21 January , 2015
I've done a little dance and now I'm sending out huge and heartfelt congratulations to my lovely Komedia Brighton comedy course graduates the brilliant David Jordan (below) and the glorious Ingrid Dahle (left) on their nominations for the much coveted title of "Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2015." This award has been won in previous years by my stand-up comedy course graduates; Seann Walsh and Romesh Ranganathan. No pressure though David and Ingrid!
What makes it so prestigious is that the comedians up for this award have been nominated for it by top comedy club promoters around the country. Only the most genuinely exciting up and coming comedians will earn a nomination, and they've earned it through doing regular outstanding work gigging across the country in big established comedy clubs. Now the eight nominees will comedically battle it out in one show at the excellent Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival to see who will be crowned the "Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2015." It's honour enough just to be on the bill of this exciting show and I know David and Ingrid will make us all proud. They always do!
I'm also taking this moment to congratulate two of my newer Komedia Brighton stand-up comedy course graduates Julie Oliver (bottom left) and Catherine Heskey (bottom right). They both stood out over the last year. Catherine was outstanding in the Final of the Brighton Comedy Festival's Squawker Award and nobody who was there will forget her incredible performance in the heat she won to get into that Final.
Julie Oliver was also terrific in the Squawker Award Final, made it into the Finals of several comedy competitions and was shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Awards 2014. Having worked her way up the ranks at Comic Boom at Komedia, Julie made her debut at Brighton Komedia's Krater comedy club last week. I'm feeling quietly excited about the comedy future of these two hard working new graduates...
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31 December , 2014
It was another cheering, foot stamping New Act Night show at Brighton's Komedia as thirteen of my latest comedy fledglings (right) took to the stage for the first time ever. My Autumn 2014 stand-up comedy course at Komedia Brighton fledglings delighted a wonderful sold out audience who were packed into that huge main space downstairs at Komedia. It's a hell of a first gig!
And as usual I felt a tad emotional as each of my newbies stepped onto the stage. I applauded, cheered, and jumped up and down doing both, as each of them came off stage! I left my very happy fledgling comedians still celebrating their joyfully triumphant first ever stand-up gigs at the pub (below!) in the early hours. I'm sure/hope they all went home eventually...
We said goodbye to 2014 and welcomed in 2015 at Comic Boom comedy club at Komedia Brighton on the night before New Year's Eve. Zoe Lyons was on truly outstanding form and performed some of the funniest stand-up I've heard in the headline spot. The exciting discovery of the night was newish comedian Steph Laing (left). Lovely Nick Steel the Director of the Bath Comedy Festival persuaded me to give her a shot at Boom. Steph Laing's a future comedy star and my audience loved her. Thanks Nick!
I had a little moment watching my Komedia Brighton comedy course graduate David Jordan (right) that night, as he stormed the show. It's a moment that's hard to describe; when I realise that everything's "clicked" for them and I'm not just watching a graduate I'm watching a professional comedian. Judging by the hysterical reaction of the audience that night I think I'm right to say that musical comedy maestro David Jordan is most definitely one to watch...
2014 has been packed with memorable moments and reasons to be proud of my lovely comedy course graduates. Today I'm just feeling really excited about what they'll all get up to in 2015...
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07 May , 2014
Five years ago our award winning comedian and television regular ("Stand Up for the Week") Angela Barnes (left) was a fledgling newbie comedian on my Spring Stand-Up Comedy Course taking to the stage for the very first time ever in my May "New Act Night" at Komedia, Brighton. Last night Angela returned to where it all started for her and my May New Act Night but this time she was my MC!
I'm wondering if one of my lovely Spring Stand-Up Comedy Course at Komedia fledgling comedians (pictured left) will return to MC the show where it all started for them in five years time. If it's tall Matt at the back we'll need to build a taller dressing room.
My fast rising stand-up comedy course Brighton graduate award winning television regular Romesh Ranganathan (right) MC'd "Tea, Cake & Comedy" featuring my One Week Summer Holiday Comedy Course fledglings last year. He then got nominated for several prestigious awards, won two of them and appeared on "Live at the Apollo." But he's back to MC "Tea, Cake & Comedy" again on Sat July 19th at Komedia, Brighton. Romesh took over as the new host of "Newsjack" in Feb' so all that hosting "Brighton Nights" for Juice FM paid dividends!
The fantastic Seann Walsh (above centre) was a fledgling comedian fresh off my stand-up comedy course at Komedia Brighton when I first set-up my comedy club Comic Boom at Komedia. Seann worked his way up the ranks until he became my resident MC at Comic Boom and he played a big part in putting it on the Brighton comedy map. Seann Walsh is back at Comic Boom on Thurs May 29th to help us celebrate Komedia Brighton's 20th Birthday but it's highly unlikely that the lovely Seann will manage to make us a cake!
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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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