Travels

Deal pier

My summer wasn’t devoid of travel thankfully. There was a day trip to Deal, Kent; camping on the Isle of Sheppey; and a weekend in Newquay, Cornwall.

Deal pier (photo above) was impressive for the design of functionality over prettiness. The decent weather on the Isle of Sheppey, while the rest of the country seemed rain and wind, was much appreciated. And in Cornwall the tour of Healeys Cyder Farm with sampling at the end was good fun.

No improv shows, or rehearsals, on the immediate horizon. I might look to online improv at some point but still haven’t yet been compelled. I did do a couple of 5min stand-up spots and nearly had a third this weekend, but that got cancelled because they couldn’t guarantee a Covid secure show. Fair enough. That type of uncertainty is perhaps going to be the way all winter.

  • Watching: Breaking Bad. I never watched it when the hullabaloo surrounded it and I’m struggling to see what all the fuss was about. It’s good, but not a patch on The Americans which I’ve just finished.
  • Reading: Graceland, Chris Abani.
  • Drinking: Red Wine. Barefoot Malbac or Merlot. A friend recommended the former. But both inexpensive and decent.

Thankful

I was lucky enough early March to travel to Edinburgh with Improbotics to perform at the Edinburgh International Improv Festival. After the festival I took advantage of my geographical location to travel by train (and a ferry) to visit friends and family in Scotland and Ireland. Given recent events, and the restrictions currently in place, I’m very thankful I got the opportunity.

For the foreseeable there’s no shows on the horizon (obviously), but attempting a virtual session with Plus Support tonight and The Nursery on Monday; I admit I’m a doubter but have heard good things so willing to be converted. The rest of my time (aside from work work) is to be spent reading and in the watching of TV. Stay safe and keep washing those hands.


 

 

 

 

some good, some bad, mainly bad

There’s been various reasons in 2019 I haven’t managed to write this blog as frequently as I would’ve liked. Finding the time was one of those reasons. If I had found some, I would’ve liked to mention some of the shows I was lucky enough to be involved in, which included a special show with Improbotics in Sweden as part of Improfest Gothenburg. I would’ve also written briefly about my regular trip to Broadstairs Folk Week (quite wet, outward train delayed by 2 hours, but I heard some great music), and of a trip to Kingsdown and the White Cliffs of Dover one weekend in the summer. But I didn’t find time, so this short summary and the photos below will have to suffice.

There’s already shows confirmed in 2020 I can tell you about: City Impro have a spot at the Phoenix Remix Live in January. Then in March, I’ll be performing with Improbotics as part of the Edinburgh International Improv Festival on Sunday 1st (tickets). And in May, City Impro have two shows running at the Brighton Fringe: Improv Deathmatch and Laugh Island.


  • Reading: Moonglow, Michael Chabon
  • Viewing: I’m very late to Inside No. 9, embarrassingly late
  • Drinking: Bourbon

Go and get the guitar

As I’ve mentioned I’ve some shows coming up. These require promotion on my part. I’ve always felt uncomfortable promoting shows at work above all. I’ve kept it to a minimum – promoting to a few at work but not through work. I know others who can do it without the awkwardness – and I’m not saying you shouldn’t promote shows at work – but it’s just whenever I do, I sense the spectre of David Brent hanging over me; and as I hand out flyers, to colleagues who’ve yet to tell me what they’re up to outside of work and then ask me if I would like to come along for a small fee, I hear Brent saying, ‘I’m an entertainer first and a boss second.’ So, I present to you the David Brent Syndrome. ‘Go and get the guitar’

Show Shows Shows

I’ve a bunch of shows coming up and I’ve put them in a list:

And that is the end of the list. Thanks. Maybe see you at a show.

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Oh, I did like to be beside the seaside

Had some great shows with City Impro and Improbotics at Brighton Fringe; the majority of shows were sold out so that was an added bonus.

For Laugh Island one night, having been part of the couple who had “won”, we had our picture taken with the audience. The look on my face in the photo (included in those above) has been described as ‘gormlessly happy’ and, slightly less kindly, as having ‘a sad grin on my stupid face’. I’m using ‘being in character’ as my excuse for that expression.

The next bunch of shows are part of Camden Fringe: Improbotics at the Hen and Chickens (Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd August, 9pm); Laugh Island at the Canal Cafe Theatre (Fri 9th to Sun 11th, 7:30pm); and Improv Death Match at Aces and Eights (Fri 9th, Sat 10th and Fri 16th, Sat 17th, 10:15pm).

 

Reading: The Sellout, Paul Beatty

Other Shows Are Available

I have seen Bob Dylan live. I wasn’t sure at first. I remembered seeing him perhaps at Wembley Stadium, because I had a vague memory of talking with my friend Tim as we made our way out of the gig. But I thought this might have been a dream, a false memory. But no, I was there. I found the ticket stub:

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