Entries by John Fleming from 12/2011

What Comedian Lewis Schaffer Told Me After The Death Of His Friend, American Comic Patrice O'Neal

| Posted 12.02.2011 | UK Comedy

The American comedian Patrice O'Neal (born 'Patrice Oneal') died on Tuesday, a month after suffering a stroke at the end of October. I did not know h...

"Whites? You Can't Tell Them Apart"

| Posted 12.04.2011 | UK Lifestyle

One mantra for racists in Britain used to be: "They all look the same to me." In 1986, I was in a group of people who went to North Korea. The local...

Why Loving Jigsaws as a Child Helped Me Write Others' Autobiographies

| Posted 12.08.2011 | UK Entertainment

Last night, I was on a panel at the third Storywarp erm eh meeting, erm...conference?...shindig? - Whatever it was/is. People talk to an invited audi...

Comic Charlie Chuck Gets a Sexual Disease and is Attacked in Germany

| Posted 12.11.2011 | UK Comedy

I first worked with Yorkshire comedian Charlie Chuck in 1990, before his cult-creating TV appearances on The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer. Last week he ...

Revealed: Plans For An Alternative Edinburgh Fringe In 2012

| Posted 12.15.2011 | UK Comedy

The Edinburgh Fringe does not happen until August, but performers - and especially comedians - start planning for it now - in late-December. The big...

The World's Most Travelled Man Does Not Believe in Jet Lag

| Posted 12.19.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Last week, I met Fred Finn, who is officially the world's most travelled person. He has been in the Guinness Book of Records since 1983 and has now f...

Comedy in an Economic Recession...And the Greatest Show on Legs

| Posted 12.21.2011 | UK Comedy

There was a report in The Scotsman yesterday which started: "Theatres across Scotland have had their best winter for years as families flock back to ...

Computer Game Storytelling And The Man Who Wants To Do Good

| Posted 12.21.2011 | UK Tech

Recently, BBC Radio 4's Today programme had a strange report on 'Bibliotherapy' and the psychologically-positive healing power of reading books. It so...

Doctor Who and The Nightmares of The Man Who Created The Daleks

| Posted 12.21.2011 | UK Entertainment

As mentioned in a previous Huffington Post blog, last century I interviewed Terry Nation, who created the Daleks for the BBC TV series Doctor Who. We...

How to Write Someone's Biography or Your Own Autobiography

| Posted 12.23.2011 | Huffington Post

Earlier this month, I wrote in the Huffington Post about being on a Storywarp panel which discussed the techniques and nature of storytelling, of tel...

Christmas With Malcolm Hardee: Strange Beer and Falling Fish

| Posted 12.24.2011 | UK Comedy

I will be spending a quiet time at home on Christmas Day. I asked 'Digger Dave', a friend of the late 'godfather of British comedy' Malcolm Hardee if he had any memories of spending Christmas with Malcolm. Perhaps this was a mistake.

It's the $1 Million Day Comedy Experienced Its Radiohead Moment

| Posted 12.26.2011 | UK Comedy

Louis CK had reportedly just made over a million dollars from his concert video. He did not release as a DVD through the normal channels. Instead, he released it by himself as a download. The result? Over $1 million of income from $5 downloads in 12 days.

A Strange Showbiz Meeting; Punch And Judy Show Banned In Cornwall

| Posted 12.27.2011 | UK Comedy

Martin was in The Greatest Show on Legs comedy troupe with late 'godfather of British alternative comedy' Malcolm Hardee. They were best-known for their naked balloon dance on Chris Tarrant's OTT TV show but, in fact, The Greatest Show on Legs was originally Martin's solo act.

The Serious Subject Of Performing Comedy At The Edinburgh Fringe

| Posted 12.29.2011 | UK Comedy

Yesterday, someone asked me for advice about their next Edinburgh Fringe comedy show. The Fringe does not start until next August, but now is the time people begin their preparation.

The Comedy Girl Who Is Planning for the End of the World In 2012

| Posted 12.29.2011 | UK Comedy

Throughout my life, whenever I have met people at parties and suchlike, they have always eventually asked that terribly British question: "What do you do?" I am buggered if I have ever been able to give a sensible answer.