Anyone who has been following this blog may have noticed that it hasn’t been updated in months.
There’s a reason for that.
I decided to take the plunge and migrate the site over to its own domain, over at http://www.jonnydean.uk
Further, I will be closing this page in the next few weeks. If you have stumbled upon this page and would like to continue reading my ramblings about life and the connection between current affairs and genre settings, then please, follow the new site.
Foxdog Studios manage the impossible. They take musical comedy, IT consultancy and PAT testing, and somehow slam them together into something astonishingly entertaining. From the ludicrously complex set-up (involving multiple computers, wireless networks and miles of trailing cables) to the impressively bizarre set-pieces, Foxdog Studios are an absolutely unique act. Continue reading
XS Malarkey is still one of Manchester’s greatest treasures. Despite numerous venue changes over the years, it still manages to retain its magical combination of low prices, great acts and great atmosphere, along with a longstanding commitment to giving newer acts a chance to share the stage with established performers. Continue reading
Laughing Cows Comedy has been promoting female stand-up acts across the country since 1998, and in that time has hosted a wide array of top-notch talents, including Jo Brand, Shappi Khorshandi, Isy Suttie and Jo Caulfield. Continue reading
September saw the début of a brand new monthly comedy night in Manchester. Based in the bar/theatre Gorilla (formerly known as the Green Room), their mission statement is to provide a weekend comedy night for people who actually want to listen to the acts. No stag and hen parties, no heckling and no talking over the acts allowed here – the evening’s organisers have nine years’ experience organising comedy events, and have a genuine love of comedy that goes far beyond the usual goal of getting punters to the bar, and this night is for people who love comedy as much as they do. Continue reading
Another day of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, and another highly entertaining performance – this time from up-and-coming female sketch double-act Norris and Parker. Continue reading
I’m going to get this out of the way first; I’m a gigantic fan of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, and was delighted when they appeared on the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival bill. This is perhaps the ninth time I’ve seen them, and part of me is still surprised when Kev F. Sutherland steps out from behind the tartan screen and takes a bow at the end. There is something about the hosiery double-acts’ clearly defined personalities that absolutely fools you into believing that they are two separate entities. Continue reading