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

The Guardian has run 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, losing narrowly by 37,469 votes. I wrote and performed everything you might have seen the character do in 2017, and it was a bloody good laugh. (Anything new or recent by the character isn’t me.) As Theresa May leaves the prime ministerial stage it’s an appropriate time to unmask, and to share in our equal success in negotiating Brexit.

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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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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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treasuretrove

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)

 

photo by Idil Sukan

photo by Idil Sukan


LOBBY LAND

Lobby Land is a new political sitcom which I created, produced and co-wrote. Series One premiered on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018, starring Ophelia Lovibond, Charlie Higson, Cariad Lloyd, Lewis Macleod and Ryan Sampson. It's a topical narrative comedy set in the weird world of Westminster journalism, following the life of young political editor Samantha Peakes. It has been recommissioned for summer 2019 in Radio 4’s prestigious Friday 6.30pm slot.

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STAND-UP GIGS

Once in a blue moon you can find me doing stand-up comedy, and in January 2019 I was invited to take part in An Evening of Unnecessary Detail at the Backyard Club in Bethnal Green, and a special edition of The Pun Run, a puntastic night of one-liner gags at the Phoenix in central London, hosted by the brilliant Bec Hill.

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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)