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First Review

Alan’s first review of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Three and a half stars in Adelaide Now, a good solid review suggesting a better than average show. Alan is currently three nights into a thirteen night run at the festival and appears at the Piglet at the Gluttony venue every night except Mondays at 10.30pm. This week Alan can also be seen each night at 8.15pm in Laughing Horse’s Aaaaaaargh! Best of the UK show at the Austral Hotel.

You can read the review here: Adelaide Now


It’s Going to be Wizard in Oz

Alan has announced the dates he will be performing in Australia early next year. He will be performing his Edinburgh Fringe show, Careful What You Wish For, first at the Perth Fringe World festival in early February, and then at the Adelaide Fringe later that month. The details are as follows:

Perth Fringe World

Alan will be performing at the Leederville Hotel at 742 Newcastle Street in the heart of Perth’s bustling Leederville district, regarded as a centre of nightlife in the city. He will be performing the show for five nights on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th of February at 8.45pm. Tickets will cost A$16.

Adelaide Fringe

Alan will be performing at The Piglet performing space within the Gluttony venue in Rymill Park. This is close to the bustling Rundle Street, considered the heart of the Adelaide Fringe. The show will be performed from Feb 15th through to March 1st, every evening except Mondays at 10.30pm. Tickets range in price from A$5 (first night promotional deal) through to A$18.

This will be Alan’s first time performing in Australia, and the first time Careful What You Wish For has been performed outside the UK. He is in talks to have other performing opportunities while in the country, and more details will be posted soon.


Alan in the Black Chair

Alan has filmed an episode in the forthcoming 2012/13 season of the UK’s most prestigious quiz programme, Mastermind.

The show was filmed at the BBC Media City in Salford on July 24th, and Alan’s specialist subject was mountaineering on Everest. This was chosen as he is a keen mountaineer with a lifelong fascination for the mountain and has climbed in the region on a number of occasions.

Adhering to the rules, Alan will not be informing anybody of whether he won or lost before the show is broadcast, but has stated that he reached “a very respectable score”. The date of broadcast has not yet been fixed, but the series begins it’s run in mid-August.

Update: The show was broadcast on 5th October. For the next seven days it is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01n1z1x/


Festivals Galore

The summer festival season is nearly upon us and you can catch Alan in a number of locations around the UK over the next couple of months.

Beginning in June, Alan will be appearing at the Download Festival comedy tent. The country’s premier Heavy Metal rock festival, Download is held annually at the Castle Donington race circuit near East Midlands airport. This year’s event runs from June 8th to 10th and features headline acts The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath. The comedy tent runs in the camp site for two days prior to the festival, to entertain those who like to arrive early and camp out, and is always popular with festival goers. Organized by Funhouse Comedy, Alan will be appearing on the Wednesday night, June 6th.

In July, Alan has been invited to perform at the Jersey Comedy Festival. Held in St Helier, the capital of the largest of the Channel Islands, Alan is one of twelve acts invited to perform at the Gala event, as well as a number of smaller events over the course of the weekend. Other acts include such well known names as Tony Law, James Dowdeswell and Kate Smurthwaite. The festival takes place over the weekend of July 13th and 14th.

Finally towards the end of the month Alan will appear in the comedy tent for the Kendal Calling festival in the picturesque Lake District. Voted the UK’s best small music festival for the last two years running, Kendal Calling runs over three days and is headlined this year by Dizzee Rascal, James and Maximo Park. Alan will appear in the comedy tent on Friday July 27th and Sunday July 29th.


Announcing the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show

Alan will be returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 with his third full length show, titled Careful What You Wish For.

Alan is returning to the same venue and time slot as last year, the Banshee Labyrinth, in the Cinema Room at 9.45pm each evening from Saturday August 4th until Saturday August 25th. The show deals with life’s twists and turns and how it often doesn’t go the way you planned. It deals with a life-changing incident ten years ago which transformed him from a corporate suit into the rather less straight-laced individual of today.

The show will be previewed in other venues around the country in advance of the Fringe, and hopefully toured around other festivals afterwards, including a tentative plan to take it to Australia and New Zealand in early 2013.


Talking Sh*t

Alan has been chosen as one of the finalists for the Golden Poo Awards on November 8th. The competition, set up in part to raise awareness of global sanitation issues, will be held at the Bedford Pub in Balham, South London and is hosted by the legendary Arthur Smith. Ten comics from across the country have been selected to perform a scatologically related routine in an attempt to proclaim themselves the king of toilet humour. Tickets are available from the website.


Alan is the seventh funniest!

Dave Television published their annual list of the ten funniest jokes at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe yesterday, and one of the jokes from Alan’s show Hate It With Me was listed in the number seven spot, on a list that included jokes from some of comedy’s biggest names, including Sarah Millican, Tim Vine, Andrew Lawrence and Mark Watson. Top spot on the list went to Nick Helm.

The joke in question, slightly misworded in Dave’s version, when performed by Alan is “I used to be in a band. We called ourselves Prevention because we wanted people to say we were better than The Cure.”

Says Alan, “I was quite surprised, but pleasantly so, to see myself on the list with such great names. It’s always been my favourite joke in my set. The downside is that it is appearing in all the papers now, so after the Fringe is over I’ll probably have to retire it as everyone will have heard it. Nonetheless, after finding out, it put a spring in my step for the rest of the day.”