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Don’t ask. I have had no time to write a blog today and I won’t before midnight. Don’t ask. So what follows is what happens when I don’t have time to write a blog before midnight. Yesterday, I forwarded to my chum Mr Methane (the world’s only professional…
Don’t ask. I have had no time to write a blog today and I won’t before midnight. Don’t ask. So what follows is what happens when I don’t have time to write a blog before midnight. Yesterday, I forw...
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Artwork by ERIK JOHANSSON Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Prints   "The Architect" is the latest photo manipulation by artist and photographer Erik Johansson (featured previously). ...
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  [Huckleberry Fine Art] Artist Rob Gonsalves was born in Toronto, Canada in 1959. During his childhood, he developed an interest in drawing from imagination using various media. By age twelve...
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The latest weekly Grouchy Club Podcast (44 mins)
Comedy critic Kate Copstick and me on the origin of Edinburgh’s Free Fringe, bad UK sitcoms, William Shatner’s funniest role, why Copstick dislikes comic Lee Evans and Peter O’Toole but loves Tom Cruise and lusts after a famous actress. Plus the sound of a woman begging and Copstick attacking children. 
Recorded at the British Library. 
http://thegrouchyclub.podomatic.com
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In a blog in March last year, I chatted to writer-director Ben Cookson about his first feature film Almost Married. Now it has been nominated as Best Comedy in the inaugural National Film Awards. Public voting ends on 12th March and the actual Awards…
In a blog in March last year, I chatted to writer-director Ben Cookson about his first feature film Almost Married. Now it has been nominated as Best Comedy in the inaugural National Film Awards. P...
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The next time someone at your office lets out a "silent but deadly" emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter in England suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food, causing gas — could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the implication is what you're thinking: People are taking the research to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even c...
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My chum comedian Janey Godley​ explains how blogging changed her life. I can only dream of such things...
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Jo Burke is slightly worried about performing her new show. She is performing it at the Brighton Fringe for three nights in May. Then at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. “I’m on the Edinburgh train again,” she told me, “but with far fewer suitcases. I…
Jo Burke is slightly worried about performing her new show. She is performing it at the Brighton Fringe for three nights in May. Then at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. “I’m on the Edinburgh train ...
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Research from Business for Britain published today takes a detailed statistical approach to the question of who makes Britain's laws. On the one hand we had Nick Clegg claiming in his debate with N...
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Yesterday, after unsuccessfully trawling St Pancras station for a likely place to sit, comedy critic Kate Copstick and I recorded our third Grouchy Club Podcast sitting outside the British Library on  Euston Road in London. The result runs 44 minutes and…
Yesterday, after unsuccessfully trawling St Pancras station for a likely place to sit, comedy critic Kate Copstick and I recorded our third Grouchy Club Podcast sitting outside the British Library ...
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This blog is being posted very late today because, basically, I slept all morning. Pure laziness. Then I went to a 27-hour Comic Relief live podcast being run at Fubar Radio by Geekatorium podcaster Paul Gannon. There was a smell in the studio of stale…
This blog is being posted very late today because, basically, I slept all morning. Pure laziness. Then I went to a 27-hour Comic Relief live podcast being run at Fubar Radio by Geekatorium podcaste...
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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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