News

I'm currently developing new TV and radio projects, and a non-fiction book. Below are some recent bits and bobs.


EX-LORD BUCKETHEAD

In summer 2019 The Guardian ran a news piece outing me as none other than intergalactic spacelord, Lord Buckethead. And it’s true! I’m the guy who ran against Theresa May in Maidenhead in the 2017 UK General Election, offering strong (but not entirely stable) leadership and securing a Buckethead record of 249 votes. I wrote and performed everything you might have seen the character do in 2017, and it was a bloody good laugh. (It was done with no involvement from the American film producer who has now asserted his rights over the character. Anything new or recent by the character isn’t by me.) As Theresa May left the prime ministerial stage it seemed to be an appropriate time to unmask, and to share in our equal success in negotiating Brexit.

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LOBBY LAND

Lobby Land is a new political sitcom which I created, and which I produce and co-write. It's a topical narrative comedy set in the weird world of Westminster journalism, following the life of lobby hack Samantha Peakes, who is the political editor for the clickbait website Hot Takes. Series Two was broadcast in summer 2019 in Radio 4’s Friday primetime 6.30pm slot, starring Yasmine Akram, Charlie Higson, Cariad Lloyd, Dan Tetsell and Daniel Lawrence Taylor.

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Rob Newman's Total eclipse of descartes

Rob's latest BBC Radio 4 series, which I producedhas recently won Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) at the 2019 BBC Audio Awards. It's the follow-up to Neuropolis and The Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia of Evolution, which won Best Scripted Comedy with Live Audience at the 2017 BBC Audio Awards. The show is currently available to listen to on the BBC website here.

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My debut live show is about my quest to be a pop culture archaeologist, venturing deep into the world's video dungeon to find amazing examples of unintentional genius. It premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2018 and received a host of strong reviews.

✭✭✭✭ "The most surprising show of the fringe... extraordinary, deliriously enjoyable" (the i/Independent)

✭✭✭✭ "Excellent... very funny" (Chortle)

✭✭✭✭ "Compelling... a thorn in the side of the most powerful offices in the land" (The Scotsman)

✭✭✭✭ "His pop culture infatuation is infectious" (EdFestMag)

✭✭✭✭ "Hugely entertaining, with an incredible twist" (Fringe Biscuit)

In Summer 2019 the show transferred to London’s Soho Theatre. 

photo by Idil Sukan

photo by Idil Sukan


THE WORLD OF SIMON RICH

Simon Rich is one of the funniest writers in America, with credits including The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and The New Yorker. His new sitcom Miracle Workers, starring Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe, airs in the US in February 2019 and his movie Pickled, starring Seth Rogen, will be released in September 2019. I’ve collaborated with Simon on audio adaptations of his fantastic short stories and series 2 airs on BBC Radio 4 in February 2019, starring Robert Webb, Cariad Lloyd, Jamie Demetriou, Freya Parker and Lewis Macleod.

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STAND-UP GIGS

Once in a blue moon you can find me doing stand-up comedy. In 2019 I have performed at venues including The Bloomsbury Theatre, The Backyard Comedy Club, the Phoenix in Central London and the Soho Theatre, where I performed my Fringe Show treasuRETROve in front of a sell-out audience.

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published writing

My writing has been published regularly in Wisden's quarterly cricket journal The Nightwatchman and been singled out for praise on BBC Test Match Special.

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radio producing

I've produced a number of new series that have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Recent shows include:

Austentatious, Rob Newman's total eclipse of descartes, Dave Podmore: a Pod for Europe, Did the Victorians Ruin the World? and lobby Land (see above)