Been quite quiet on here for a while. There are many reasons for this, some fit for public consumption, others far from it.
Just to keep you up to speed on what I’m currently up to I have been made Staff Writer at Comedy Central in the UK. This includes writing all the links across all the channels, as well as working across online and print campaigns and consulting on the development of potential commissions.
I’ve also just finished producing a ten-part series of podcasts for the channel. Robin and Josie’s Utter Shambles proved a very enjoyable experience in which I got to work with a few personal heroes from the world of comedy and popular culture. Meeting comics legend Alan Moore and finding him to be polite, friendly, warm and hilarious was a real treat. I also got to indulge my inner geek by getting my copy of From Hell signed. The graphic novel, not the rubbish film version.
Utter Shambles has to date been downloaded over a million times and topped the comedy podcast chart on iTunes, so hopefully 2011 will see more. Click here to download all of them for free.
I’ve also been writing a regular blog for other digital comedy channel Dave. I’ve enjoyed doing this as it allows me to freely give my opinion on the comedy industry – a fickle, schizophrenic and bewildering beast that I continue to find enchanting, frustrating, exciting and depressing in equal measure. Anyway, here’s the blog. It’s written under an alias but it IS me.
So, as 2010 draws to a close what have I learnt over a year with more than its fair share of ups and downs? Well lots. But here are Ten 2010 nuggets I’d like to share with anyone who cares to read them:
1. Never ignore the elephant in the room. If you do, it’ll only turn around a bite you on the arse.
2. Whatever you think is going on, that’s what’s going on.
3. Michael Winner tweets brilliantly.
4. People are, on the whole, unhelpful.
5. It takes an hour and a half to walk from Highgate to Oxford Street.
6. NEVER ignore your gut feeling. If you do…see point 1.
7. Channel Four has stopped making good comedy – almost willfully so.
8. Listening to audio versions of autobiographies is a true joy.
9. Red Dead Redemption is arguably the most fun you can have on a computer that doesn’t involve porn.
10. Happiness is…