November 2014 Update
Dear Friends of German Comedy...
It's now a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall and only marginally longer since I last sent out a monthly bulletin.
You would think sending out missives in such low frequency should equate to an embarrassment of riches when it comes to hilarious anecdotes. But I'm touring and there's only so much excitement to be had on motorway services. The absolute highlight is probably asking for a spare cup at a Starbucks and then drink all their free milk. Semi-skimmed, full fat, the lot! And not pay a penny!
And if the dearth of amusing encounters wasn't bad enough, I've started to become worried of sharing any thoughts with anyone. Traditionally stand-up comedians had to be terrified of what spurious criticisms the Daily Mail had lined up against them. Over the last few weeks there's been an equally good chance of making the news after being vilified by a right-on mob of fellow performers and online herberts. The latest one to get some (and not in a good way) is Daniel O'Reilly for his character Dapper Laughs.
Even on my basic TV package I have the choice between roughly 62 channels, each of which offer up to 24 hours of programming per day. If I wanted to start a petition against every programme I don't like, I wouldn't have time to leave the house. And who would be drinking Starbucks dry?
Now for some administrative catching up! Please find below the video of the prize draw for the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. Please ignore me not having any idea about postcodes on Tyneside. All winners have been informed.
At the time I wanted the landlord to get run over by a car but there comes a point when you have to let go. Or hire a car.
In other news please have a look at my new website design. It's just as functional as its predecessor. And while you're at it you might as well have a quick look at this;
In case the DVD isn't expensive enough for your taste you have until the end of January to go to the excellent Germany exhibition at the British Museum and spend 100 quid on a tankard in the souvenir shop.
Have a great November!
Please find below a list of upcoming gigs. It would be great to see you at one of those.
Sorry if your favourite venue is sold out but as I am touring until November 2015 chances are I'll be back in your area before too long.
New dates are being added throughout.
3 - BRIDPORT - Electric Palace - SOLD OUT
4 - DARTFORD - The Orchard - SOLD OUT
5 - CHELMSFORD - Civic Theatre - SOLD OUT
10 - GUILDFORD - G Live - SOLD OUT - EXTRA DATE ADDED 16 APRIL 2015
11 - BEXHILL - De La Ware Pavilion - SOLD OUT
12 - ISLE OF WIGHT - Medina Theatre - SOLD OUT
16 - LEAMINGTON SPA - Royal Spa - SOLD OUT
17 - EXETER - Corn Exchange - SOLD OUT - EXTRA DATE ADDED 4 FEB 2015
18 - SWINDON - Wyvern Theatre - SOLD OUT - EXTRA DATE ADDED 20 FEB 2015
19 - CARDIFF - Glee - SOLD OUT
23 - LEICESTER - Curve - SOLD OUT
24 - SALFORD QUAYS - Lowry - SOLD OUT
25 - SALFORD QUAYS - Lowry - SOLD OUT
26 - RUNCORN - Brindley Theatre - SOLD OUT
30 - BEDFORD - Corn Exchange - SOLD OUT
31 - MARGATE - Theatre Royal - SOLD OUT
2 - WINCHESTER - Theatre Royal - SOLD OUT
6 - LEEDS - City Varieties - SOLD OUT
7 - LEEDS - City Varieties - SOLD OUT
8 - SOUTHPORT - The Atkinson - SOLD OUT
12 - DURHAM - Gala Theatre - TICKETS
13 - BIRMINGHAM - Town Hall - SOLD OUT
14 - CHELTENHAM - Town Hall - SOLD OUT
15 - BARNSLEY - Civic Theatre - SOLD OUT
16 - BUXTON - Opera House - SOLD OUT
20 - KETTERING - The Lighthouse - TICKETS
21 - SHREWSBURY - Theatre Severn - SOLD OUT
22 - NOTTINGHAM - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
23 - SALFORD QUAYS - Lowry - SOLD OUT
24 - SALFORD QUAYS - Lowry - TICKETS
28 - POTTERS BAR - Wyllots Theatre - SOLD OUT
29 - STRATFORD - Arts House - SOLD OUT
4 - EXETER - Corn Exchange - SOLD OUT
5 - BRISTOL - Tobacco Factory - TICKETS
6 - BRISTOL - Tobacco Factory - TICKETS
7 - BRISTOL - Tobacco Factory - TICKETS
12 - HERTFORD - Herford Theatre - SOLD OUT- EXTRA DATE ADDED - 30th MAY
13 - LOUGHBOROUGH - Town Hall - TICKETS
14 - CREWE - Lyceum - TICKETS
20 - SWINDON - Wyvern Theatre - SOLD OUT
21 - NEWPORT - Riverfront - TICKETS
22 - WIMBORNE - Tivoli Theatre - TICKETS
25 - ALDERSHOT - Princes Hall - TICKETS
26 - LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
27 - LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
28 - LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
4 - LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
5 - LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
6 - LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
7 - LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre - TICKETS
13 - REDHILL - Harlequin - TICKETS
14 - LINCOLN - Theatre Royal - TICKETS
15 - STOWE - Roxburgh Hall - VENUE WEBSITE
17 - GLASGOW - Citizens Theatre - TICKETS
20 - WORTHING - Connaught Theatre - TICKETS
21 - CAMBRIDGE - Corn Exchange - TICKETS
22 - HARLOW - Playhouse - TICKETS
26 - HARROGATE - Theatre - TICKETS
27 - WAKEFIELD - Unity Works - TICKETS
28 - SOUTHEND - Palace Theatre - TICKETS
29 - BASINGSTOKE - The Anvil - TICKETS
9 - MELTON MOWBRAY - Melton Theatre - TICKETS
10 - WARWICK - Arts Centre - TICKETS
14 - REDDITCH - Palace Theatre - TICKETS
15 - WOLVERHAMPTON - The Wulfrun - TICKETS
16 - STAFFORD - Gatehouse - TICKETS SOON
17 - LANCASTER - The Dukes - TICKETS SOON
21 - EVESHAM - Arts Centre - TICKETS
22 - GREAT TORRINGTON - Plough Arts Centre - TICKETS SOON
23 - WESTON SUPER MARE - The Playhouse - TICKETS SOON
24 - YEOVIL - Octagon Theatre - TICKETS
29 - HAYWARDS HEATH - Clair Hall - TICKETS SOON
30 - HERTFORD - Hertford Theatre - TICKETS SOON
31 - SOUTHAMPTON - Nuffield Theatre - TICKETS SOON