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.
hi guys! It’s been a while again hasn’t it. It feels like I’ve been really busy but I can’t really remember what I’ve been up to now. Well, I suppose the most relevant things at the time of writing are that firstly I’ll be in an episode of The Delivery Man on ITV on 9th May – I should be in 2 scenes both of which were great fun to do with Paddy McGuiness. Secondly, we’ve just started releasing our new web show Rich Keeble Vanity Project, which is embedded above. I did this with 2 of my telly friends who basically shot and edited it. We shot loads of improvised stuff in a day, and then edited it down to 6 short episodes. I’m actually pretty pleased with it, although I’m sure it’s not for everyone!
Other than that, Luke Kaile and I shot a sketch last weekend – the first thing we’ve properly done together since Edinburgh really. Series 2 of All in the Method is still being written and our Edinburgh film being edited, but other than that he’s still been busy with pre-production of his film The Criminal Audition, and a new short film shooting in June.
I’ve also been doing some corporate work for a lovely production team called Doubleshot – I played a comic narrator/presenter character in a big interactive training film for Zurich (so a lot of their employees will be bombarded with my stupid face). The director was the lovely Mark McGann. I’m doing some more work with them next week for another comic training film where it looks like I’m playing a slightly annoying store manager (who is also the narrator/presenter type character). Actually I’ve got quite a lot of lines to learn so I should get off here and crack on with that.
Speak to you soon guys. Don’t forget I’m still posting short Vine videos so please check those out if you can! See ya!
hi guys. I’ve started doing the odd comedy Vine here and there, so I can get my own ITV2 show just like Dapper Laughs did from his own Vine celebrity. Hopefully it won’t get pulled after an internet petition though. On the positive though, a mutual friend of Dapper and mine, Ben Adams, revined this one of mine to his several thousand followers which seems to have got it some decent attention. Only a matter of time guys…
Well hello and a happy new year! Right, now that’s out the way I can get back to just going on about myself for a bit. I was in Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular again on 31st December. You can check it out on 4OD. I play a detective called “Officer Steve” interviewing Alan as Cheryl Cole in a sketch parodying “24 hours in custody” at about 29:40 in (I speak at 32:23), and then I pop up as an arresting officer in a sketch parodying White Dee at about 1:08:07. I speak at about 1:11:07 (one of the best lines possibly ever uttered on TV), although you do also see me briefly as another character (wearing the production manager’s glasses) very near the beginning, so don’t get confused. Here’s a couple of screen grabs:
Sorry about Simon DeSlilva’s arse in that one.
Also, I don’t know if you’re into Vine at all, but every now and then I do one that amuses me if no-one else. Here’s one I did yesterday:
Talk soon! All my love.
So now they’ve officially announced it I’m allowed to say that I’m actually in the film (see previous post). In preparation I recorded this ‘hilarious’ interview at home on my phone, which I edited with loads of jump cuts then Luke and Sam edited it again into 4 separate videos just to reduce the picture quality even further. The ‘joke’ is that I’m actually not in the film very much. Do you get it? Did you watch them? I’m not really that arrogant. Or am I? I’m also not talking to a person, just the wall. The magic of cinema.
Back in 2011, Luke Kaile and I peformed in his play, A Criminal Audition. The play was about being framed for money for someone else’s crime, and was actually pretty good! I posted about it at the time. Most of my role, as I remember, involved me smearing myself in shaving phone, chasing people round the stage and generally acting mental. Since then, Luke has adapted the play into a movie: The Criminal Audition. The film is a lot darker, my character is now a woman (no longer played by me), and there is an Indiegogo campaign now underway if you fancy checking that out… I helped out by hanging around in my pants covered in fake blood in the above video. Even if you don’t fancy contributing it’s certainly worth checking out the site for the various interesting updates they’re wheeling out over the next few weeks.
A couple of nights ago I was in the Feeling Nuts comedy night. As you can see I’m having a very serious conversation with Angelo Epithemiou (Dan Skinner) on the streets of Camden, while he has some fake testicles hanging out of his trousers. I thought this segment was actually appearing in the Stand up to Cancer night and that I’d missed it but it was part of a separate show. I say about two words. We did a few takes, my role being slightly reduced with each one, but to be fair with this kind of thing it’s not about me, it needs to be brief and Dan Skinner does seem very nice. Barry from Watford calls me a twat as well, which is probably a reasonable claim to fame? Oh, and no, I never did find out what he has in those carrier bags.
