Very pleased to have been involved with 2 games in The Telegraph’s 50 best games of 2018! Strange Brigade, in which I played Frank Fairburne, is in there along with Vermintide 2 – I voiced the infamous Blightreaper in the Shadows over Bögenhafen DLC. Footage of both of these are in my video game footage reel on the videos page!
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I was very excited to see that Inside No.9 was featured at No.1 of the list of 25 best TV episodes of 2018 in this Guardian article. In case you weren’t aware, I provided the voice of the Radio DJ near the beginning of the show, and a spooky voice later on after it’s really got going. It was one of the few times when I actually watched a show live, and I’m very glad I did!
So that was a lot of fun! We shot that VT back in June. Really lovely to work with Keith/Leigh – he actually recognised me and we chatted about ginger beards and twitter abuse! Christopher Biggins was lovely too! You can watch the episode on ITV hub here. My bit is very near the beginning and I’m actually in it throughout that first VT (both parts).
So here’s something rather nice that we shot in the summer, written by TV writer James Farmer and directed by Stuart Laws for Turtle Canyon Comedy. I star as Rob with Sarah Dyas (recognisable from the Rich Keeble Vanity Project Xmas Special, naturally) as Beth. Also features Kat Sadler (who has the best line) and Owen Pullar. Enjoy!
Now I’ll be honest: I was dreading this. However, it wasn’t as bad as I remember it. After finishing a 5 hour voice session or something, doing an interview didn’t feel like the best thing to do, but here it is! It turned out OK! Some nice behind the scenes footage of the motion capture as well. Enjoy!
Photo credit: Elyse Marks www.elysemarksimaging.com
So on 24th October I did the closest thing I’ve done to stand up in 4 years, appearing at my friend Alexis Strum’s new night “The Time I Almost…”, telling the story of how I was almost in a Michael Caine film (King of Thieves, which I was cut out of). I also talked about a few other things I’d been cut from and used the opportunity to read out a few mean tweets. The night raised £300 for Women’s Aid. This is a new regular thing so do check out her blog.
Wow – I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to watch a TV show than I was watching the live special of Inside No.9 on Sunday night. I recorded some voices a couple of weeks ago in front of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, which was amazing in itself, but you never know what they’re gonna use and so to hear my voice coming out that radio in the first few minutes of the show before… it all kicked off… was something else. I’ve always wanted Steve Pemberton to tell me to bugger off as well! What a dream come true! Catch up with it on iPlayer!
Now as you know I take my music very seriously, so it’ll come as no surprise that my band has released an EP of remixes for one of most lyrically deep songs of our first album, Bellend Tattoo. I’m very pleased with how this turned out I must say. Jon and Dave did mixes which both make me chuckle, as does my dear friend Sam’s. I’m also rather pleased with the acoustic version. Anyway, please do stream (download if you wish!) on the embedded Bandcamp player, or stream in the usual places including Spotify.
Here’s a lovely fun Dutch TV commercial I shot in Amsterdam for Centraal Beheer a few weeks ago. It looks great doesn’t it. I was on set a couple of days for this. It’s only 20 seconds long but as you can see there’s a lot of different scenes and setups, and if you’ve worked on commercials before you’ll know they often like to do lots of different takes and versions to give them plenty of choice in the edit. I had to comb that poor girl’s hair with a lice comb quite a lot of times as you can imagine! I couldn’t even apologise because she didn’t speak English. I also had to be jumped on by those other children several times (the boy seemed to enjoy spanking my arse). Beats having a proper job though doesn’t it.
My friend and collaborator in comedy (Rich Keeble Vanity Project) and music (Cells, Pistol Gang & The Preacher, Static Statek) Sam LeGassick has been writing and performing a horror/thriller audiodrama podcast for the past couple of years called A New Winter. He’s had over 750,000 listens(!) and the last ever episode has just been released, which I’m honoured to have been involved with. My voice features along with Sarah Dyas. Do add podcast to your list as it is very good, and I was genuinely hooked on it and have indeed listened to every episode!
