This was recorded during the world record attempt for longest running stand-up comedy show at Rock the Atic in Banbury, UK. Acts were doing an hour each and multiple sets with an incredibly supportive audience. One guy has been screaming through the other comics’ sets and I was already angry with him before I got on stage. This is what happened next
Well Dark Times was a success. It was a big thing to do, booking out the Comedy Store and hoping we’d get enough people coming in to warrant something that grandiose. Thanks to everyone that came, it really meant a lot.
What we weren’t expecting was a reviewer. Normally with these things part of the process is inviting the press in to watch then using that press to get more people to future shows but this was an experimental one off and we didn’t want to have that added pressure. However a reviewer did come (secretly) and they totally got what we were aiming for with the show. I’ve been reviewed before but that was in my previous incarnation as a club comic who does normal comedy stuff, this was the first review of material I strongly believe in. Go check out the review here as they deserve the traffic for schlepping down to the Comedy Store on a Wednesday night for two comics they hadn’t heard of. Long story short the review is excellent and everyone had a good time and I’m bloody ecstatic that this wasn’t just me having a mid life crisis.
If you want to see what all the fuss is about Simon and I are at the New Mills Art theatre tomorrow (Saturday) here’s the link and I’m doing my solo show in Stoke next Friday (18th) and tickets are here
So yeah totally and completely failed in every way to keep updating this regularly. I have no excuse beyond getting married and moving house all in the same month plus having a job that requires me to drive the same amount of distance as a HGV driver without the regular pay cheque and roadside blowjobs.
However next week I get to do 3 gigs with a totally incredible comedian.
I met Simon King end of last year and we realised we’re on the same page with regards to the kind of comedy we like and what we want to do with it only Simon is about 10 times the comedian I am. Check out this video and try to tell me he’s not incredible, you won’t be able to unless you’re lying:
Wednesday 9th November we’re at the Manchester Comedy Store doing our two man show Dark Times which has zero tinder jokes or bantz, tickets are £8 get them here Comedy Store tickets
Friday 11th November is my hometown in Lichfield show Comedy 42 which is us two plus a couple of other incredible comedians – Comedy 42 tickets
and finally Saturday 12th we’re doing Stand Up for the Left in Derbyshire which is a night all about smashing down our Tory masters – Smash the establishment
After a sell out run of work in progress shows at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival I’m now performing my solo show “Distant” for real at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Saturday March 5th. I’m so damn excited about it because this is a show about things I believe in, it’s counter culturalism at it’s best and I fully intend to change some minds. As I said we had a run of sell out dates in Leicester so would love to fill the theatre on March 5th.
I wrote this show as a reaction to where I was a year ago and how far I felt that was from where I wanted to be. Now I’m closer to that, saying things that I feel matter instead of just empty distractions. If you like intelligent comedy, sticking it to the man, the word “fuck” or just a fat guy who’s passionate about change then you should come.
Grab tickets here – Ticket link
A few months ago I was starting to experiment with slightly darker comedy, as you guys will know, and I sent out a couple of jokes into the ether not really hoping for anything back but just seeing what everyone thought of my new direction. The response was phenomenal. My stuff got shared everywhere, tens of thousands shared my personal posts and millions copied it and shared it with me tagged. It even got translated into French, German, someone changed the currencies so it worked in America and Australia, it was liberating and completely amazing. This wasn’t my usual stuff, this was stuff I thought was too dark for an audience.
(here’s the most popular one, photo credit to Tyler Howlett)
It made me feel incredible, I was talking about stuff I believed in and people loved it.
I almost didn’t put this up. I’d put a few up before and the reaction from some peers had been so negative that it made me question myself. I started talking to a fantastic comic called Simon King (seriously check out this video – LINK) who encouraged me to stick up that meme. I did and now it’s everywhere.
Then he encouraged me to do a whole set based on this kind of stuff and then a show together.
So now we have a whole show we’re doing in London on Monday January 22nd at the Camden Head in Camden and we’d love you to come. Here’s the link to buy tickets – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/345133
It’s going to be something entirely different to what’s around now but also a bit old school, comedy with teeth and intelligence. Check out the link and if you’re reading this it’s probably for you.