Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Gloomy Poet at the Muffin Man: Review and Photos

Here’s a lovely review of my performance as the Gloomy Poet at the Muffin Man in Cheltenham on Thursday night (from the Gloucestershire Echo online).  It’s enough to put a smile on a person’s face.
(Hidden extra: if you click forward on the photo above the article, there’s an excellent one of some of the audience looking miserable, coincidentally under a poster saying “HAPPY DAY”.)
And here are some photos of me looking thoroughly gloomy (while being unwittingly upstaged by my own hair) taken before the show by Daniel Day for the Gloucestershire Echo.  I have rarely looked more miserable!
Many thanks to both Aled and Daniel, and to Anna Saunders for putting the night on.  
And, finally, here is an entertaining write-up of my (so-far-frankly-tentative) 'misery tour' of happiness hotspots from the WriteOutLoud website:

Thursday, 22 January 2015


And, don’t forget, tonight I’m performing my Gloomy Poet show at the Muffin Man, in Cheltenham.  I’m doing a 40 minute set, which includes more heartbreak and misery than anyone could possibly want on a Thursday evening.  Do come along!  It starts at 7pm.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Trying to Impress ...

On which note, my gloomy poet will be making two appearances this month:
On Thursday 22nd January, I will be doing a 40 minute set (a reprise of my Graveside Manner show from September, with some extra material and a few changes) at the Muffin Man in Cheltenham.  This is part of Well Versed, a regular event put on by Cheltenham Poetry Festival, which also features an open mic.  The event starts at 7pm and costs £4
More details are on facebook here.
On Saturday 31st January, I will be doing my regular 10 minute “Dose of the Morose” at Mr Fluffypunk’s Pennygaff at Stroud Valleys Artspace in Stroud.  The night features Edward Aczel (the Crown Prince of Anti-Comedy) and George Chopping ( ) and, frankly, looks fantastic.
The night starts at 8.00 and costs £8.50 in advance or £10 on the door.
More details are on facebook here.
Hope to see you at one or the other!  (I’ll stop counting now.)

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Weight on My Chest and The Night of the Dead Living

UPDATE: You can now buy The Weight on my Chest,a little book consisting of 20 cartoons, in the Made in Stroud shop, which is in Stroud (perhaps unsurprisingly).  The book costs £5.  

This weekend I will be launching a new booklet of cheerless jokes onto an inconsolable world.  The booklet is called The Weight on My Chest and consists of twenty jokes and drawings done this year.

 What occasions this outburst -- I mean this burst of activity?  Why, November Open Studios in Stroud this weekend. 
My studio at Piccadilly Mill West (off Lower Street, Stroud, and up the fire escape on the building to your left) will be open from 11 till 6 on both days.  As well as the new booklets (which are £5 each and the perfect Christmas present for the miserable person in your life) I will have the usual array of cards and old jokes.  So please come by, if you’re in the area.
Prior to that, on Friday, I will be jointly hosting “The Night of the Dead Living”, a John Street Social Club  at Stroud Valleys Artspace, with Philip Rush, Moina Walker, Uta Baldauf and Tomas Dominich, plus spots from Tim Bannon and Jo Woolley . 
The event starts at 7 and ends at 11.  Between 8 and 9 I will be playing gloomy music and terrifying clips of 80’s children’s TV programmes, as well as giving a short performance (starting around 8.20) of miserable poetry and badly-described cartoons to launch the new booklet.
Do come along!  The event is free (and uneasy).