I should firstly apologise for the long time it’s been since I last updated this once-reliable blog. If anyone’s been feeling let down by this, I can only remind you that this is a ten-year blog and there will inevitably be times of feast and times of famine. We all remember fondly the days when I was able to do something every day, even if it was sometimes just saying ‘HELP I HAVEN’T BLOGGED TODAY’. Those days will surely come again, some time in 2017. But in these leaner times we all have to stick together and trust that the lack of blog activity means I am fruitfully busy elsewhere, rather than ‘no longer in comedy’ or ‘at the bottom of a lake’. And luckily, it is indeed the case that I’m keeping myself occupied.
So much so that, although this is intended as a blog to summarise what I’m up to, it is going to be completely free of useful details. I’ve realised that sometimes I spend considerable time marshalling ticket links, links of other kinds, time-and-date type information, and really there’s no point because anyone with the wherewithal to read this blog is well capable of finding this stuff out for themselves. And probably quicker than I’d type it. In fact this sort of info sometimes appears directly below in the blog in the form of a Comment by some helpful individual, or if not, on my Tumblr page where higher intelligences continue to document my career.
So what I’m proposing to do is simply list a load of stuff I’m about to do, and trust you to find the bits that interest you and act on them.
Firstly, then, you’ll be aware there is an international football tournament in progress. I went to Ukraine earlier this week to witness a bit of it (and it was quite an experience, but I’m hoping to blog separately about that). My brother Paul and I are covering Euro 2012 in a variety of ways, including Twitter, magazine articles and a TV show (more on that later), but tonight we are on Absolute Radio doing alternative commentary. And indeed tomorrow, when it’s England. It’s been long documented that some readers of this blog enjoy football, some wouldn’t mind if it was banned tomorrow like plays were banned by the Puritans. But if you dislike football, yet are forced to watch it, this might be a nice way of livening it up. Or if you just want to hear what my brother sounds like. (SPOILER a bit like me.) You can find this on Absolute’s digital channel, which is available here (no info) or here (likewise).
On Sunday – a change of tone here – I will be in a play called White Rabbit Red Rabbit. A play!! It’s quite an interesting idea. Basically, you (the actor) (me, in other words) show up with no idea what happens in the play. They give me an envelope and I have to perform it, right then and there. So it’s a one off and it’s at the Gate Theatre in London, at some sort of time, with tickets available somewhere or other. Come! Tom Basden is doing it on the same day. And we all know how we feel about Basden.
My book The Knot is now close to its August release and we have had some lovely quotes already from authorly figures like Jonathan Coe (a literary hero of mine) and A.L. Kennedy. I’m fairly excited about the appearance of this book, which is my best work to date. We are working on launch events in London and Edinburgh. Details of these, though, have yet to exist. Just keep in mind that the book will soon be out and you can in fact pre-order it. Please do pre-order it. There, I’ve said it.
Edinburgh tickets for my show The Information are on sale in various places. Also, for the Olympic-themed events I am curating. These are selling rapidly in fact – both shows – so if you’re thinking about going to Edinburgh you ought to get your act together and purchase tickets for me now. Thank you. And remember, this show will be on tour in September-November, with the part of Mark Watson played by me as before. There are loads of dates including places like Skegness. It’s hard to see how you can avoid coming.
Right, that’s a bit of Googling to start you off. Consider yourself cursorily informed. Thanks for reading and grudgingly following up on things.