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!
Here’s the latest performance I did at Liars’ League in Feb. This was a great story about a woman who falls in love with Daddy Pig from Peppa Pig. Sadly the video is audio only for the first few seconds and I was suffering from a virus which went on for 4 weeks rendering my voice a little unreliable, but the crowd are great and I think it worked pretty well!
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Thursday’s “TONIGHT… with Remée Martin!” was a blast! With @jacobedwardsinc & @joznorris (@hollyburncomedy sadly not pictured). Thanks everyone! Honoured to be involved. 📷: @benspellsben #comedy #live #chatshow #tufnellpark #rubbergloves
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Here’s me on stage with Jacob Edwards and Joz Norris for Jacob’s new live show which he kindly asked me to be a part of, playing his sidekick, Leonard.
I was in Episode 2 of Series 2 of Simon Callow’s sitcom The Rebel recently on Gold (15th November, repeated 17th). I believe it’s still on catch up but I’m not 100% how to go about it if I’m honest. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and I have very positive memories of working with Mr Callow and the rest of the cast and crew. I played a ticket inspector who argues with Simon Callow’s character before being forcefully pushed into the train toilet. I do, however, get my own back…
Well well well. So I just spent 3 weeks shooting the Criminal Audition, where I played the character of William. I posted about this film back in November 2014 when I was due to have a little cameo, and appeared in the comic crowdfunding video. You may remember of course that I was in the original play back in 2011(!). Anyway, fast forward 3 years, major script rewrites, production changes, character recasting… and here I am playing one of the leads. I’m very grateful to Luke Kaile and Sam Gridley, and the rest of the team, for casting me in this great film where I had some incredibly enjoyable scenes getting to flex some different acting muscles. It’s also great that Luke has finally managed to get his film made after a lot of hard work. I look forward to seeing the final results, which are being edited as we speak. There’s me preparing to do some “serious acting” in that photo.
So here it is! A couple of days shooting in Bucharest with a great crew of about 70 I think, and roughly a similar amount of extras has led to this piece of work that I’m very proud of! Clearly a very technical shoot with far less visual effects than you might think, we filmed all of that in different locations or sets (as opposed to just using a blue screen – they really built that catwalk, that was a real pool, and they really smashed that car windscreen.) The hardest part was trying to walk at the same speed in every scene while not looking where I’m going and delivering subtlety different lines for different versions. But anyway, I think it’s turned out great. Phil the director, Ed the DOP and Nick the producer were great to work with as were all the Romanian cast and crew. The guys from Topcashback were on set too and were lovely as always. They talk about the ad on their blog here, and director Phil Hawkins discusses the shoot on his website here.
Hey everyone, here’s the first music video for my new thing Rich Keeble & The More Accomplished Musicians. The song is called You Took My Stuff and is from our self-titled album! It stars my friend Ben Green as well as the band members. Full credits are in the YouTube description.
I was back at Liars’ League on Tuesday night for their Heads & Tails event, performing “Mustard Moon” by Sarah Evans, a rather touching story that seemed to go down very well with the audience and actually won the first prize. They said I “read the hell out of it”, which was nice.