Just did Laughterhouse Liverpool, gigs like that remind me why I love stand-up
The only other ‘proper jobs’ he’s ever had were washing dishes in the House of Commons, labouring on a gas pipe line in Qatar, in the Middle East, and teaching drama to the mentally ill.
He has been an audience favourite on the comedy circuit for many years, and has headlined at clubs throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In the early days he worked as a support act to Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner; appeared in the West End with Rita Rudner; and toured with The Flying Pickets, and Willie Rushton & Barry Cryer.
He has completely re-invented his act several times (from the early days of acrobatic spectacle and frivolous audience abuse - where he was described as ‘far fetched and semi dangerous’ Time Out).
In a more recent incarnation he was found weilding an electric squash racket - ‘must be seen to be believed’ Chortle; ‘comedy rock and roll heaven’ Hot Tickets.
His relaxed amiability is defined by a compelling conversational style and absurd guitar posturing. His 'songs' are jokes that rhyme, set to a guitar backbeat, never travelling down the easy route of song parodies. He covers topics from love and hate, to sex and politics with a totally original voice, delivering his material with charm and irrelevance. ‘Always enjoyable and often inspired’ (The Source).He ‘should be made the mayor of a small village’ (Shanghai City Weekend).
‘LITTLE RED SPIDER’ - pilot for comedy-drama series - performed at the SOHO THEATRE in a season of new writing (2006)
‘WAKE UP WITH WINONA’ - Staff writer for one season - DISNEY CHANNEL (2005)
Regular column for Brighton Lifestyle magazine NEW CURRENTS (2005...)
‘THE KEBAB SHOP OWNER’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER’ - radio play, performed at SOHO THEATRE in a season of new writing, later commissioned by RADIO 4 (2004)
‘LOCAL FOLK ROCK’ - 3-part spoof documentary series, for BBC SOUTHERN RADIO, funded through RADIO 4 (2004)
‘THE DRUIDS’ - sitcom pilot, performed at SOHO THEATRE, in a season of new writing - later commissioned by RADIO 4 (2003)
‘HOW TO RULE THE PLANET’ - Solo show, commissioned by the Lewes Literature Festival (1996)
‘BODGER AND BADGER’ - CBBC - Script editor for one complete series + writer of six episodes on another series (1995)
2 X 5minute documentaries for CBBC (1994)
‘GURU’ - cartoon in FORTEAN TIMES, also syndicated in the American publication DEOLOG. (1991 to 1997)
Number 73; Get Fresh; Fry and Laurie; Saturday Live; Jim’ll Fix It; Jerry Sadovitz Show; Nightlife Legends
4 at the Store; The Right Time; Local Folk Rock
T.V. Warm Up
(various, including) Rory Bremner Show; Alexi Sayles’ Stuff; Rita Rudner Show; Bottom; Fry & Laurie
‘An unsung hero of new comedy. Don’t miss this true professional at work. Bloody funny.’ TIME OUT
‘A crowd favourite with a stage presence and delivery style that is the envy of many of his peers.’ HONG KONG TIMES
‘Wild and wonderful.’ VENUE
‘A ‘must see’...’ THE GUARDIAN
‘Hugely talented, hugely experienced, comedy maestro.’ KOMEDIA
‘Should be made the Mayor of a small village.’ SHANGHAI CITY WEEKEND
‘Comedy rock and roll heaven.’ HOT TICKETS
"Soon to be huge!" IRISH TIMES
"Crazy, man!" NME