The 2nd part of my conversation with Phil focuses on the challenges of taking on the Comedy Bunker – its highs & lows & plenty of name-dropping
The guest on this episode is the guy who bought The Comedy Bunker from me in 2011 – Phil Smith. This is the first of a two parter where Phil ponders the challenges of taking over from my 16 years as Captain of that ship. We also speak candidly about his pre-comedy life as an alcoholic and how – overnight – he stopped drinking.
The guest on this episode is curator of the newest addition to London’s cultural scene ‘The Sir Charlie Darwin Movie Battle’ (Only the Best Survive!) – Eric Schachter. It’s a no holds barred, live talent show for new cinema which happens at The Backyard Bar & Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. The next session takes place on Wed, Oct 15th. http://www.sircharliedarwin.com for details and booking info.
Comedian, Paul Chowdhry – star of ‘Stand Up For the Week’ & ‘Whats’s Happening White People?’ – takes a break from his ‘PC’s World’ tour to discuss his comedy & lack of affection for all things boaty.
John Ellis discusses The Stranglers, superfans, his music, band politics, Adam Ant, The Stranglers, Pete Hamill, meltdowns and his time with the greatest band of all time – The Stranglers. He sings a bit too.
Laine Hines – son of Denny Laine – is a fine purveyor of the Blues. I chanced upon him in East London at an Open Mic night and his performance mesmerised me. On this podcast, we discuss growing up with a famous father, a lost ‘Mull of Kintyre’ demo tape & what it means to be ‘in the moment’ when connecting with an audience. Laine sings a couple of songs too.
I slowed down but – as I was driving past – the dredger sprang into action. From nothing, amid an almighty wash, the dredger’s stern rapidly move into my path. It was going to hit me and I didn’t have time to get out of the way.
Figuring that the driver had not seen me, I sounded my horn. The dredger stopped and a collision was avoided.
As I was passing, annoyed as I felt, I waved at the driver. No harm done, I figured. We all make mistakes, right? She responded by shaking her head – a disapproving shake that said I was an idiot boater who didn’t know what he was doing.
Continue reading The Blind Dredger
Continue reading My brief encounters with Robin Williams
It was a Friday morning and, oblivious to the world beyond, I was swimming 20 lengths in the nearby Olympic pool. I liked it there too.
Around this time, one of the construction workers unearthed a 5 lb unexploded cluster bomb from World War 2. Continue reading Boat Evacuation – Moored by a Bomb (in Hackney)