Well it’s been over a year since I last graced you my only reader with a report from the front line. The reason for this was a cartoon in Private Eye which showed a blogger sat at his computer and on the screen were the words ‘Me me me me me’. It suddenly hit home how egotistical blogging actually is and I resolved never to do it again. However last week I though ‘Ah fuck it!’
Well as years go it’s been one of changes. Last year I decided to resurrect my stand-up career and set up a few gigs before starting in earnest to write a new set and getting myself ready to face a room full of people again. Since then it’s all gone rather splendidly with the odd booking in between the occasional slot in a club.
I had forgotten how much I love performing, there is a simple joy in making people laugh and at this stage in life I really don’t care if they like me only if they chuckle. Granted the nerves are still there but it’s far better to give into your desire to perform rather than try to deny it and just keep to your day job hoping for the release only death or retirement can bring.
In February things continued apace with the first ‘The Gentleman’s Review‘ podcast. This came about, as for some time Tom, Andy and me had been attempting to work together on a number of projects including a radio series which fell through and a website called Brainjam which we’d run together for a number of years but which was beginning to slow down* as none of us really had the time to keep it going.
Happily the podcast took off almost immediately. We’re not in the big leagues but we have a respectable listener base of a couple of thousand people which is nice and I must say that out of all the comedy work that I do it’s my absolute favourite thing. I get to sit in my own living room with my best buddies drinking champagne and talking nonsense and recently I’ve made a new friend called Lisa who has been our reserve player and put us all to shame. Forgive me if I seem to be becoming rather mawkish but if a chap has a big arsed ego blog then he can occasionally be forgiven for expressing the affection he feels for his chums. Anyway listen to the podcast it’s very silly and very drunken.
Thank you for reading this far and I hope you will return every day.
*It is now up and running again at www.brainjam.org.uk