25 December , 2012
I'm taking a moment to look back on 2012, as it coasts gently to a close, with the promise of another exciting new year ahead. I've loved 2012 for all the opportunities it's given me to work with fantastic people and be proud of my fabulous stand up comedy course graduates...
Paul McCaffrey's (left) star continued rise in 2012. He started with debut television appearances on "Russell Howard's Good News Extra" and "Comedy Central at the Comedy Store." By the end of the year he was having a right laugh appearing on television every week as one of BBC 3's "Impractical Jokers."
Romesh Ranganathan's (left) star also continued to rise with debut television appearances on "Comedy Central at the Comedy Store," while writing for "Stand Up for the Week" and "Mock the Week." He made his Brighton Comedy Festival Opening Gala debut with old hands Seann Walsh and Simon Evans. It's fair to say that watching a talented trio of my comedy course graduates storm the show in front of 2,000 people at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall was one of my 2012 highlights.
I loved being involved with the Brighton Comedy Festival this year and working with the fabulous Heather Ruck. I worked with some great new people in 2012. Teaching stand up comedy workshops in London and Brighton for Nicola Green and Lianne Coop for the BBC New Comedy Awards. Taster comedy workshops as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe Professional Development Programme. And I felt honoured to be a comedy industry panellist for Systke Kamstra at the Comedy International Conference and Steve Bennett at the Chortle Conference in 2012.
Graduate and BBC New Comedy Award Winner 2011 Angela Barnes also made her television debut proper in 2012 on "Russell Howard's Good News Extra."
Francesca Martinez (right) was the last of my comedy course graduates to appear on "Russell Howards Good News Extra" in 2012. One of my highlights this year was catching-up with the wonderful Francesca and her fantastic show, "What the F***k is Normal?"
Another highlight was Aidan Goatley's (left) terrific solo show "10 Films with my Dad," which earned 4 and 5 star reviews and sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
I did my little dance of joy when six of my newest comedy course graduates got through to the "So You Think You're Funny" semi-finals at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Four of them found agents, including Ingrid Dahle who made it into the Final, gaining an ace Chortle review. She went on to win Brighton Comedy Festival's "Squawker Award" and stormed their closing show "Best of the Fest" at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall.
"London is Funny" managed to snag a top, candid and interesting interview with stellar stand-up comedy course graduate, Brighton's own Seann Walsh. Click on link below to read interview:
And "Comic Boom" at Komedia, Brighton bagged a review from Latest 7 that's my favourite Boom review to date. Click on link to read review: http://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/2012/09/28/comic-boom-3/
2013 is promising to be another exciting year with top comedy course graduates Hal Cruttenden (left) and Simon Evans (right) appearing in the same "Live at the Apollo" on Jan' 4th. I love it when that happens!
And our rising star Sam Savage "Funny's Funny Female Comedian of the Year" 2012 Winner appearing in the "New Act of the Year" Final at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Jan' 27th. Roll on 2013...
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22 October , 2012
I could not have been happier or more excited at the Opening Gala show for Dave's Brighton Comedy Festival. I watched a formidable trio of my risen and rising comedy workshop graduates, Seann Walsh (left) Romesh Ranganathan (top right) and Simon Evans (bottom right) storm the 2,000 seater Dome Concert Hall. Chortle's Steve Bennett gave Romesh an excellent review for what was his Opening Gala debut and dubbed Simon Evans and Seann Walsh the "stand outs" of the night. I was unbelievably proud of them and felt a bit giddy about it for the rest of the festival...
I had a lot of fun teaching my one-day comedy workshop at Komedia as part of the Brighton Comedy Festival. Terrific bunch of people who put on a great little stand-up show to end the day. I also enjoyed doing a little bit of performance skills coaching with the lovely and talented "May Contain Nuts" group. It was an added treat working with my workshop graduate Angela Barnes (right) again on the night of that beautiful show. Anglela was a superb MC. I was emergency last minute stage manager. We laughed a lot! And we left at the end of it singing Lorainne Bowen's crumble song.
Dave's Brighton Comedy Festival only got more exciting when one of my newest comedy course graduates fast rising Ingrid Dahle (below) won the Festival's first Squawker Award. She earned another ace review from Steve Bennett at Chortle. Ingrid performed her winning stand-up set at the closing show of the Brighton Comedy Festival (below) the Best of the Fest. I was back where I started watching one of my graduates performing on stage at the Dome Concert Hall to close the festival. Ingrid totally nailed it, stormed the gig, and did us all so incredibly proud.
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12 August , 2012
It was an unbeatable start to the week watching one of my graduates from my stand-up comedy course at Komedia, Norwegian Ingrid Dahle, storm her way into the winners spot at her semi-final heat of "So You Think You're Funny." It was a tough one due to a very high standard of acts over all and a tense but mercifully short wait while the judges deliberated. The usual leaping into the air while clapping and cheering from all of us there to support Ingrid ensued when her name was announced. Our wonderfully quirky totally unique Ingrid Dahle triumphed last night and won her place hands down in the prestigious Final on Thurs 23rd August at the Edinburgh Festival of the longest running new act competition that is So You Think You're Funny.
Ingrid Dahle is one of the featured SYTYF 2012 Finalists in BBC2's Culture Show at 10pm on 22nd August. She's off to a fabulous start with a beautifully bright future ahead of her...
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21 July , 2012
It was an incredible experience, a real highlight and an honour to watch one of my graduates from my stand-up comedy course at Komedia, Sam Savage (pictured left) deliver her superb award winning performance at a fantastic "Funny's Funny" Final last night. When Sam was announced as the winner of the "Female Comedian of the Year 2012" it wasn't just me who spontaneously leapt into the air clapping and cheering. We all did!
Congratulations are also going out to all six of my fantastic stand-up comedy course graduates who've got through to the Edinburgh Festival semi-final heats of top competition "So You Think You're Funny." Mike Cox, Adam Race, Joe Foster, Keiron Nicholson, Paul Jones & Ingrid Dahle. All this excitement in July gave me many opportunities to do a spontaneous little dance of joy. Only once in public in Brighton's Lanes, but I managed to stop myself...
28 June , 2012
Naz Osmanoglu (pictured left) currently appearing on BBC3's "Live at the Electric" as part of sketch group "Wit Tank" worked his way up the ranks at Comic Boom and tonight he stormed in his first headline spot. It's not every day we have a headline act who's a Turkish prince and nineteenth in line to the Ottaman throne! Latest 7's Victoria Nangle spoke to Naz about it all earlier in the week. Click on link to read article: www.thelatest.co.uk_028_031_LS583_previews_editorial
Workshops graduate James Bannon is a writer and stand-up comedian with more than one fascinating story to tell. He joined my comedy course at Komedia in 2010 to re-train as a stand-up comedian and turned his extraordinary life into comedy gold. Jamie wrote iconic film "ID" about his time as an undercover policeman infiltrating a gang of football hooligans. It's just been re-released. He's a regular Boom act but tonight he took to the stage after a cracking radio interview and a chat to Argus journalist Dominic Smith. Click on link to read article: www.theargus.co.uk/theguide
Our thanks are going out to Naz, Vicky, Jamie, Dom and Radio Sussex for all the promo this week. Comic Boom sold out. We had a blast. Naz didn't look so much like a Turkish prince in a t-shirt and jeans...
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