One Year Later…

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The end of September marked a year since I quit my day job in search of something different and without spending too much time dwelling on the changes, I’m certain that “different” is what I’ve found! I recently met with some former colleagues and after a long and lovely catch up it was impossible not to reflect on the last year. If I can pass on one piece of advice from it then it’d be to open yourself up to change, embrace what comes your way and follow the opportunities that present themselves – like me, you’ll be surprised where they might lead you!

My journey started with standup comedy and I’m pleased to say that I’m still gigging most weeks. If you’ve yet to see me in action then now would be a great time to get yourself along to a gig while I’m working on new material – my gig list can be found here and it’s looking fairly healthy. The new stuff is going down well and I recently met the legendary Barry Cryer! I asked him for his tips on staying in comedy for the long-haul and his advice was to get rejected often early in your career… so I’m looking forward to a year of rejections! 

Since I last wrote to you I’ve reached a few milestones in radio, completing my 75th show, surpassing 150 hours of broadcasting and surviving my first ever full scale system breakdown! (The playout PC crashed so I had to keep talking live on air until it rebooted – TERRIFYING!) 

I spent the summer earning my stripes as a chat show host, interviewing acts at Latitude Festival and Standon Calling Festival. I made full use of my first backstage press pass and shortly afterwards launched a new podcast “Now You’re Talking” where you can hear me chatting to all sorts of bands, artists, comedians and actors. It was a surreal experience interviewing some comedy icons; Tez Ilyas, Maisie Adam, Cally Beaton, Johnny Cochrane and Jonathan Pie and you can see my awkward TV debut chatting to Flamingods backstage after their set here. After July’s field experience, I conducted a live phone-in back at the studio throughout august for comedians at the Camden & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, interviewing 23 comedians in the world’s first ever #FringePhoneIn.

I’ve now taken on hosting the weekly fixture of Phoenix FM’s film reviews with Mark Searby so you can hear me chipping in light-hearted banter and vaguely relevant comments as he reviews all the latest cinema and DVD releases. You can listen to the chat live on Phoenix FM every Friday from 1:30pm or catch up here.

My plans to become a writer have been a little overshadowed by the comedy and radio breakthroughs of late but I’m still hoping to publish a children’s story in time for Christmas this year. I’m also working on a short story and will be offering exclusive “mates rates” to everyone subscribed to my website! Plans are also afoot to co-write a few comedy sketches based on my time in radio, I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on all of the above.

In the meantime, you can catch me on the radio every Thursday and Friday afternoon 1pm-3pm and every Saturday night from 10pm on Phoenix FM. I’ll also be covering the Breakfast show for a whole week starting 28th October including the absolute honour of waking up the world at the dawn of a post-brexit apocolypse on 1st November! If you’re an early riser then tune in from 7am (yes, that is too early – I’ll be up at 5am!) 

Just a quick reminder that you can enjoy all of my “on demand” radio/tv content here and that you can see a full list of my comedy gigs here all courtesy of my website – freshly revamped.

Thanks again for your support/fandom/cheerleading – you’re awesome. 

Catch up soon

Stew

What’s Occurring?

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Last time I wrote to you I was the fresh-faced newbie on your radio. Now, I’m still a newbie – probably less fresh but not quite “stale” yet. Sort of like a banana… I’ve passed the early stage where it’s a bit too soon to enjoy it and now I’m softening up, developing my own flavour. Also, I’m part of the “bunch”, bruise easily and you can’t leave me out in the sun. Alright, I’m out of comparisons now but you get the idea!

I’ve racked up over 50 hours of airtime as a presenter on Phoenix FM with my One2Three show on Friday afternoons, The As Yet Untitled Rock Show every Tuesday night, a whole week of DriveTime cover and a couple of spots covering Brunch. If you haven’t tuned in yet then don’t worry, you’ve missed all the rubbish bits and I’ve really got the hang of it now! If you check out my radio page you’ll find all the details of where/when/how to listen, you can join me for the live show or catch up on the “best bits” in my podcast. So far we’ve covered all sorts; debunked myths, built a remote control for life, solved the world’s environmental issues, assembled a celebrity cabinet and hosted the One Hit Wonder World Cup (Chesney Hawkes for LIFE!) all mixed in with great music and some extremely subtle/obvious post-news trolling.

It’s going to be a busy summer as part of a small team of presenters reporting from Standon Calling and Latitude Festival – I’ll be interviewing a whole host of musicians and comedians and you’ll hear them all on my radio blog. Of course, I’ll also upload some highlights to my podcast when I’ve finished enjoying the festivities and rocking my wellies off!

In other news, I’ve joined the team at Amused Moose Comedy so you’ll see my name at the bottom of their emails and my face is a regular in Soho. It’s great to be a part of where my comedy journey began and doing this means I get to meet and work with new comedians trying standup for the first time as well as some of the best on the circuit. Plus I’ve added Mark Dolan to my list of comedy connections!

My standup comedy routine has had a load of updates and I’m starting to piece together a story arc to tie in all my short “bits”. I’ve also been working with Lee Nelson‘s co-writer/producer and I’m hoping to get another video clip out this summer. 

As always, it’d be great to see you at one of my gigs and I’d love for you to join me for some quality chat and tunes on the radio. I’m also on the lookout for interesting guests so if there’s anything you, or someone you know, would like to share or promote then do get in touch. 

Stay cool, stay classy and stay dry!

Amused Moose Graduation Showcase

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Alright folks, good news from the next world…

I’m very excited to announce my debut as a stand up comedian!

During the last few months I’ve met some awesome and talented new friends on the Amused Moose Comedy Course.

Now that we’ve all become experts in making each other laugh, it’s about time we shared our new talents with bigger audiences.

So, before flying the proverbial nest, we’ll all be performing in a spectacular graduation showcase at the Karma Sanctum Hotel, Soho, London on 12th December 2018.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here for details.

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I’ll be announcing some more gigs soon and I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

Until then, I’ll be desperately trying to memorise my set, breathing into a paper bag and listening to my confidence boosting playlist on repeat!

Stay cool and see you soon

Stewart