Very exciting news guys – we’ve now filmed the final episode of Series 2 of Rich Keeble Vanity Project. Enjoyed some great work from actress EJ Martin who had to endure me in some rather compromising positions. We’re looking at getting something out there in June. Don’t forget to check out Series on Youtube if you haven’t already (and subscribe!) and check out the Facebook for updates and some exclusive stills!
Here’s me being very professional and taking a photograph of myself in ITV studios today, having just recorded some VO for some comedy online adverts for the new series of Love Island. Probably can’t say much more than that at the moment but don’t you worry, I won’t shut up about it once they’re out there.
I know I’ve posted a lot of stuff about Doubleshot this year but I did do a load of stuff for them! The last two videos I did for them, which were actually quick little voiceovers, are now released here! I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the guy in the videos is bald.
— Doubleshot.tv (@DoubleshotTV) March 8, 2016
— Doubleshot.tv (@DoubleshotTV) March 11, 2016
Exciting times, guys. Last week I did some voice work for some downloadable content for the new Total War: Warhammer video game. But even more exciting that than – we are well into the editing phase of Series 2 of Rich Keeble Vanity Project. It’s a little different from the first series with its deliberately low production values and anti-comedy stylings. This series is mockumentary style and follows me as I try to raise my profile by various disastrous means, including driving around shouting at random passers by through a megaphone (as illustrated in the above photo rather beautifully next to a place called The Ginger Pig), in the hope I can get another series of my show. Expertly shot by an experienced TV camera operator friend of mine (Casualty, Doctors, Death in Paradise) and again featuring Producer Sam, it’s more improvised, self-degrading antics that I think is actually going to turn out rather well! Watch this space!
So here are those Doubleshot videos – the first 2 are less than a minute and embedded from Twitter, the last one is the main video from the Doubleshot website which is embedded from Facebook. I think they’re pretty good!
Making a video with us is a smooth operation…https://t.co/hVZhLyAfvl
— Doubleshot.tv (@DoubleshotTV) February 17, 2016
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Last year I did a couple of training films for a company called Doubleshot. One was actually an interactive training computer game thing for Zurich, where I played a comic narrator character who would introduce the scenes and get caught up in the action, and the other was for Retracare where I played another comic character in the form of a store manager being interviewed at work about his own training techniques. Now Doubleshot have kindly asked me to star in some commercials advertising their own services. If you visit doubleshot.tv then you will see the main video on the front page with the handsome gentleman in that screen shot above. I also shot another couple of little clips that will be appearing at some point on social media, and did VO for a couple of animations. They’re also very nice people!
Check it out guys! I was in my third Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular last week. That’s me on a date with Nicole Scherzinger (Alan) right there. You can watch it on 4OD of course. The segment I’m in is after about 48:35 and my main bit is a couple of mins in. Great working with Alan again (he seems to remember me) and director Tommy Forbes. Insider info – just before I stand up I did have a line “I’m going for a shit” which they cut…
Hey, you know that gig I mentioned a couple of blog posts back? Well here it is. We played 11 songs (actually surprisingly well) and what’s not to like about a sweaty man in his 30s playing drums in a Xmas jumper? (Great drum fills after around 39:40! ha!)
1. One of Five a Day
3. Cosmonaut (At the Drive In Cover)
4. Song 1 (Gang of Jealous Pistols)
5. A Wing & A Prayer
7. Do What You Want
9. He Giveth (MeccaMen)
10. Broken English
11. Paint Your Own
Now this is an interesting one. Sorry, “interesting”. About 5 years ago, I got brought in to try out for the lead in a comedy pilot called Rules of Life. Obviously I’m amazing so I got it (I don’t think they saw that many people for it) and we filmed a 30 minute pilot over a number of weekends. Those weekends were actually spread over about a year as I recall, and we finally wrapped in late 2011. Once it was edited Steve Whyley, the writer, spent considerable efforts in getting people interested. He got Catherine Bailey (Quick Cuts, Life of Riley) on board who helped him re-write the scripts for the whole series, and pitched it to the BBC and Comedy Central. Sadly it didn’t get picked up, but I always remembered particular bits of that pilot being pretty good, and it was close to my heart as one of the first major roles I’d done in something, as well as having met great people during the filming who I still keep in contact with and have worked with since like Jenny Gayner and Pete Halpin (although he posts so many photos of his baby now I might remove him from FB) so I mentioned to Steve that maybe it could be edited into a web series? Long story short… Martin the editor couldn’t seem to find the original footage so I ended up re-editing it myself in Windows Movie Maker using an MP4 version of the pilot I had. It’s the software I use for my show reel so how hard can it be? Pretty fucking hard as it turns out as it’s not really designed for that, but anyway, I managed to pull together 4 episodes from the pilot of around 3 minutes each by quickening up the edit, cutting anything that we could lose for time, re-recording a bit of VO, adding new theme music and credits to fit in with the original animation (that used a song we didn’t have permission for) and there you go. There was stuff I had no control over due to only having the exported edit but I think it’s OK. I’ve still got a 5th episode to finish but Episodes 1 to 4 are available to view right now using the embedded playlist above! I know, I look young. I just said it was filmed 5 years ago didn’t I. Please check it out anyway! I think we’re looking to film more in the new year, and bring Stan back from the dead.
