Post-Apocalypse Update

blog, comedy, newsletter, performance, Podcast, poetry, radio, stand up, what's on

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!”

E30E97F1-F5D9-4175-A8BC-BA3DD9B39228_1_201_a

One Year Later…

blog, comedy, gig list, newsletter, Podcast, radio, stand up, what's on

fullsizeoutput_1d3a

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?

blog, comedy, gig list, newsletter, performance, Podcast, radio, stand up, what's on

fullsizeoutput_1720

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

comedy, gig list, newsletter, performance, stand up, what's on

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.

Timeout Magazine recommends Amused Moose Comedy shows

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