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When will I be on Live at the Apollo?

Recently I had two gigs back-to-back that weren't terrible. Hardly a ringing endorsement, but when I told a mate i'd…
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Gigs #20 & #21 – A tale of two gigs

I've decided to roll gigs #20 & #21 together as they are good examples of how life doesn't always work…
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Gig #19 – The Holly Bush, Dudley

I've not blogged for a couple of gigs and had no real intention of doing many more, however, after talking…
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Gig #17 – Bramall, Stockport

As a comedian (and for reference I still feel very uncomfortable using that term to describe myself) you get to…
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Gig #16 – Roast Bar, Leeds

My first gig outside the North West tonight at the Roast Bar in Leeds. I have to admit I like…
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Inspiration and tiny steps

I've noticed that recently my blog posts have gone from witty, hilarious anecdotal, nuanced pieces and become rather predictable -…
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Gig #15 – Vinyl, Liverpool (Compere)

Usually when I have a gig in the evening I spend the entire day worried, feel sick and have the…
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Writing songs about Panda’s

I was bored this evening so decided to write a song. It's below so you can have a listen but…
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Gig #14 – Comedy Balloon, Manchester

To be honest I wasn't sure how to write this gig up - it was, to steal a terrible phrase…
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Getting out of a rut

(This is just my ideas and what's currently going round in my head, you may disagree, but please let me…
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Fear Of Flying – 4

They sat in silence for nearly two hours, the only sounds the slamming doors in other parts of the police…
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Gig #13 – The Abbey Inn, Oldham

Two gigs in a week is really unusual for me - it's not that I don't try and find gigs,…
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Gig #12 – Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool

I was thrilled (if very surprised) to be asked by Binty to perform at Hot Water's 6 of the best…
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Gig #11 – The Millstone, Bolton.

I'd never been to Bolton before so when Nigel Needham asked me to play his gig I was excited for…
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Fear Of Flying – 3

Simon had never been a big fan of change. He liked the safety of knowing what was happening when, consistency…
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Fear Of Flying – 2

The old police officer's morning had been, he could safely say, pretty poor. He'd not slept well the previous night…
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Fear Of Flying – 1

This story starts, as all good stories must, on a Tuesday. At a railway station, waiting for the working week…
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Surviving a seeming arts apocalypse… (part 1)

It seems not a day passes without further signs in the decline of British Theatre in the regions, from the…
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Gig #10 – Rawhide RAW

I really didn't want to do this gig if I'm honest, I think I'd had a rough week at Beat…
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Gig #8 – Beat The Frog, Preston

It'd been nearly two weeks since my last gig and I was feeling kind of nervous about my next outing.…
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Prestogigaphobia – The fear of gigging in Preston

Guess what this blog post is about... Yes, you've guessed it, I'm heading back to Preston to see how I…
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What I learnt this week…#1

I think it's important to blog regularly, and to be honest for the last few weeks I have been quite…
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Film Review: Lincoln

Sometimes films inspire you, compel  you to write about them. You exit the cinema, heart filled with joy, soul crying…
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Gig #7 – Hot Water Comedy Club

So here I am again, writing up a gig, and my good performance average has gone up from 16% to…
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Gig #6 – The Beech Inn, Chorlton

I've been inspired to write up some gig notes by Ste Price (click here for his excellent site) to evaluate…
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My thoughts on Lord Of The Rings

Someone asked me this morning what I thought of The Hobbit and instantly regretted it. It all started all so innocuously,…
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Resolutions

Every year I have a habit of, like many other people, making new year resolutions. Originally when I first tried…
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Perspective and Paper

It's been a while since I wrote a semi-philosophical self-indulgent blog so I thought that now (12.43am - I can't…
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The (almost) rise of the Phoenix…

After last week's horrendous gig in Preston morale was pretty low approaching the Manchester Beat The Frog event. I'd had…
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Things to remember when performing!