You know, “back in the day” I used to do a lot of music stuff. Now I don’t do so much. But here’s me doing a bit. I play drums in a band called The Pistol Gang & The Preacher (with Sam of Rich Keeble Vanity Project fame and Matt Jarman of Goodbye Sergeants fame). We’re doing a gig on Saturday at Matt’s studio in Tottenham. Why not come along!
hi guys! You know that Ben Green guy? The one from the Lidl advert that I’m in who is actually in it for longer than 3 seconds? Well he’s got a new podcast called “Things I Wish I’d Never Bothered Doing” that’s out on iTunes and Soundcloud, and guess who the first guest is? Bloody me isn’t it. Check it out! I sound like a right arrogant git at the very beginning, but it’s OK after that. We were drinking.
Funnily enough I was showing my mum where to find my Topcashback advert on Youtube, and the above video popped up as a suggested next video. It’s quite interesting – you get to see me mess up a line, and have my head deshined. My mate Sam actually said he laughed out loud when he saw that. What a meanie.
Oh hello. The other week I was a guest on the Richard Wolfenden Show on Shoreditch Radio with comedian Maria Tea and musician Tala Kaleem. You can listen to it in that player thing above. I did talk about myself a lot but then he did ask! I also seem to think everything is about sex. It was fun though! Very nice people!
So as of Sunday 1st November, the new Lidl Christmas advert has been all over the internet and presumably the TV. This is the 60 second version and I’m in it after about 16 seconds talking about lobster to a very nice gentleman who’s name I’m afraid I’ve since forgotten. Obviously my appearance is very brief, and I don’t know if I will appear in another version or “lesson”, but I’m very pleased to see some really nice performances from my other teacher friends. My “class” was literally a cookery lesson so wasn’t one of the jokey ones involving the director’s dog or sprouts in kettles, so let’s see if any of that surfaces at some point!
But here we are guys… with my Topcashback and Property Partner adverts still showing (see previous posts) you can call me Rich “Three Ads” Keeble. What do you think about that eh? Or Rich “Too much ginger on my TV, please get off” Keeble? Oh come on, at least Property Partner is a Voiceover…? Guys…?
(The whole Lidl Christmas campaign is trending rather enthusiastically at #SchoolOfChristmas)
Here’s the teaser trailer for new short The Dependents by my friends Luke Kaile and Sam Gridley, that was released yesterday. “This is the future, where human life is a commodity and cold-call salesman Frank guards a dangerous secret…”
That’s me in the mask and gloves, chasing the girl across the field at the start. I think they’ve done a great job and I can’t wait to see it!
hi guys! So what’s new with you? OK I’ll talk about me for a bit. You probably thought that after my amazing, arguably scene stealing (double scene stealing as I was in two scenes) appearance on The Delivery Man that I’d decided to quit at the top. Retire undefeated if you will. Well no, don’t worry. I’ve just been doing stuff a bit more behind the scenes and haven’t really had the time or motivation to update this blog that nobody reads.
Anyway, my good friend and collaborator Luke Kaile kindly gave me a cameo in his new dark short The Dependents, which is a kind of precursor to his feature The Criminal Audition. This short is also directed by Sam Gridley and features Noeleen Comiskey and Scott Samain. I had some nice little scenes where I could mess around with some blood and knifes in a darkly comic manner, and chase an actress across a field. Should be entered into festivals soon I hear.
Luke, Sam and I have also been working on series 2 scripts for our award winning web series All in the Method. I think it’s coming on really well and I’m actually really looking forward to trying to get that off the ground soon. The idea is an 8 episode series with an arc, but with individual genres for each episode a bit like what we played with in the last 2 epsiodes of the last series. Watch this space…
In June I signed with a new voice agent – Loud & Clear Voices. Jamie is doing a great job for me, getting me castings for video games and the odd TV advert job.. that’s right guys. I recently did a voiceover for a Property Partner advert which should be out soon I think. I also did a voiceover for a Carphone Warehouse advert a few weeks ago but I don’t know when that’s coming out.
I spent quite a lot of July hurriedly catching Edinburgh previews (Lou Sanders, Katia Kvinge, Ali Brice etc) before being cast in the Lidl christmas advert (get the blog title now?) Quite a big thing really – lots of improv and hopefully some nice comedy moments have come out of it despite it being one hell of a shoot! That should air in October I understand until christmas, on TV and in cinemas. I should point out that I had a really great time working with some great actors on that shoot – Ben Green (already a good friend of mine), Martin Collins (previously a FB friend!), Sandy Foster (who was in the same series of McDonalds adverts as me), Katy Schutte, Cicely Giddings, Rosanna Lambe, and dear old Colin Manford (brother of Jason).
But perhaps most exciting of all, is the new podcast Sam LeGassick and I have started… the accompaniment to the hugely successful Rich Keeble Vanity Project… I give you… the Rich Keeble Vanity Podcast! Available now on iTunes, and Soundcloud for free. You’re welcome.