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Last year, Ariane Sherine wrote a feature about a poet who creates fantastic house signs in Kentish Town, London.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ariane-sherine/give-me-a-sign_b_7963030.html
This week the story got picked up by NPR in Washington DC (the US's largest radio network) and broadcast to 11.8 million listeners across America. They did a short interview with Ariane and the poet, which you can read or listen to below.
For three years, someone has been putting funny, often inspiring signs on a front stoop in Kentish Town, London. NPR spoke with the man behind the words, poet Mark Waddell.
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50p today - nothing to do with me - 1959 Cambridge University Footlights Revue -

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BBC comedy chief steps down - Mark Freeland quits over creative freedoms
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Last night, I went to the weekly Tuesday night Lion’s Den Comedy Club (aka Comedy Car Crash) in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue, run by Tim Rendle. How do you become a comedy club promoter? If Tim Rendle is anything to go by, then fuck knows. He has been a…
Last night, I went to the weekly Tuesday night Lion’s Den Comedy Club (aka Comedy Car Crash) in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue, run by Tim Rendle. How do you become a comedy club promoter? If Tim Rend…
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Comic under fire for 'retard' jokes - 'Callous and gratuitous verbal violence'
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The latest weekly Grouchy Club Podcast - A comedian who plans to get audience members up on stage to have live sex.

Plus why critic Kate Copstick is an ‘easy lay’, the man who chatted her up last week, the small African who disappeared between her legs, how to spot a large penis, her time in a jacuzzi with a poodle and her failed attempt to cut her pubic hair into a heart shape and dye it pink.

Plus clothing for dogs, a comedian's floating bottom, dead diminutive singer Prince and a free stage area for Edinburgh Fringe previews.
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Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.
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Katzenberg's fellow co-founder Steven Spielberg set to collect a pile of dough too
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Whenever I fly, I like to talk to the person sitting next to me. Once in a while, I find that we know at least one person in common.…
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Janey Godley’s podcast with Ashley Storrie - this week on the Hillsborough decision, Jeremy Hunt and the lies of Kelvin MacKenzie. Plus Janey’s childhood fights. childhood fights.
In episode 295 of Janey Godley’s podcast with award winning comic Ashley Storrie we discuss Jeremy hunt, Hillsborough and make up lies about kelvin McKenzie as that’s something he is good at. Janey discusses her past and Ashley tells us about her childhood fights. There is great celebration over Liverpool and we are dedicating tonight’s podcast to the people who never gave up. Check out our podcast advert on Vimeo If you would like to support...
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The British police "perverting the course of justice” and committing “perjury”? Quelle surprise...
Calls are being made for senior police officers to be held accountable for the deaths of 96 fans in the Hillsborough disaster.
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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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