a horror comedy play I started a few years ago – but the costs are so crazy these days (mainly accommodation) that you either do a career focused show that isn’t that interesting but might get you on Viceland TV or a 5 minute sketch on BBC3 online, or something free and bonkers in a room with no lighting that sometimes smells of sick and where a drunk man will scream abuse at you five nights in a row. Only a lucky few get to ride the waves inbetween and that usually due to some financial sponsorship/management covering costs/they’ve been giving handjobs to a kindly benefactor all year. Plus I’ll be 6 months up the duff and quite frankly the idea of a ‘dry’ fringe fills me with more horror than childbirth.
That said here are some shows I recommend; Michael Legge, Colin Hoult, Jessica Fosteskew, Tom Neenan, Sara Pascoe, Lucy Porter, Sarah Kendall, Jenny Bede. I’ve not seen any of them though so if they’re fucking rubbish don’t blame me.
I’m doing two new podcasts at the London Podcast Festival. Because my co-hosts have sodded off for the summer we’re doing our second episode of Bad Therapy on Saturday 16th September at 9pm. I’m also hosting the pilot episode of a brand new political comedy podcast called Any Stupid Questions the next night Sunday 17th September at 9pm. No guests confirmed yet but believe me they’ll be incredible. We’re aiming for Graham Chapman and Nelson Mandela.
My 2016 sell-out fringe show is now available to stream on fabulous UK comedy site Next Up. You can try before you buy with this 10 minute taster.