August 28th was a very special day for gamers everywhere because two new releases came out which feature the voice of yours truly. I played Frank Fairburne, one of the main four player characters in Strange Brigade. I also did motion capture for the cut scenes. Below is the trailer – you can hear me briefly but obviously there’ll be a lot more of me in the game if you choose Frank.
The other character I voiced was for the new Warhammer: Vermintide 2 DLC – Shadows Over Bögenhafen. I provided the voice of The Blightreaper, the Chaos runesword which must be retrieved and unmade. Exciting eh! Here’s the trailer for the DLC – you won’t hear my voice here but you will in the game as the sword kind of whispers in your ear….
I’ll try and upload some game footage soon!
On Monday 13th August I had the honour of performing at the Comedy Store for the first time, recording radio satire Dexit: Demonic Exit. I played Pedantrius, right-hand demon to the Prime Monster. It went down really well and I had a great time. A video will be out at some point (from which the above still is taken), but Cyrus (the writer) has chopped it up into podcast episodes, which will be on iTunes or Soundcloud (below). Enjoy!
Brilliant work from @Laucheckley and @RichKeeble who finished police work today on Porters. I feel a cop show spin off ‘Checkley & Keeble’ needs to happen. #porters @davechannel https://t.co/V1m9WN9UGj
— Alex Walsh-Taylor (@alexw_t) August 1, 2018
I recently had an amazing time shooting an episode for the new series of Porters on Dave. I got to work with director Vadim Jean again (who directed The Rebel) and had some great scenes with Daniel Mays, Susan Wokoma, Laura Checkley and Siobhan McSweeney. As if that wasn’t enough I even got to read in Rutger Hauer’s lines at the tableread!
Jeez! Three releases in three days!!! OK I guess I divided opinion by releasing an electropop single followed by a field recording of me taking a bath, but this EP is a bit more back to normal – 4 acoustic rocky/silly songs I recorded with the band, and I’m very pleased with it! Digital only at the moment but might do a physical release at some point. On Spotify too! Contains “Comedy Songs”, a song I wrote for our Edinburgh show in 2014 but never used.
My second release in as many days is a very special one for me ladies and gentlemen as it is my debut solo album. Thank you. But it’s perhaps not what you’d expect. It is available on limited edition CD that comes with a rubber duck and a teabag. Also on Spotify. Amazing right? Here are the liner notes:
This is the debut solo album from Rich Keeble, recording artist, actor, lover, and a unique, personal insight into just over 47 minutes of his life, recorded one afternoon in May 2018.
The album allows us to experience, and immerse ourselves completely, in the voyeuristic delight of sharing a bath with the artist. During the first track “In the Bath” we hear the running of the water, the adjustment of temperature, and the subsequent lowering of the naked body into the bath. What follows is a roller coaster ride of emotions as we, the listener, enjoy the sounds of the artist washing, scratching, coughing, sighing, sniffing, and drinking from a cup of tea. Sometimes there is just silent thought. On other occasions we are rewarded with external road traffic or other building services noise.
As we segue into the second and final track, “Out the Bath”, we are surely hooked on what might happen next, listening with heightened intensity over the next 20 or so minutes before he literally pulls the plug on the whole album. Was that a fart or a stomach noise? Will he sing or play up to the microphone in some way? Will the phone ring? Will he finish that fucking tea? The answers lie…. In the Bath. 5 Stars.
Woah! Look at this! It’s electropop mastery from Warbatron featuring Rich Keeble on vocals! Look at us in that photo! Don’t I look good in that wig and Dan’s girlfriend Kym’s coat! You can even buy it on cassette! What?! Also on Spotify and everything else probably.
I was lucky enough to be chosen to read two short stories at the Liars’ League “Small and Beautiful” 11th birthday flash fiction night on 10th April 2018. Each story was very different but both were great and were very well received!
So middle of March I shot a sketch with Sally Lindsay where she played a lady who had failed her driving test loads of times, and I played one of the driving examiners that had failed her. Not long afterwards, Ant got arrested for drink driving, and perhaps unsurprisingly this sketch about driving misdemeanours was canned. However, they clearly decided not to re-edit the trailer for the segment and therefore I did just about survive… albeit it with no lines and just getting slapped. Ah well. Sally was very nice!