Category Archives: Comedy

Comedy shows, gigs, writing and performing.

Theme’s Meme’s and Edinburgh Scheme’s

My ego has been well and truly fluffed. I’ve just been into the Manchester Comedy Store to see my portrait on the wall as part of their new ongoing exhibition. It’s a mix of old and new acts they’ve included for their 1st ‘rotation’and I’m sitting next to Toby Hadoke.
Blimey! Literally as I’m writing this I’m sitting next to two women in the snug of the Lass to write, they started talking about the new stuff night at the  Store and how it’s a good place to go to find out what makes people laugh. Well I suppose they have a point.
I’ve not blogged for my own site in ages, as most of my outpourings  gets pushed down the SFX website shaped pipe, which I dont mind at all as is a lot of fun to do and has infinitely more hits than my own site. They’ve just had a re-jig with their bloggers, bringing in osme new blood in prep for the new design re-launch in April.
Last fortnight my Edinburgh venue got confirmed which is 5.20pm at the Just the Tonic  caves for “Danny Pensive’s Map of Britain”, stick that in your diaries if you’re up in Edinburgh during August. I’ve even sent a letter to Gloverall, the people who make rather posh duffle coats to see if they’d be interested in sponsoring the show, not heard anything back yet.
This year will be my fourth Edinburgh, and second solo show after 2008’s “30 year itch” and this time I’m pushing the financial boat out doing a proper ticketed show, so hopefully the last few years of generating a following for Danny Pensive will pay off.
From experience, the best way to put a show together for Edinburgh and get those all important bums on seats is to find a theme the folk can easily relate to, but don’t straitjacket yourself with somthing that ties all the show into one subject, and always do somthing different at the 40 min mark, adivce from Jas Cook. “Danny Pensive’s Map of Britain” is aiming to be that thing. There’s a map in it, so at least it’s factually correct.

On Tour – Derry & Belfast

Day 30 – Derry/Londonderry
At Manchester airport I am frisked twice at security, maybe because I’m wearing Danny’s large brown duffel coat to keep the baggage costs down. I’m not sure what to expect arriving in Belfast, but arrive at the Malone Hotel without incident.
One of my best mates is Irish and I lived with him for 3 years, so I should know the appropriate naming convention for the city in which we are playing tonight. I think Derry, but Charlie is calling it Londonderry and on the way there all the signs say Londonderry so I start doubting my knowledge and think I’m getting it confused with a brand of butter. So I start calling it Londonderry, then as we’re almost there the road signs are all de-faced saying just ‘derry’. Oh Dear, I sense an ill-formed faux pax on the horizon. The gig is well attended and the venue is lovely. I avoid hassle by simply asking who is “local” and “not local”, I’d later find out that even the BBC have protocol for Derry. In the first instance it’s ‘Londonderry’, in the second it’s ‘Derry’ and after that it’s refered to as ‘the city’.

Day 31 & 32 – Belfast
For the few days in Belfast we are staying in an apartment thanks to Charlie – so we can do amazing things like use an oven or microwave. Charlie cooks an awesome steak, Kristina makes mashed potatoes, and I buy loads of ex-rental dvd’s for 99p to watch, which is almost helpful. I meet up with Phil Topping who I’ve not seen in years and he takes me on a great tour of Belfast city taking in the town hall, the Crown Inn (where we meet some american tourists on a cruise) and the catherdral quarter. There is a church with a big metal spike instead of a tower. This is becuse some of Belfast is built on marshland, so anything really heavy sinks into the ground. Phil tells me Belfast is a new city in the last few years, and it certainly feels like a place on the up. Busy, pleasant and the venue we’re in at the Waterfront Theatre is a big glass building with loads of venue spaces. We’re in the studio which we’ve almost managed to fill on both nights playing there. Friday’s gig is great, Saturdays is even better. Afterward, Phil and his mate take us on the drink around town, we hit a bar with a band playing, it is very loud and the drink is addlestones. I don’t remember much after that, a top few days.