I meant to post this the other week but I’ve been a bit busy of late – we’ve been working on scripts for Episodes 3, 4 and 5 of All in the Method amongst other things – but check out this comedy sketch we did. Seems to be doing OK so far on Funny or Die. Please give it a ‘funny’ vote if you feel like helping it a bit more! cheers
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Last weekend we filmed Episode 2 of All in the Method! Woohoo! It was a long couple of days, but we got some (hopefully) great footage. I’m not gonna go on about it too much here because A) I don’t want to spoil any surprises just yet and B) I want you to go to the official AITM website and Facebook pages to help their popularity!
That’s a photo anyway from the last shot of the last day (it’s not actually a still as I’m looking at the camera). More soon!
WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS NAME DROPPING.
If you saw Alan Carr’s Summer Specstacular 2 on Channel 4 on Friday 17th August you may well have seen me in the above sketch, parodying Chariots of Fire. It’s still up on 4od if you can be bothered to sit through the adverts, then I’m in the sketch about an hour and 7 minutes in.
Alan Carr is a lovely guy to work with, really chilled and down to earth. They let me come back to the filming of the studio stuff as well, and I managed to get in the green room afterwards and meet Jonathan Ross (briefly), chat to Keith Lemon and Tulisa, Greg Rutherford and Louis Smith, stand very close to Paloma Faith and Melanie Sykes, and of course hang out a bit with Alan, all the time trying to pretend that I’m not some starstruck wanker. I also had the pleasure, during the filming, of sitting next to Adam Devlin from the Bluetones who was there with one of the other sketch actors, and funnily enough, is the celebrity who’s career I’ve actually followed the most.
The saturday before the start of our show A Halfway House at the Etcetera theatre I donned a pig costume borrowed from Megan Affonso’s brother (yeah, I know) and went up to Camden with Luke Kaile to give out flyers. Surprisingly some people actually came to the show. They left in the interval. Possibly. Anyway, here’s a little trailer Luke edited together from some iphone footage of that flyering day. After the run of the play finished so essentially useless but worth a look for the great track alone!
It was a fascinating production to be a part of, not only due to the sheer number of props and transitions we had to learn, on top of a fair few lines over the 2 hour production, getting to play very different characters, but also due to every night being able to see the sheer panic in my esteemed colleague Mr Luke Kaile’s eyes as another night’s performance sailed dangerously close to over running and putting us in breach of our contract, which stipulated we had to be finished and cleared out by 9 to ensure the next act could set up uninhibited.
After having to make a last minute decision to bring the performance time forward to 7, and limit the interval to 5 minutes (which was far from ideal for the audience on the first couple of nights where the air conditioning wasn’t working and everyone sweated out several pounds of weight over the evening), we had to learn further last minute cuts as the run continued, which kept us on our toes but would then be cancelled out as more improvised lines seemed to creep in…
Anyway, the theatre were ultimately happy with us, and we had some great shows with great audience reactions. We even got a 4 star review. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, working with my AITM co-star Mr Kaile, Megan Affonso, and James Butler. Also, Hanaa la Bella and Eisha Campbell did a great job at learning a fairly complicated tech script in only a few short hours. Thanks so much to everyone who came down, especially those who braved the ridiculous heat early on.
On a final note, and the final C-word (not that one) in this post’s title, audience members for the Friday show will have observed me desperately trying not to corpse when I returned to the stage for the final scene to discover James not wearing any trousers. He then got me again on the Saturday night by coming out with his shorts on his arms and shirt on his legs. Imagine my frustration when, having been informed by James that Luke had told him off that night, to discover when I came back out on the Sunday night that this was a downright lie, and that he was wearing ladies’ knickers over his own exposed pants, and a fluffy pink pig costume. I was less successful in holding it together that night.
Still, at least I got to spit water in his face every night. Bastard.
Stay tuned for more All in the Method! We’re working on the next couple of episodes!
I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted! Still, there’s been a lot going on. The Addicted – the horror feature I have a small role in had its first press and distributor screening last Tuesday which seemed to go well – looks like they’ve already been offered a couple of distribution deals so well done to Jenny Gayner and Sean J.Vincent! The film looks great too.
Moving swiftly on, Episode 1 of our new comedy web series All in the Method was released on Sunday. It’s been getting some great feedback which is lovely, and everyone’s been really helpful in spreading the word, for which we are all incredibly grateful! I’ve set up a website for it but if you want things nice and simple you can check out the Episode right here:
That brings me on to the other project that’s been keeping me busy: A Halfway House. It’s a comedy play with sketches written and directed by my AITM co-star Luke Kaile. We open on Tuesday 26th June at the Etcetera, so that’s gonna be exciting. We run till Sunday 1st July so if you wanna come I think you’ll need to book quick!
OK, I’m off to meet Luke to try and promote the play with the use of a pig costume. All will be revealed…
Last weekend we shot the first episode of our web series – written by me and Luke Kaile. I had no idea how stressful co-writing, co-producing and co-starring in something would be, but with the help of all the brilliant cast and crew, I think we did a good job. Let’s see how the edit looks!
I won’t say too much here for now in case I give anything away about the story, but I’ll go into a little more detail once the episode is up.
Also, I thought the series deserved its own special page on this site so please click the link for full list of cast and crew and a few stills.
OK, so maybe it’s not as exciting as the exclamation mark would suggest, but as Moonfruit seem to be reluctant to accept that a lot of people actually view the internet on iPhones and iPads these days, and actually offer some way of making websites designed using their service not look utter shit on these devices, I decided to move away from my flashy flash-based site and go with something I have more control over. I’ve also transferred my blog over to here so everything’s in one place. So in case anyone thinks, oh I liked that moving gallery and all that other crap on your old site, that’s why I did it. This site is also currently a bit of a work in progress so please bear with me.