Week 16: Comedy and Radio

I suppose that’s four months. That’s a long time. Have I done enough?

Anyway – here’s what happened this week:

  • Second column went live on the BBC Comedy blog. What with Christmas coming up, I wrote about shopping this week.
  • I’ve also just written up and submitted an interview with the extraordinary space-mad comedian Helen Keen for WIRED. Should go in the March issue, out in Feb.
  • Today Roo and I have been invited to do a live Shift Run Stop broadcast as part of the new “Radio Roundabout” project. The Christmas special will go out from the Really Interesting Group offices in Shoreditch, where I sometimes work. Listen to the first everĀ Radio Roundabout online from 3pm!
  • Our latest SRS episode went up this week and is, I think, one of my faves – just totally what the show’s all about. We’re in the top 12 on iTunes for video podcasts and around the top 100 every time I look, now. I wonder if we’ll ever be able to stop?
  • I’ve been thinking and talking to people a lot about issue 2 of the newspaper. The deadline is going to have to be mid-Feb, which when you consider Christmas, is not, in fact, very far away.

What have I, like, noticed?

1. One interesting thing I’ve noticed is that people are sometimes confused about the fact it’s only me, putting this paper together. There’s been a lot of “the guys who make Hackers!”, “I’ll call in on you guys”, “Where’s the Hackers! offices?” Which will all happen one day, but for now, it’s just me. Well, me and the people I ask to write things. But make no mistake – my idea, my straplines, my responsibility, my baby… and my fault.

2. On that, I’d like the next paper to generate some money. I’m interested in ads and sponsors, because I’m interested in paying these writers – many of whom have been doing stuff for free for me for years and years.

3. For me at least, comedy writing utterly depends on a good mood. It’s been hard at times this week to get on with it, so I haven’t. Because I honestly think, when it’s forced, there’s no point. With jokes, it is never better to put ‘just anything’ down for the sake of having something. Something is not better than nothing, if it’s not funny. There are comedy writers who don’t even seem to find their own stuff particularly funny! I think: how dare you? Seriously, how dare you?? When you imagine your audience, pitch to the people you think are the smartest and fastest people, and you’ll be pitching your best stuff.

4. Never assume you’re a priority to anyone else. I’m waiting for two extremely important letters this week, one of which could have come by last Friday. On the other hand, I cancelled two fun/important things yesterday because the trains were bad. We’re all as bad as each other. Life gets in the way.

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