December 16th, 2013
It’s been a while since Me and Jurate have been able to work on something together, but recently we have both collaborated on the Stand Comedy Club’s Book of Short Stories.
As a writer, I was asked to contribute one of the 15 stories. The other 14 were all written by favourite regular comedians of the Newcastle Stand, so I’m in very good company indeed. Jurate, under the name of Lotti that she occasionally goes by, was invited to design the book, and a very good job she did of it indeed.
The whole thing was masterminded by Kris Holland of the Stand, and not only is it an excellent book, but it’s only a fiver and all proceeds go to the charity NECA, which helps people with addictions, so it’s all for a good cause. Buy a copy from here: thestand.bigcartel.com.
Look – if it’s good enough for Russell Brand, then it’s good enough for you. Although he probably gets all the cash from the addiction charity.
October 4th, 2013
So I got back from a holiday and was invited to go to the BBC to write for Newsjack, the Radio 4Extra topical news show.
I was massively tempted to avoid doing it, because I had spectacularly failed to keep up to date with the news in the UK while I was away. In fact to be honest I felt like I would regret going, make an arse of myself, leave with my tail between my legs and never ever be invited back ever again.
Anyway, I did it, and got two sketches on air. One of them was chosen to be the weeks featured sketch on the Newsjack website, and then later in the week migrated from Radio 4Extra to Radio 4, popping up in the show ‘Pick of the Week’. So it’s a good job I did go after all I suppose.
I’ll bung a link to the sketch I done below. Newsjack is still on air at the moment, they not only take on commissioned writers, but also have an open door policy to anybody. I’ve had sketches on the past two series, and it’s via this that I was offered a commission, so it’s well worth having a bash if you fancy yourself as a comedy writer. Good luck!
August 30th, 2013
So, here are some storyboards I recently cobbled together for an ITV show. It involves singing and romance. So basically not the kind of show that I would ever watch in my entire life. But it was a nice enough concept and I guess lots of other people would enjoy such a thing, so I got stuck in. It was quite good fun to imagine a massive glossy, shiny floor studio set inside an aircraft hanger. Hopefully that comes across in these storyboards. They’re fairly basic, and were knocked out in record time, but I’m still quite pleased with them…
CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW FULL SIZE…
August 22nd, 2013
So here’s a title sequence that I knocked out for a pilot for CBBC. The show was called ‘Comedy Palace’, hosted by CBBC presenters Sam & Mark. It was a stand up show for kids, filmed on a massive scale, at the Theater Royal in Newcastle. Fingers crossed the show gets picked up, as I think it is great to bring Stand Up to kids, definitely something I wish was more accessible when I was growing up. I had to make do with Bill Hicks bootlegs…
WATCH THE TITLE SEQUENCE HERE!
August 20th, 2013
Here’s a job I did recently for Newcastle’s biggest local paper, the Chronicle.
The newspaper is being released digitally for the first time on the iPad, so I was asked to create a comic strip to celebrate (read: Advertise) this fact.
Aside from a couple of pointers to go off at the start, I got a tonne of freedom on this one, and wrote the script myself which got through unedited (or possibly unchecked). I was rather proud of managing to sneak a couple of ‘naughty’ things through, including Alan Shearer about to eat a knob and bollocks, and a frame that works in context, but lifted out of context (and from the point of view of a bystander in the frame) has a different meaning.
So that was fun. Make sure you take a look below, and remember to buy an iPad and then buy a subscription to the excellent Chronicle newspaper.
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August 13th, 2013
So one of the things that has kept me really busy this year has been my involvement with a CBBC show called DNN. This actually dates back to last year, when I was asked in to contribute ideas and sketches towards a 15 minute taster tape.
Brilliantly, the taster got picked up, and was commissioned for a 13 episode series! So, for the past three months I’ve had a deadline to write to twice a week.
I love this show, it’s genuinely properly funny. It’s the kind of show I wish I had to watch when I was growing up. The people behind the camera are as equally fantastic as the people on camera – the script editor is David Bloody Quantick Himself (to use his full name).
Anyway. Go and watch it. I’m massively proud of my tiny contribution.
Official website and past episodes here…
August 13th, 2013
Right. So, while I’m on about Edinburgh, here is a video I made for the utterly brilliant comedian, Seymour Mace.
Seymour’s new live show “Marmaduke Spatula’s Fuckin’ Spectacular Cabaret of Sunshine Show” is typically mental, as well as being totally piss funny. Obviously you should never listen to reviewers, as they are all clueless idiots, but so far Seymour has three reviews in and they are all a solid four stars. They should be five stars.
I watched a few previews of the show, and Seymour has an opening song that I thought lent itself to animation. So, I bootlegged a show, took photos of his drawings, and beavered away animating a video for him. Hope you like it, and make sure you see his show – details in the video…
August 13th, 2013
I’ve had a whole raft of poster design work recently, courtesy of the fantastic Stand comedy club. What with the Edinburgh festival happening in August, there’s been plenty to do. I love tinkering about with posters for comedians, usually this has just been for my friends in the past, so this marks one of my first real branches off into doing poster design professionally – the Stewart Lee Alternative Comedy Experience was an especial treat to do. Fingers crossed I get to knock some more up soon…
July 22nd, 2013
Eeh well I never. This is the first blog post of the year. In July.
So far, the year has been pretty busy, thus the lack of blogs. However, a few jobs have recently come to an end, so I’ll have a bit more time to dedicate to getting everything on here up to date once again. That’s the plan, anyway.
Meanwhile, Lotti and Jurate are both working a new version of the Oddball website. It’s looking great so far, and I’m excited by the prospect of dusting the site off and relaunching it fresh with a great new design.
Lotti has started off a Tumblr account which you can find over here, which has some further sweet examples of her great work in it, so please do check it out. http://whatalotti.tumblr.com/
And check back here soon…
December 27th, 2012
I’d better stick this up, quick. I was delighted to be invited to contribute a page to the Skwigly advent Calendar this Christmas. If you are not aware of Skwigly, then shame on you. It’s a top notch animation based website which has gone from strength to strength and is now a beautiful site for sore animator’s eyes. While other animation based resources, such as Imagine (the magazine that I contributed to) has sadly bitten the dust, Skwigly continues to grow and continues to get better. This is in no small part due to the fact it is run by Steve Henderson, a man who is utterly committed to the art of animation, and Steve has thrown himself into the website with 100 percent passion and commitment, which shines through. It’s well worth checking out. And the Podcasts are a blast too.
Anyway. Now I’ve finished wanking Steve off, and go to fetch my mop, please check out my lovely Christmas image that I knocked up. And then check out all the other images contributed too. Skwigly got some top notch talent on board, and it was amazing to be in such good company. To be honest, my page was waiting to be tapped on the shoulder and quietly asked to leave.
CLICK THIS FUCKER
Of course, the advent calendar isn’t going to stay up on Skwigly for long, so here’s a cheeky screengrab to preserve it for prosperity. But still, check out the website!