Wading through the Content Mines

Time is endless and passes in the blink of an eye. I’ve had loads to write about but I haven’t been sure where to begin; the problem with journalising is it’s easy to fall out of the habit, and when you fall out of the habit you fall off a cliff. But if someone failsContinue reading “Wading through the Content Mines”

Gonna be a painter all my life

There’s an old Hefner song called Alan Bean, named after the fourth man on the moon. It always got to me, because Alan Bean went to space, saw the earth spinning away beneath him, and knew what he wanted to be. “Gonna be a painter all my life,” sings Hayman, as Bean. It almost feelsContinue reading “Gonna be a painter all my life”

Next Level Sketch: happy birthday to us

A year to the day (ish), I was on stage with Mr Euan Brown introducing Next Level Sketch’s debut show upstairs at the Miller. It’s all a bit of a blur now, so present James is relieved that past James wrote up a minute by minute live blog of the whole event. Quite how heContinue reading “Next Level Sketch: happy birthday to us”

The Inaugural Next Level Sketch Awards

Wednesday was our sketch collective’s Christmas Party and awards show, which we put together to celebrate the funny stuff we somehow managed to get out over the course of what I am contractually obliged to describe as a Challenging Year. The party was on Zoom, and people who we hadn’t seen at any online scriptContinue reading “The Inaugural Next Level Sketch Awards”

A Universal Translator for Fish

Like Elastica but with less heroin addiction, my podcast Sketches That Never Quite Made It made a belated return last night, after a three month hiatus. It was good to come back to it with fresh ears and new bad ideas. Listening back to earlier episodes, the podcast has taken a while to find itsContinue reading “A Universal Translator for Fish”

Next Level Sketch: October show at Hoopla Impro, The Miller

We did it. We actually returned to a stage and put on a show! As I’ve written about before, I’m a producer for Next Level Sketch, a sketch comedy collective founded in late 2019, with a mind to do regular sketch comedy nights, as a) we enjoy writing and performing them and b) we feltContinue reading “Next Level Sketch: October show at Hoopla Impro, The Miller”