04 Nov, 2013 | news

Workshops Graduates On Television In Competitions and Running with the Firm

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 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 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...