Venue Review: Dead Comedian’s Socks

Last night I was at Dead Comedian’s Socks, ably MC’ed by Frank Cassidy. It’s downstairs at Dirty Dicks (be careful how you google that!), just by London’s Liverpool Street station. The night gets through 18 open spots of new acts or new material plus a circuit regular doing ten minutes at the end. To keep it … Continue reading

I’m on tonight at Dead Comedian’s Socks

I’m on tonight at Dead Comedian’s Socks. Come down to Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London , EC2M 4NR.

Jokes on Film

I’m finally getting around to doing what everyone says you should and getting filmed – at Dead Comedian’s Socks tomorrow. I know it will be useful but also cringeworthy as I watch myself back. Still if it turns out even vaguely OK it could be useful for approaching all those out of town promoters. More … Continue reading

Link: Comedy Store – King Gong

Adding the Comedy Store as a potential gig would be a little hubristic if it wasn’t for King Gong. I haven’t had the balls to do it yet. Maybe I’ll see you there if I grow a pair.

How not to be a stand up comedian

I’m not sure how to be a good stand up yet, but my sojourn on the open mic circuit has taught me a lot about how not to be a good stand up comedian. I thought I’d share my accumulated wisdom with you now. If the audience didn’t laugh, it’s probably because they didn’t hear … Continue reading

Losing my voice

I don’t mean a frog in my throat (although I have had that for a few weeks – my voice has been fading out as I talk, just like the end of a pretentious film). I mean my voice as a comic. Although technically you have to have one to lose it. I have just … Continue reading

Promoting a (Professional) Comedy Night

Hopefully I will be, starting in March. Out in Reading. Watch this space.

Microphone Practice

How many comedians own their own mic and practice with it? Ideally you’d also need an amp and maybe headphones so you can get used to the sound of your own voice. Trouble is some people would never ever leave the house again if they could listen to themselves all day long. Just a random … Continue reading

Phil Zimmerman – there but for the grace of God

No time for a long post today. Just a quick thought. Phil Zimmerman,  comedian and pigoen impersonator, ruffled a few feathers (OK OK, it’s late at night and I’m tired…), when he started pecking rather too agressively in the direction of Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden. See the story here. But then lets face … Continue reading

Daniel Storp and the Ambush Comedy Club

It wasn’t called the Ambush Comedy Club but it should have been. I was talking to Daniel Storp the other day – in fact he was at my Laughing Horse heat – and he told me about something that had happened to him once. He’d turned up for an open mic gig at bar somewhere. … Continue reading