As a kid I loved comedy. Making people laugh was music as real as sitting at the piano, and I knew I wanted to do more with it. But comedy is really something you have to discover and learn for yourself. There are no ‘comedy lessons’, and you have to learn from the people you love who are doing it. Read more →
Sod chronology, and start with the most important first. Housemates is (to me at least), my best work ever. It strikes the right balance between being hilariously funny, and also tugging at the heartstrings, and more than once hitting on some of the philosophical points of modern-day London living. It also isn’t afraid to remove its tongue from its cheek and be dramatic (said with a Norma Desmond flair). Learn more →
Now that’s out of the way. I first began performing comedy on a radio show called Awkward Laughter which I wrote and presented with Oliver Howlett. It aired on University Radio York, and eventually several other stations too, including BURST, University of Bristol. Heavily inspired by the Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, we tried to be very, very funny. And occasionally were.
Later, I went solo on the optimistically titled Laughing Alone (on Goldsmiths’ student radio). Each week I’d have a guest I’d ‘interview’ them and play games and features. Learn more →
While working on our radio show, Oliver Howlett and I developed a short sitcom called Those Who Wait. While this show is a far cry from Housemates, they have similar origins. Oliver and I wrote and produced this as four shorts in 2012 for a Channel 4 BLAPs entry. Learn more →
In late 2017, I had a thought: If I had to write Those Who Wait now, what would it be? And Housemates was born.
Pushing Up Daisy
Pushing Up Daisy was one-off pilot I wrote centring around the idea of a guy in his 20s who fell in love with a 65 year old woman called Daisy (yah, you just got the title, didn’t you?).
Needless to say, it was a little vulgar, but (believe it or not) it set out to normalise odd couple relationships rather than satire (but am I really to blame if that happened a little along the way?). Pushing Up Daisy was responsible for the birth of Monty (now in Housemates). The vivacious, camera-yielding character that was (in this) determined to document the bizarre romance of Jacob and Daisy to share with the world.
Bunker was a sitcom pilot I wrote in 2016 set in a small street in the English countryside. When the eccentric residents of the Neighbourhood Watch Group club together to buy a nuclear fallout bunker, the rest of the street looks on skeptically. Then Bobby’s milk-float explodes, and chaos ensues.
A comedy, but also my most dramatic writing to date. HIVE is a future experiment where patrons are invited to live without money in a technologically controlled environment. The HIVE project is the brainchild of an economics professor who has reasoned (after yet another financial collapse) that our days as a capitalistic society are numbered.
The pilot episode centers around a team of computer programmers who have been secretly set the task of breaching HIVE’s security system and the resulting murder of one of them.
Psychopaths Anonymous is a group of self-identifying (and diagnosed) psychopaths who meet once a month to try and curtail their urges by acting upon them in a controlled environment. Sounds like it could work? Think again . . . This project is currently in development and may be a play, or musical play.