25 January , 2014
2014 really started for me with the "ahem" realisation that watching one of my lovely comedy course graduates on "The Jonathan Ross Show" always brings out the proudly clapping like a nut on my own in my living-room person in me! And this time it's down to my former resident Comic Boom MC and one of my fastest rising stand-up comedy course at Komedia Brighton graduates the wonderful Seann Walsh. I think he's perfected that Michael McIntyre impression. Watch the clip above and see what you think...
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31 December , 2013
I'll never again believe that Friday the 13th is unlucky after my wonderful comedy course graduates little prime-time television coup on Friday the 13th of December! I started the evening watching Romesh Ranganathan making his superb debut (clip above) on BBC One's "Live at the Apollo." I switched to Ch4 to watch Seann Walsh being interviewed by Alan Carr on "Chatty Man." And stayed with Ch4 to watch Romesh Ranganathan, Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes and Simon Evans on "Stand Up for the Week." It was an incredible Friday the 13th!
December had got off to a very exciting start with three of my comedy course graduates Jimmy Carr, Hal Cruttenden and Sean Walsh performing for Royalty no less in ITV's "The Royal Variety Performance 2013." Jimmy and Hal have been on the show before but Seann made his "Royal Variety" debut and met Prince Phillip!
The latest fledglings from my Autumn 2013 Stand-Up Comedy Course at Komedia Brighton took to the stage for their "New Act Night" show in December. Their show sold-out in Komedia's main venue. Every single one of them made me proud. And a wonderful audience of 290 gave them a well-deserved foot-stomping applause at the end of the show that made the floor vibrate!
We ended the year with a sold-out Comic Boom at Komedia, Brighton on Dec 30th that earned us a 5 star review in Brighton's own Latest 7. Romesh Ranganathan was my MC. It felt right that he had returned home to host the comedy party that was our last Comic Boom of an extraordinary year. Farewell 2013 you're going to be a hard act to follow...
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04 November , 2013
We're still recovering from an exciting Brighton Comedy Festival that kicked-off with the Opening Gala at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall. I watched my comedy course graduate Angela Barnes follow in the footsteps of graduates Jimmy Carr, Seann Walsh, Simon Evans and Romesh Ranganathan, making her superb debut in a star-studded show. I was back in the Dome's Concert Hall for the closing show "Best of the Fest" but this time backstage supporting my comedy course graduate Adam Race who won Brighton Comedy Festival's "Squawker Award" 2013. Seann Walsh and Angela Barnes were also back for "Best of the Fest." I had a "bit of a moment" watching lovely graduates Seann and Angela backstage supporting our newbie comic Adam (above) warming-up to go on stage in front of an audience of 2,000. He made us proud.
Graduate James Bannon (far left) triumphed at the Edinburgh Festival this year with his sell-out one-man show about his time in the police force as an undercover football hooligan. He wrote his book (left) about it all "Running with the Firm" and shortly after publication it shot up besteller charts in a nice little frenzy of press and media interest.
Angela Barnes popped into my Autumn 2013 stand-up comedy course at Brighton's Komedia to pass on her experience and knowledge and do a Q & A with my current batch of aspiring newbie comedians. It was Saturday Nov 1st and the day of her debut joining the regular team on Channel 4's "Stand Up for the Week." I'm still excited that four of my stand-up comedy course graduates Romesh Ranganathan, Angela Barnes, Simon Evans and Seann Walsh (pictured above with on far left Josh Widdicombe and centre front Paul Chowdry) are four out of a regular team of six comedians who'll be appearing in the show every week. Romesh also appeared in "Mock the Week" in November. They're all fast becoming television regulars...
November saw the return of BBC Producer Steven George. This time he had me booking the comedians and helping run the show for BBC's Children in Need at the amazing Trinity Theatre. My comedy course graduate David Jordan stepped-in at the last minute and unexpectedly found himself singing live on local radio and making a television debut on BBC South East. He handled it impeccably but that's the kind of thing that happens around our Steven George. We had a blast, raised loads of money for those kids in need and I'm making a point of only doing gigs where they give me flowers in the future...
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27 May , 2013
Brighton Festival Fringe kicked-off for me with my "New Act Night" show for my latest fledgling comics from my stand-up comedy course at Brighton's Komedia. They truly lived-up to my favourite quote about our sell-out twice yearly "New Act Night" shows, which have gained such a loyal following: "A fabulous night out full of warmth, discovery (for the audience and the acts!) and more feelgood than a 70's disco." Latest ****
I was sworn to secrecy but I knew that only a few weeks later my fledgling comics would be watching our fast rising graduate, regular Comic Boom MC and their own "New Act Night" show Compere Romesh Ranganathan totally storming BBC 3's "Russell Howard's Good News Extra!" It was a very exciting way to conclude my Spring 2013 stand-up comedy course at Komedia and their Brighton Festival Fringe experience!
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08 May , 2013
It's been a very exciting time for my stand-up comedy course at Komedia Brighton graduates. First Mark Barrowcliffe (below left) made it all the way through to the National Final of the "Laughing Horse New Act of the Year." In the same week Rich Perry (below right) made it into the grand Final to be held at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of the "Chortle Student New Comedy Award." Delighted for my lovely graduates and madly proud of them both. That was one exciting week!
One of my recent comedy course graduates Dan Fardell (left) had a great May as well. He got a superb review in a Brighton Festival
Fringe show from Steve Bennett at Chortle. "Dan Fardell was probably the most promising writer of the night, with some delicious (and possibly) underappreciated lines about his miserable lot in life, living in Crawley and unloved as a child. There's a strong concentration of punchlines, and his wittily downbeat demeanour is a winner."
And our fast-rising David Jordan (left) appeared in a charity gig at London's Bloomsbury Theatre for the second time and went down stormingly on a bill that featured an array of top comedians, including Mark Thomas and Stewart Lee. David's been working his way up the ranks at Comic Boom and he's about to play Brighton Komedia's big Krater comedy club for the first time. I know his Krater debut will make us all proud. Komedia are delighted with my lovely comedy course graduates and it feels like our remit to encourage and facilitate new local comic talent to emerge is right on track.
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