This blog of mine/ours was mentioned in another round-up of Blogs You Might Consider Reading today, this time in the Guardian (thanks to Misha for forwarding the tiny url link, which unfortunately contained the word ‘poo’, but there you go). As a result of this and other pleasant developments, we have picked up a few new readers and comments keep coming in on blogs from way back. The other day someone posted about phrases and words which wind them up. Remember that one!? Way back in February. Anyway, welcome, newcomers. If you like me, I also have a weekly column in the New Statesman (which you can read on their website); a weekly news blog for Yahoo, which lots of angry, unhappy people write comments on; a football blog which is elsewhere on this site; and a book coming out (called Eleven). And I am touring later this year, so you may well have bitten off more than you can chew by getting interested in me.
And as well as all this, I conduct an actual life, with varying success. Thanks to all those who followed the exchange between me and my wife Emily on Twitter last night, which came about because her phone’s battery had gone. For the people who asked: yes, I HAD accidentally taken both chargers. And I did remember to bring milk home.
Since I’ve mentioned the tour, it’s high time I made another appeal for you, the people of Great Britain, to come and see it.
This is my fourth nationwide tour, but there are big differences this time. In short, the venues are much bigger. This reflects ambition rather than attainment; my management believe I ought to be able to reach larger audiences, become more famous, have more cocaine, whores, etc. Like any comedian I am keen to do these things, so I went along with a very ambitious schedule of shows.
I’m now quite nervous about people turning up to them. A majority of people who know me, know me from TV shows, most of which don’t really reflect my strengths. Doing live tours (and shows at festivals like Edinburgh, tickets for which are also on sale, emotional pressure fans) is not only my main source of income but my main source of pride and professional contentment. They’re the work I believe in most strongly, and connecting with audiences in a looking-straight-into-their-eyes sort of way is as satisfying as my job gets.
So if you are thinking of coming to see me on tour, it would be enormously appreciated. Nearer the time, I will ‘incentivize’ it for readers of this blog by coming up with ways we can meet up and perhaps work the MP3 player’s quest into it, and so on. I like the idea of the tour being a sort of living version of this blog with its interactive elements. And I say ‘nearer the time’ because it is still pretty far off – it doesn’t start till October. But that feels like a short time to me. That’s why I keep banging on about it.
Oops, I have to go. I’ll continue this tomorrow with some more pertinent, less needy reasons why you should come and see me in the autumn. Consider this a ‘to be continued…’ situation…
To be continued