I’m in a McDonald’s advert at the moment. I think it’ll only be on for a week or so – it’s the first in a series for their My Burger campaign where they have different burgers designed by the public. I believe the one I’m pretending to eat at the end is the Big Uno designed by Tammy Rose . If you haven’t seen it, I look like I do in the above photo, except I move and talk cos it’s the TV and you can do that, it’s amazing.
So that’s that. Edinburgh over, all done. 12 shows, 8 guests, possibly 2 or 3 laughs. When we turned up and realised we had a stage a fraction of the size we were used to, someone had broken the lights (Luke Graves sorted that out), we had to buy our own cables, try and balance the projector on a speaker, as well as having to do our own tech, we thought it was going to be a bit of a disaster. Actually the first night was a bit of a disaster really: we’d spent so much time sorting out tech issues that we barely flyered and actually thought we had no crowd at all. Having convinced ourselves that we would just pull our first show, not worry about it and get back on the horse the next day, some people actually turned up! Being about 20 minutes past our start time and in the mindset that we were just going to get drunk, we then had to cut most of our planned show and quickly cobble together some part stand up/improvised show that included our first guest Dan Nicholas wearing a bear head and skimpy knickers (lots of pubes on display) and a lot of bantering with a crowd of young guys who seemed to be laughing a little too hard (probably on “drugs” I would imagine, those youngsters).
After that though it got a lot easier. We accepted that the show we’d performed in Camden would have to change to suit the Edinburgh free fringe. We’d already had to cut some stuff for length anyway, but we had to make the show more inclusive, more interactive and more loose. Luke and I would improvise a lot more, talk to the crowd more, making light of the tech issues we had, and actually I think it became a much better show as a result. I certainly had some great nights. We even got better at flyering and getting people to actually come to the show. We even made some money. Well, not overall obviously.
What we do isn’t for everyone, and I know some people didn’t enjoy some of our darker moments, and when we had good numbers in and the bar was busy it could be difficult for people to hear at the back and some walked out, but who cares? Others definitely enjoyed it, and that’s what matters.
A big thank you to our guests Dan Nicholas, Richard Pulsford, Lorna Shaw, Jenny Collier, Andy Holloway, Greg Simpson, Eleanor Morton, and Ali Brice. Yes, some people did more than one night – you worked it out.
Luke and I shot a lot of footage over the festival for our film Kaile, Keeble & Kuntz, which I’ve been working my way through when I can. It should be a mixture of show footage with behind the scenes banter and pieces to camera… hopefully funny and released…. somewhere. I’ll let you know.
That’s right kids. That young upstart Luke Kaile and I are heading up to the fringe this year. We’re doing 12 shows from the 13th to 24th August at 18:45 at the Globe Bar, and if the London shows were anything to go by, it’s gonna be great! Speaking of which….
Thanks to Miranda Dawe, James Bennison and Wes Dalton for joining us in those shows. As you can see, a lot of the show involves me swearing and pulling faces. You’d pay good money to see that wouldn’t you? Well you don’t have to cos it’s on the PBH Free Fringe. Check us out right here! I also did a little interview with Short Com which is right here!
Anyway, as that trailer says, we’re making a bloody film out of our journey. We’re driving up in a camper van, and filming all the hilarious goings on that that’s bound to inspire, like me needing to pull over for a wee, and Luke not looking when pulling out of a junction. Amazing! We should have some great guest stars on board as well! And maybe we’ll do some podcasts! Maybe there’ll be more Backgammon on the Toilet! I hope so! I’ll try and bombard you all with as much tedious, annoying shit as I can! See ya soon!
If you haven’t listened to Richard Herring’s Me1 vs Me2 Snooker podcast, then you’re really missing out on the type of podcast that revolves around a man playing a popular game against himself while commentating on it…. and not much else. To be fair, although I think the main humour is derived from the fact that he’s actually done 40-odd episodes of it, and people like me are actually listening to it, it can be genuinely compelling and enjoyable listening.
Which is where Backgammon on the Toilet comes in. Instead of a man playing snooker against himself, how about a man playing backgammon on his iphone, while sitting on the toilet and talking random shit? That’s exactly what I’m doing. This is the future: