An Actor's Life

Keep ’em Coming

Oh, I wrote this yesterday but for some reason it didn’t post. So here it is again.

So the submissions keep rolling in. We’ve assembled a nice looking short list, but we still feel there is someone out there who fits the bill perfectly. The ideal situation is a short (sub 5′ 10″) man with non-brown hair and a beard. But the real killer is comic timing, you don’t have to be personally funny in terms of what you say (it helps) but you need to know WHEN to say it. There is a wave to good timing; it starts fairly high, so if you come in quick you get a good laugh, it then tails off for a bit with the expected laugh getting smaller, then at some point it peaks and if you hit that you get a monster rolling laugh. The problem is that the peak point is constantly changing based on your audience, preceeding gags, type of gag etc. If you think you’ve got that instinct please let us know at mail[at]

When you’re applying bear in mind you’re applying for a comic role, simple “I’d like to be seen for this.” Messages are a bit dull, take a shot even if you miss we’ll at least think about it.


Casting Opportunity

These are exciting times for myself and my role withing New Old Friends, right now the website is getting updated by Josh and I’ve just finished sending a barrage of Emails and phonecalls to various people and organisations about funding and venues for Anti-Panto our irreverant Christmas comedy opening this year at the Rondo.

However, more immediately exciting is the deluge of applications we’re currently having to fill Adrian Hamilton’s shoes in our hilarious sketch show Sketchy at Best. As regular readers know we’ve been schlepping our schtick around the schircuit, wait, circuit. And Sketchy at Best is the culmination of all those little nuggets of comedy gold in one fun-packed evening. Josh will hopefully be purloining equipment from Hicks-Jaggi film productions to film the event and we’ll keep you posted.

So the CV’s are rolling in. Are you local to the Bath area? Do you know funny? Do you look funny? Do you SMELL funny? This is a great opportunity to work with “The hottest comedy team in the South West” – Somerset Times  and have a great time doing it. Email a CV and cover letter to mail[at] if you’d like to be considered.

A quickee
February 23, 2010, 9:59 am
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Today I have a meeting with the Artistic Director of the Rondo theatre, to talk about the impending sketch show, and the Christmas show New Old Friends are undertaking at his venue. I will fill you in in full tommorrow. Right now I have to shower.

Sweet Story

I had a pretty good weekend this weekend, marred only by the onset of a head cold yesterday. The performance on Saturday went down pretty well I think, then had some family and friends over for an evening of fajitas and Cranium. It was really nice, everyone got on, we drank some, but not too much. I mean people weren’t spewing into the window boxes, or if they were we’re yet to notice.

Today I still feel pretty rubbish, but I’m too poor/loathe to work weekends to swap my shift in Roman land. I had some Scottish family come visit the Baths the other day, it’s half-term and there are a lot of kids about. Kids love it when, as a 3rd century stonemason, you can’t fathom the idea of an airplane. They get very exasperated but in a good way. The sweetest incident like this was with a young lad who was shocked I’d not heard of Ben 10 (a kids’ TV show), he then asked if I’ve heard of TV? No. Mobile Phones? No. Cars? No. Chocolate? No. NOT CHOCOLATE?! No. MUUUHUUMMM! THIS MAN’S NOT HEARD OF CHOCOLATE!!! He then ran off with his mum, only to re-appear maybe half an hour later with some chocolate he’d been to buy so that I could taste some! What a little sweetheart. Obviously I had to stay in character and sacrifice him as an offering to Sulis Minerva shortly afterward which peturbed his mother somewhat.

Busy bee.

Today I’ve had a “reet busy day”, as a Northerner might say. I’ve prepared costumes for a Paparrazzo AND an enfant terrible director. Then I went and Roman’ed my ass off for the afternoon. Now I’m preparing to host sister in law (sort of), followed by drinks at the Theatre. Life is tough when you’ve actually got stuff to do. Couldn’t we figure out a way for stuff to be spread evenly? It all goes back to that work/life balance nonsense stuff I spoke about a while ago, I love it when people say that. Do they really mean that when they are at work their ‘life’ is temporarily suspended? I well want a job as the professional un-dead.

Yes I know I’ve used that joke before, but chances are you don’t know that. Well you do now, but you didn’t. Ha!

February 18, 2010, 11:16 am
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You wanna run around talking ’bout puns like I ain’t got none?

A good pun is it’s own reword.

Did you here the Maharashi just had a root canal without any drugs? He wanted to transcend dental medication!

Boom. Take that Tim Vine. Who is awesome by the way.

Love Tim Minchin

Just watch this!

Love him.