I've been feeling quite nervous about my upcoming gigs so I thought I'd write down some tips I'd been given…
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Crash and burn

I guess it was bound to happen eventually, that moment of quite spectacular failure, and yes, tonight was the night…
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Headaches and Heckles

I've just had gig #3 (this time at the lovely Hot Water Comedy Club). It was the first gig I've…
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The problem with 5 minutes

What can you achieve in 5 minutes? I ask this question because, after a drought of gigs in the past…
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Back of the net…

I have a couple of friends I used to play a huge amount of Pro Evo Soccer with on the…
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Anyone but him

Everyone has a friend who is a bit of a knob. You know the type: They'll arrive at dinner parties…
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Cheese (part 1)

If you've not seen me recently you'll not know that I'm eating a lot more cheese... Anyway, here's my latest…
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Seating Arrangements

I was on the tube on Friday travelling to Finsbury Park from Waterloo, normally a pain-free and relatively hassle-free experience.…
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Things I know… (I wish I didn’t)

It's Tuesday, which of course means that it is time for the brilliant Fresh Meat! It got me thinking about…
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The Fame Game

I was thinking about whether I'd like to be famous or not today. Not that I'd get much choice in…
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Whisky, and other lesser issues.

For those who know me well, you'll know that I've always been a fan of the odd beer or two,…
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Interview: Josie Long

If.comeddies Best Newcomer winner and three time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long is a comedian, writer and actor. Her…
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My first gig…

So, didn't tell everyone because I was really nervous about this, however now its been done I can talk freely…
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Who are you people?!?

I've been writing this blog for over a year now, possibly close to two, and yet still I don't seem…
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The Great British Bake Off

What is wrong with me? I mean seriously, what has become of my life? It used to be so simple,…
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Standing Up

For those who are regular followers of my blog you'll know that I'm a wreckless self-publicist constantly inundating unsuspecting facebook friends and…
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Facing Fear

I was trying to write some stand up material today and found myself thinking about fear and particularly having an…
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Interview: Fred MacAulay

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Fred MacAulay is one of Scotland's most famous comedians who has performed…
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Interview: Markus Birdman

Standup comedian Markus Birdman is performing his latest show Love, Life and Death at The Stand at Edinburgh Festival before going on…
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Festival’s everywhere!

I have been considering recently what I'd do if I won the lottery, something that I imagine lots of people…
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Fifty Shades Of Ginger

"...and then after that, well, there was nothing for it, we hi-fived!" concluded Christian Grey as he recounted another of…
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Edinburgh 2012 Reviews

I've just returned from four glorious days in sunny Edinburgh (it seems wrong to say...), basking in comedic and theatrical…
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Obscure Sports

"RUBBISH" I find myself proclaiming at the screen, "Absolute rubbish." You might have thought I'd be talking about some ghastly…
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Review: Essentials M8 Microphone

To specialise or not to specialise that is the question. Some companies are dedicated to certain types of equipment, they…
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Comedy Review: Jon Richardson

    For someone who claims to be a "bit of a penis", "a dick" and an all round nasty…
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Olympic LIVE Blog

Hello and welcome to the LIVE (all caps) blog of what's been going down... I've been at Jon Richardson's show…
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Review: Farida J-16ENS Guitar

No one likes to admit that they're average. In pub conversations, on clubbing nights out, on dates, holidays, during meals…
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Becoming a cycling hero…

I bought a bike. This is an unusual sentence for me to say for two reason. It's also quite surprising…
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WANTED: Company to produce

Is it me or is everyone a producer nowadays? I was chatting to my good friend, director Charlotte Bennett this…
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It’s Always Right Now…

This weekend I popped over to Manchester to see the excessively talented Daniel Kitson perform his show, It's Always Right Now,…
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Work In Progress – Part 1

Hello! I'm abandoning football commentary to put some new writing up. I've been writing a show to record and then…
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