An Actor's Life

Venue Interview

Hello everyone, thought you might want to read this interview in this week’s Venue.

Venue Interview


Facebook has landed!

Before I move on to the main course of this blog consider this an entree. I just had the oddest piece of spam in the comments section. “Do you like car rims?” Now am I getting prematurely old and its some disgusting S&M vernacular that I’m not ‘down’ with or is it just plain bonkers?

Anyhoo, Facebook has indeed landed. Or rather Anti-Panto! has landed on facebook. If you’d like to toddle over and register your interest click here if you just want to buy tickets right now click here.

Thought you may want to meet the cast, its a silly little greetings card from us all.

I’m bigger than Jesus!

It’s true, I’m bigger than Jesus. That’s not the Lennon-esque height of arrogance, rather the arrogance of height. Jesus (possibly) was hanging around being a groovy kind of guy in the same time period as the early Roman Empire and those guys had an average height of like 5’2″ maybe 5’4″ either way they’re not dunking anytime soon. As Jesus likely had a far worse diet than a Roman and pre-dates those measurements with every generation being taller than the last he’s likely to be 5 foot tops. I know his dad is supposedly a big guy, but I think when conception is immaculate its screws with the genetics.

Plus, I’m 6’4″, which back then would’ve been pretty huge. I mean while I was in Shanghai people were asking for their photos with me in 2010 just because I’m so freakishly tall. So in 1AD I would’ve been walking round going “Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum!” Of course there wouldn’t have been any Englishmen for my bread yet.

So to sum up, I am bigger than Jesus. Factually plausible.

More Tim Minchin

More greatness from Mr Minchin, he’s awesome buy things that send him money.

Comedians on the couch

Last night had the pleasure of not only watching Rob Rouse’s fantastic show “My Family and the Dog that scared Jesus” but then had a couple of beers with the top bloke and put him up on our sofa bed!

As his marketing material said he’s a man with genuinely funny bones, and also a bloody lovely one too. Was very grateful and had plenty of advice for myself as an aspiring comic/writier/performer type. He also had a self-confessed middle-aged piece of advice about putting my money into bricks and mortar sooner rather than later!

So all that was lovely, sadly in order to enjoy the evening I had to turn down the opportunity to once again take to the stage with the legendary Arthur Smith. Yes this blog is all name drop today! The original grumpy old man was back in the South West and hunted out New Old Friends to see if we’d reprise our skit from a few months ago. We would’ve loved to, but sadly we a show to watch and new friends to make. But as you can see funny people everywhere are attracted to the band-wagon, you’d better hop on people. (For those physically unable to hop there is access)

Sketchy at Best now plugged by Rob Rouse & Arthur Smith is on the very next Wednesday we have. The 9th June at 8pm, The Rondo, Tickets £10/8 from 01225 463362. Book NOW!

Woop Woop!

Hands up if you won a pub quiz over the weeked? Put them down I can’t see them, its a blog stoopid. Also, you were lying. Not you, you. Yes.

As you may have gathered I won a pub quiz last night. I suppose I should give some props to my team-mates; Heff, mum, Sparks, Tick & Tor. Although Tick & Tor left early and I would rather have all the glory myself so disregard the names I just listed. I won the pub quiz. ME.

However a few questions did slip through the cracks (12 in total) a selection: “What shape is a clavate?” or “In which country does the port city of Casablanca reside?” I know toughies huh? One we got marked as wrong but is right is “Who is the first man mentioned in the Bible?” We toyed with Adam, or God (minor discussion of the big guy’s gender notwithstanding) even Abraham, but then I had a brain wave. “It’ll be a trick question, it’s the King James’ Bible so technically King James is the first bloke mentioned!” I was wrong, apparently Adam is correct. But I’m standing by the logic.

Either way – STILL WON!!!

Charley boy meet Big Willius

So last night I was sent on a very fancy gig in London taaan. It was in a house so posh the Pope himself has visited and blessed the chapel there. I shit you not. In the living room there is a signed photo of Prince Charles signed ‘Charley’ you know you’ve made it when you’re kicking nick-names with the next in line to the throne. I’m working on getting one from William sign ‘Big Willius’ I think it has a certain ring.

I actually have a photo but have been asked not to disclose too much information or show the images, and as they were such lovely hosts I’m inclined to obey. Not to mention the fact that they could probably have me removed if they desired.

I’ve rather been neglecting Big Willy from West Philly recently. Even if I don’t blog about him he still wins by default so have no fear. But, today there is news: He is still freaking awesome. “All you rappers talking ’bout who you put in a hearse, do me a favour right just one verse without a curse.”  HE AM LEGEND.

Today I’m going to write an antipathic anthem for the World Cup, so far all I’ve got is “Who cares Rooney scored, its just a group game and already I’m bored. Please please no more about Fabio, its the middle of June and its all just so drabbio.” Ok, it needs work and I’m fairly sure drabbio isn’t a word. But you get the idea. More on this later.