Next Level Sketch with Daniel Willis and Just These Please

I can’t take too much credit for this one. Distracted by writing and learning a song to perform at my sister’s impending wedding, approximately 95% of the organisation, preparation and planning was done by my fabulous co-producers Paul Creasy and Nadine Bailey, pictured here, as everyone should be, on the far left. I had alsoContinue reading “Next Level Sketch with Daniel Willis and Just These Please”

Christian Brighty: Playboy, Brighton Fringe

I first saw Brighty as 1/3 of clown collective Privates, which is an unusual number of balls. Here, he plays a very different kind of testicle in the shape of eighteenth century heartbreaker Lord Christian Brighty – an ancestor, perhaps – in this very enjoyable hour of caddery, invisible ballroom partners, and ships struggling withContinue reading “Christian Brighty: Playboy, Brighton Fringe”

Next Level Sketch with Cow Tools and Julia Masli

No one buys any tickets: I worry. Loads of people buy tickets: I worry. Such is the lot of a comedy producer with comedy anxiety. I knew we were going to have a decent crowd in, but what if it’s terrible? What if I’m terrible? I am like the ancient Gauls, worried that the skyContinue reading “Next Level Sketch with Cow Tools and Julia Masli”

The Producers: a Mel Brooks musical, Bridewell Theatre, London

London has myriad nooks and crannies. Tucked away on an old alley off Fleet Street is the Bridewell theatre, where has-been Broadway producer Max Bialystok is resigned to a life of first-night flops and exploring certain other nooks and crannies in order to finance them. The Producers, a musical of a film about a musical,Continue reading “The Producers: a Mel Brooks musical, Bridewell Theatre, London”

Newsletter / Don’t Look Up / Boiling Point

January is nearly over and I’m only just easing into it. Like a Victorian gentleman emerging from a preposterous bathing contraption, I suppose I will eventually dip my toe into 2022. But I remain wary. I’ve just written my latest newsletter, promoting all the various comedy things I’ve got planned over the next few weeks.Continue reading “Newsletter / Don’t Look Up / Boiling Point”

REVIEW: Clean Living under Difficult Circumstances: Finding a Home in the Ruins of Modernism, by Owen Hatherley

As the title implies, Owen Hatherley is trying his best in trying times. This collection of his essays covers everything from tributes to Black Box Recorder to shop signs in Walthamstow High Street, from early blog posts to recent essays for the London Review of Books, as Britain staggers from late Blairism to coalition austerityContinue reading “REVIEW: Clean Living under Difficult Circumstances: Finding a Home in the Ruins of Modernism, by Owen Hatherley”

REVIEW: Everything, all the time, everywhere, by Stuart Jeffries.

I was an undergraduate during post-modernism’s golden age. It was 1998 and things, we had recently been assured, could only get better.  Warwick uni was the quickest to embrace New Labour’s neoliberal reimagining of higher education. Private security goons stalked campus roads to nowhere. Treatises as brazenly unserious as Francis Fukuyama’s End of History wereContinue reading “REVIEW: Everything, all the time, everywhere, by Stuart Jeffries.”

Film Review: Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve

“Today’s mega-Audience is way better trained, and TV has discarded what is not needed. A dog, if you point at something, will look only at your finger.” David Foster Wallace I’m currently reading “Everything, everywhere, all the time”, Stuart Jeffries’s fun pop-culture polemic about how post-modernism has taken over both the world and our souls.Continue reading “Film Review: Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve”

Review: Legs comedy present Logs, Soho Theatre

This review first appeared on Phoenix Remix I’ve seen Legs Comedy do Logs twice in one week. Does that make me a Logs ultra? The first time was a mere ten minutes of wood at ACMS. Tonight was the full, burning, forest of their hour long show at Soho Theatre, at the pleasingly wild timeContinue reading “Review: Legs comedy present Logs, Soho Theatre”