I’m a comedy writer and occasional performer but I haven’t always been!
I was brought up in the East riding in a semi-rural area and left school as soon as I could and went to work as a stockman on a local farm. After 5 years of shovelling stuff that no one should get that intimately acquainted with, I left farming and thought it best to get an education. Sometime later I emerged from Leeds with a BA hons, Bradford with a Masters and Oxford with a PGCE. Sheesh!
I’ve done a number of different occupations from farming, bookselling, Yorkshire pudding packing (!) teaching, busking and social work to name but a few. Some travelling, with and without guitar, to places that I loved and places that I was glad to see the back of. I guess I’m filling a stereotype of the guy who finds writing later in life and can put all that lovely experience of years spent ‘doing other stuff’ to good use in an area that he now feels most comfortable with. Hey, it’s my life and I’m happy with it!
I’m currently plugging a five act Tragi – comedy drama for theatre and pushing a sitcom pilot in the face of any TV producer’s/commissioning editor/executive/media god of entertainment who will look at it.
Well, I’ll add more, tweak, change, rant, post more stuff when I can…nah, that’s a lie. More like when I can be ars…oh hi there. You’re a commissioning editor for INSERT MEDIA COMPANY OF CHOICE and you want to produce my sitcom? Great! Yeah, of course! I work everyday, 26 hours a day and can exist on nothing else other than a diet of bitter tasting rejection letters and two trips to the toilet a day. Oh, ok. Just one trip then. Brilliant!
(2) Sept 17.
A little update.
Well, I’m still pushing the 5 Act Play and the TV comedy Drama. My TV pilot got into the top 17% of this years(2017) BBC comedy competition getting a full 30 page read through and an email back from Auntie Beeb telling me to keep going. Not bad for a first try. A good script never dies…
Exciting news! Just finished working on my fist 10 minute comedy film with co-writer Mike Revell. Should be out in a month or so on Vimeo. A cracking experience! Will let the film do the talking.
Will try not to leave it so long before adding stuff again. I’ve moved house (again)and collaborated on my first film! Give us a break y’set of bas…, oh hello. You want to read my play? And you have money? And all your faculties? Excellent! Ciao compadres! Till next time.