Due to unforeseen circumstances (slight understatement) the untimely demise of humanity has been brought forward to 2020 and therefore ruined most people’s plans for world domination. However, it’s been a while since my last update and I wanted to let you know that so far as I’m aware I am still alive. Hopefully you are too and if you’re not then please do let me know if there is anything I can do to bring you back.
Since March, the grassroots of standup comedy seems to have virtually disappeared but while the theatres and stages are empty I’ve got lots of fond memories gigging all over London at some of the best (and worst) pubs imaginable. From the classiest basement in Croydon to an old brewery turned art centre in Hertfordshire I’d been steadily crafting my routines. I’d had a go at MCing my first comedy night and even dabbled in a little live poetry. My last gig was one of my favourites, a charity fundraiser for Shelter performing a full set alongside my comedy mentor with a brilliant crowd. Dad even captured it on video (finally!) and you can watch the whole thing on YouTube if you click here.
When lockdown came and the world bunkered down for the apocalypse I started work on building my own home studio and when I eventually emerged from a mountain of cables and Lego I started broadcasting my weekly radio shows from my bedroom (AKA The Pink House Studios!) It’s been quite a challenge but I never missed a show and over the past few months I’ve even managed to incorporate some extra “on brand” features whilst recording from home – I’ve commentated on a FIFA Xbox game, played guitar in the air guitar special and even got Mum & Dad doing the weather. If you haven’t tuned in for a while, I’m still broadcasting on Phoenix FM every Friday afternoon from 1pm and every Saturday night from 10pm.
Unfortunately my radio highlights podcast has been lying dormant for a while (ongoing dispute, I won’t bore you with the details) but thanks to a little hard work and wizardry you can now listen to all of my shows in full on the Phoenix FM website if you click here. You can also enjoy our weekly film reviews with my movie mate Mark Searby. The feature has a surprisingly large following in Iceland where we recently hosted the first singalong to Jaja Ding Dong (from Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga) at the Jaja Ding Dong Café in Húsavic – click here to see it!
My “Now You’re Talking” podcast which features guest interviews is still going great guns and on course to surpass 100 guests by the end of 2020. The wide range of random guests is always surprising with famous faces like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Nigel Planer of The Young Ones, Steve H of Marillion, Saffron of Republica and punk/folk rockstar Frank Turner amongst some of my most star-struck moments. Amidst the all-star lineup are some genuinely great people too with all sorts of stories to tell, from 104 year old Greta with all the life advice you could ever need to writing tips from Chris Wade, a conversation on boobs with Dorothy and community/charity projects like Cool To Be Kind and Essex Community Foundation Trust. A few of my interviews have even featured in the Brentwood Gazette with my face in the papers. (Sadly I’m still waiting to hear back about my modelling career.)
For obvious reasons it’s a little tricky to see what’s next in the life and times of a budding comedian right now but while I’ve parked the standup comedy for a while I’m looking to focus a little more on writing with a couple of short stories in the pipeline. I’ve also got plans for a YouTube poetry series, an exciting musical venture on the way, my own Lego movie and I’ve just set myself up as a voiceover artist so I’ll let you know when Morgan Freeman gets bored with it!
Until then I’ll be on your radio, all over social media and on the odd podcast and YouTube video too. If you fancy catching up on any of it then you’ll find links to everything in the “on demand” section of my website. (click here)
And that’s it, apart from that I’m just as confused as you are and hoping to see it all through – best of luck with it! Thanks for rooting for me and being my chum. Take care and in the words of Queen “keep yourself alive!”