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Photos by North Vietnamese photographers show the war like it's never been seen.
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At Malcolm Hardee’s Tunnel Palladium comedy club, audiences would throw beer glasses at the acts they didn’t like...
Andthen2 asks: Has there ever been a real case of someone being pelted with tomatoes during a performance? As we’ve discussed in detail before (see: The Curious Case of the Claque), audiences haven’t always been kind to performers throughout history as evidenced by the fact that there was a thriving industry of people who made a rather lucrative living during [...]
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The Guardian reports that Israel's most recent ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, returned to Jerusalem "after being repeatedly warned over security breaches at his residence in St John’s Wood". Ap...
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This morning, I received an e-mail from this blog’s occasional Canadian correspondent Anna Smith. She lives on a boat in Vancouver. She used to be a stripper. Her sister is a priest. This is what h...
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Don’t mess with my chum Janey Godley... I would think this must be a near cert to be part of her Edinburgh Fringe show this year!
A comedian taking part in a UK-wide campaign to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister has said she is not going to vote for him. Janey Godley is one of several left-wing comedians - including Mark Steel and Jeremy Hardy - on a UK wide tour to "inspire people to get involved in supporting Jeremy Corbyn and also to raise the morale of Corbyn supporters". But Ms Godley joined the SNP in 2014 and boasted on Facebook about how she wanted to "boot Ukip an...
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THE GROUCHY CLUB PODCAST (35 mins)
After last week’s disaster, it takes comedy critic Kate Copstick and blogger John Fleming 16 minutes of bimbling and Copstick getting very angry, shouting at John, before we get to the meat of character comedy, spoof comedy and the joy of Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones, Spencer Jones (The Herbert), Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, Owen O’Neill, Laura Solon and Tim Vine... with mentions of Janey Godley, Lewis Schaffer and Baby Spice. So, you have been warned - non-lovers of non-sequiturs might want to miss the first 16 minutes!
http://thegrouchyclub.podomatic.com/entry/2016-02-05T15_43_06-08_00

THE GROUCHY CLUB LIVE is next Tuesday  in Shepherds Bush, London.
http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk
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Award-winning performer Juliette Burton brings her work in progress version of her brand new docu-comedy show to Leicester. 

It's decision time. Juliette has to make a BIG decision and she has to make it now. Can she learn from past choices? How can we tell we've picked the right path? 
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Rosemary Waugh talks to the actress, playwright and former RAF Airwoman about the struggles that shaped her journey to creating 'Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot' - a one-woman interrogation of female experiences in the military.
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This morning, I received an e-mail from this blog’s occasional Canadian correspondent Anna Smith. She lives on a boat in Vancouver. She used to be a stripper. Her sister is a priest. This is what her e-mail said… GOD… It’s taking me forever to get Skype.…
This morning, I received an e-mail from this blog’s occasional Canadian correspondent Anna Smith. She lives on a boat in Vancouver. She used to be a stripper. Her sister is a priest. This is what h...
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Next Tuesday, totally free, the monthly GROUCHY CLUB LIVE! in Shepherds Bush, London.
Kate Copi Copstick​ - dangerous doyenne of Edinburgh Fringe comedy critics - is bound to throw some near homicidal tantrum and sail close to the slanderous wind by slagging off some act or random person and I - a fat yet strangely sensuous slaphead Boswell to her Dr Johnson - will sit there muttering occasionally while she and the audience probably degenerate into gossip about sex, the comedy industry, sex, the Edinburgh Fringe, sex, various comedians’ unspeakable foibles and sex. And probably sex. I can only surmise based on past experience. 
There is a good reason why these shows are never podcast. What is brayed at the Grouchy Club Live stays in the Grouchy Club Live... 
Details and directions on the website.
http://www.grouchyclub.co.uk
THE GROUCHY CLUB with Kate Copstick & John Fleming
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Writer + TV, stage and (in theory) film producer
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About me

STAGE

At the Edinburgh Fringe last August, I chaired two debates about the comedy industry… organised two spaghetti-juggling contests… and produced a two-hour Malcolm Hardee Awards comedy/variety stage show. More details here.

In 2010 at the Fringe, I produced three comedy shows: It Is Rocket Science! V2 (recently revamped as a Radio 4 series), Keen & Khan: Starstruck! (with comedian Helen Keen & former NASA astrophysicist Dr Sophia Khan) and Free Until Famous with Lewis Schaffer (he’s still free but still not famous).

In 2009, I produced two Fringe shows – Helen Keen’s The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival and a 90-minute charity show Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! – It’s Bollock Relief! – The Malcolm Hardee Award Show. I was also consultant on two comedy shows: Aindrias de Staic’s The Summer I Did The Leaving and Lewis Schaffer’s Bigger and Blacker.

2007-2010 I was talent consultant for New York entertainment company Green Room Presents. Through them, I was also consultant for two off-Broadway venues: 45 Bleecker Street and The Green Room. I am now UK consultant for New York based entertainment company Inbrook.

AWARDS SPONSORSHIP

Since 2005, I have sponsored (currently three) annual Malcolm Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. These will continue until at least 2017 (because, apart from anything else, I have already had the trophies made!). The Awards are for ‘Comic Originality’, ‘Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid’ and a ‘Cunning Stunt’ award for best publicity stunt to publicise a Fringe act or show. More details here.

BOOKS

I wrote godfather of alternative comedy Malcolm Hardee’s autobiography I Stole Freddie Mercury’s Birthday Cake and, for Random House, edited both Scots comedian Janey Godley’s autobiography Handstands in the Dark and Sit-Down Comedy, an anthology of new stories by 19 stand-up comedians. Many moons ago I also myself contributed to the anthology Anatomy of the Movies with director Martin Scorsese, actor Donald Sutherland et al.

MOVIES

In 2010, I financed the controversial British movie Killer Bitch - the screen debut of cage fighter Alex Reid (ex-Mr Katie Price).

TELEVISION

I have been a writer/producer/director of on-screen TV promotions for 20 years, working for UK, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Irish, Norwegian and Swedish channels, also making press & marketing tapes for most and promoting/ marketing channel launches in the Czech Republic, Ireland and the UK… I have been on the production teams of various UK entertainment shows – usually finding new talent – including Tiswas, Game For a Laugh, Surprise Surprise, The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross and Jack Dee’s Saturday Night; I producedThe Last Laugh with Jerry Sadowitz.

PERIODICALS

In ancient days, I was Film Section Editor of the hippie newspaper International Times and later wrote interviews/features for the likes of House of Hammer, House of Horror, Screen International and Starburst magazines and The Movieand The Photo partworks. I blog for the Huffington Post.

WEBSITES

I built and look after Janey Godley’s website and, in the past, have built and webmastered sites for comedians Ricky Grover, Jeff Innocent and Ian Watt as well as scriptwriter Nigel Crowle, eccentric inventor John Ward, author Cass Pennant, DVD company Gangster Videos, art/literary site Con Artists etc

AND OTHER SUNDRY THINGS

Along the way, I have also worked for BBC News, ITN, written a comedy obituary for The Independent and written questions for a children’s game show on Basque TV in Spain…

SO

TV shows, TV promotion/marketing, station launches, written for magazines, edited books, staged variety shows, financed a film, blog; been arrested by the Syrian Army in Beirut; cannot juggle cooked spaghetti.

More background here.

You can contact me direct by e-mail here.

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