Interview, Wit, A Vampire

posted: March 30th, 2011

Well now, I haven’t posted much for a while as I’ve been frightfully busy at the keyboard as it is. I’m a reluctant writer, having to grind stuff out in between coming up with everything I can think of  to provide maximum procrastination value; eating, aphabeticising my CDs, watching – God help me – V, and now … well, I’m only doing this to avoid the myriad of pressing things that are on deadline.

Anyway, Now I Know My BBC is hitting the road in April – I may have to see how much of it I can remember. Visitors to the forthcoming gigs in Leeds and Bath, make sure you look out for the number of dramatic pauses with which I augment my latest magnum opus. It’ll have absolutely nothing to do with not having done the show since August, honest guv. I’ve added a few more topical jokes to it in the past few weeks though, so it should be fresh and fun.

I’ve really settled into compering The 99 Club in Leicester Square every Wednesday. The mighty Jack Dee has popped down a couple of times to try some new stuff for a forthcoming tour, which has been rather exciting. XS Malarkey is still settling into its new venue, though numbers are a little down. Seeing as we’ve had Alun Cochrane and Sarah Millican as surprise guests and Dave Johns, Jason Cook and Paul Tonkinson as official ones, hopefully we’ll get into the comedy groove properly as punters realise what a fantastic gig is on their doorstep. Fallowfield seems to be having the life sucked out of it : we’re doing to ensure it isn’t allowed to die. Or become a vampire.

Losses this month have included the legndary Nicholas Courtney, well known to fans the world over as Doctor Who’s Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart. I had the privilege of working with Nick a few times and he was always a courteous, charming man whose quintessential good manners and utmost decency endeared him to generations who knew him either on or off screen (or, for the lucky ones like me, both). Michael Gough also passed away having been a stalwart of screens both big and small for decades. I was very flattered to be asked to supply the obituaries for both men in The Guradian.

This month sees the release of Revisitations 2 on DVD. Special Editions of three Doctor Who classics, I feature on all of them. There’s a little sliver of narration from me on the “Making Of” documentary of the Troughton story The Seeds Of Death, a heftier vocal in the best commentary track I’ve been involved on to date, on Carnival Of Monsters, and (be warned) in the flesh presenting Ed Stradling’s Casting Far And Wide documentary where it was my pleasure to interview five actors (Roger Davenport, Del Henney, Leslie Grantham, Jim Findley and William Sleigh) about not just Doctor Who, but their careers as a whole. This latter piece is on Disc One of the Resurrection Of The Daleks Special Edition.

Add to that BBC 7’s forthcoming adaptation of Elidor, two performances for Big Finish, and loads of editing on Running Through Corridors Vol 2 and I’ve barely had a moment. So excuse the lack of links on this blog – further details on anything here that may be of interest can be found on the website proper (which has had a bit of an update and tidy).

In the meantime, here’s a lengthy interview I did plugging the tour of Now I Know My BBC on Radio Teesdale thanks to excellent presenter Peter Dixon, who seems adept at getting me tongue wagging.

Interview

Oh, and a website interview here:

The Peverett Phile

Happy Times And Places.

Got to dash, loads of writing to do … after I’ve made a cuppa, then checked my e-mails, then, um … hoovered the lawn and descaled the kettle … and made a To Do list … downloaded Masterchef … successfully practiced alchemy whilst finding the Dead Sea Scrolls …

Shout out for a new football shop! No, this isn’t the start of a bad joke…

posted: March 20th, 2011

Just a quick post to give a shout out to a friend on the re-launch of his online sports shop – thegoalkeeperco.com. Yes, it’s not really very funny, but in case any of you are in need of goalkeeper gloves then this is the place to go! And if you ask nicely then I might be able to work out a deal for you.

Strangely, the shop actually sells kit only for goalkeepers – not sure why they decided on goalkeepers when there are 10 outfielders for every goalkeeper – but the internet is full of weird things I suppose…

Good luck guys!

Gig List March-June 2011

posted: March 4th, 2011

This is where I’ll be in the few months, do come along if you possibly can.

To avoid repetition, I’ve only done links on the first listing of each club:

1st March
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC

2nd March
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

4th March
Komedia, Brighton, MC

5th March
Crack Comedy, Wimbledon, 20 minute set

8th March
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (special guest headliner – not allowed to say who)

9th March
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

13th March
New Stuff, Comedy Store, Manchester, MC

15th March
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Paul Tonkinson headlining)

16th March
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

22nd March
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Dave Johns headlining)

23rd March
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

25th – 26th March
Frog & Bucket, Preston, MC

27th March
New Stuff, Comedy Store, Manchester, MC

29th March
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC

30th March
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

31st March
Red Card Comedy Club, Norwich City FC, Norwich, MC

5th April
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Henrik Elmer headlining)

6th April
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

8th-9th April
Now I Know My BBC, Ustinov Theatre, Bath

10th April
New Stuff, Comedy Store, Manchester, MC

12th April
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Matt Green headlining)

13th April
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

19th April
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Chris McCausland headlining)

20th April
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

21st-23rd April
Comedy Central, Baby Blue, Liverpool, MC

26th April
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Loretta Maine headlining)

27th April,
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

29th – 30th April
Crack Comedy, Kingston, Opening 20

3rd May
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Roger Monkhouse headlining)

4th May
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

5th May
Crack Comedy, Putney, opening 20

6th May
Crack Comedy, South Bank, MC

7th May
Crack Comedy, Putney, MC

8th May
New Stuff, Comedy Store, Manchester, MC

10th May
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Mickey D headlining)

11th May
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

12th – 14th May
The Stand, Edinburgh, 20 min set

17th May
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Mick Ferry headlining)

18th May
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

21st May
Now I Know My BBC, Arts Depot, London.

22nd May
New Stuff, Comedy Store, Manchester, MC

24th May
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC (Gordon Southern headlining)

25th May
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

26th May
Frog and Bucket, Preston, Headline set

28th May
Now I Know My BBC, Yorkshire

31st May
XS Malarkey, Manchester, MC

1st June
99 Club, Leicester Square, MC

5th June
Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, Loughborough

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