May 2020 update – Gloves in a Time of Coronavirus

Hello. I hope you are well (and that really means something these days!). Here’s just a breakdown of what I’ve been up to and where you can find me during this frenzy of pestilence.    XS Malarkey has got very creative in these trying times, and this virus hasn’t stopped us putting on our regular Tuesday shows. We’ve been…

Thought for the Day

First they came for the Socialists, and I Tweeted my disapproval. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I linked to a clever article by someone else that I had skim read. Then they came for the Jews, and I posted a video on my Facebook page and attached a furious emoji. Then they…

Award Nomination For Radio Play

The Dad Who Fell Onto A Shortlist… The Dad Who Fell To Earth has been nominated for a prestigious BBC Audio Drama Award. It made the initial shortlist of six, which was to be boiled down to three on January 5th 2016. Rather delightfully, it stayed on, alongside the acclaimed Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore…

The Dad Who Fell To Earth

As I type this you have just over three weeks to catch The Dad Who Fell To Earth on iPlayer. It is a play I wrote for Radio 4 about a man who discovers that his recently deceased father wasn’t a door-to-door salesman as he thought but in fact an alien from a  distant world…

Many Happy Malarkeys

Next week, it’s the anniversary of when I began a comedy night that I hoped would give me regular employment for the next two and a half months. On October 4th, XS Malarkey reopens to celebrate its fourteenth birthday. We’d shut down for the first time over the summer as our venue, The Queen Of…

XS Malarkey Updates

Well, these ramblings have a sister blog entirely dedicated to all things that go with XS Malarkey, the comedy club I am proud to run in Fallowfield, Manchester, every Tuesday. The club is enjoying a rare rest whilst it gets refurbished, ready for a spanking relaunch in September. To keep it separate from my more…

Ten Things That Annoy Me More Than I Think They Would If I Were A Reasonable Human Being

Warning : This blog’s initial draft contained a reference to Jedward that was replaced with something marginally less predictable. I’ve been supposed to be blogging every day this week as a test of discipline and to see if I can be remotely interesting, but haven’t posted yesterday’s up as it needs some cosmetic surgery and…

Blog Off

Warning: This blog contains a number of justifications for hypocrisy. I’ve had this blog for ages, but only really updated it sporadically because to be perfectly honest, and despite the fact that I have chosen to earn my living standing in front of strangers, demanding their attention and craving their applause, there is something that…

Interview, Wit, A Vampire

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,…