But anyway…

But anyway…

I wonder if any of you have a memory like this? I must have been about two or three years old. Either way, my brother, who is fifteen months younger than me, was still in a high chair. I remember that we were on holiday and staying in a holiday apartment or hotel (I'm not sure which). My brother … [Read more...]

“Can I interest you in my soul, madam?”

“Can I interest you in my soul, madam?”

I've done many, many different jobs in my twenty-odd years of working life - from the fun (working in night clubs) to the disgusting (drawing lots to see who would unpack the hamper from the old folks home in an industrial laundry). But by far the worst job I have ever done was back in the summer of … [Read more...]

Writing comedy: killing the frog

Writing comedy: killing the frog

I grew up with a deep love for the old-school comedy acts. I sometimes feel I should have been born twenty years earlier so I could be sat in the audience at the London Hippodrome or the Palladium to watch the variety bills that were so popular in the '50s where so many of these performers honed … [Read more...]

Rock DJ part 3: The show must always go on

Rock DJ part 3: The show must always go on

Strobe lights and headaches don't mix. Stomach bugs and beer don't mix. But taking the night off and still receiving a pay packet don't mix either. I don't think I ever missed a night in all the years I DJed both in the UK and Australia. At certain periods I was DJing up to three nights a week … [Read more...]

Rock DJ part 2: Free is better than a cover charge

Rock DJ part 2: Free is better than a cover charge

When we first started running The Pit out of DJs Nightspot in Gosford, it was free entry. Thursday nights had always been notoriously quiet in Gosford - crikey, even most weekends resembled a ghost town - so there were no high expectations and we were on a trial. The club was packed. That first … [Read more...]