Friday 7 June 2024

Buxton Fringe Shows Confirmed

This year, both Annie and I are going big time in Buxton with no less than 7 performances across July. Tickets available here. I've also got Social Calendar Girl coming to The Bay Fringe (Carnforth), Morecambe Fringe and Santiago's in Leeds the same month. The show title is about right!

Monday 22 April 2024

Bring Me To Queers - The Podcast

It's competition season and, between all the bingo, comedy shows, and festival show rehearsals, I have landed myself in the finals of both Mamma's Drag Battle at Viaduct in Leeds and Drag Idol at The Village Inn, Birmingham. More on that soon. But for now, I'd like to let you know that the fabulous Aunty Ginger and I have spawned a podcast for our Canal Street comedy night, Bring Me To Queers. 

Give it a listen here and let me know what you think!

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Competition Time

It’s competition season and I’m getting my quackers in a row for Drag Idol and, tomorrow, Purple Reign. There’s no necessity to do these things, I’m booked solidly every weekend all the way to August before heading off to Edinburgh Fringe with three shows, but competitions help sharpen up your performance on new audiences. 

Case in point is Purple Reign at G-A-Y on Canal Street. A venue full of Gen Z clubbers and not my usual pick n’ mix of club 18 to 80 at Absolutely Dabulous, Bop & Bingo and comedy nights. A queen needs flexibility, and not just to do the splits.

Competitions also do wonders for seeing what other performers are up to and making connections. I know all the other competitors tomorrow, which will make for a bit of a reunion. It’ll be interesting to see how their acts have developed since I saw them last and to have a proper catch-up.

Applications then open for Drag Idol in a few days and I’ve got my venues selected. Though not entirely by first choice preference. Many seem to have decided that the ideal day for a competition is Friday night. A decision that means no-one of any experience will be in the running as - like me - they’ll already be booked elsewhere for actual cash. From a manager’s point of view, Drag Idol may look like a cheap way to entertain their weekend crowd but it comes with the catch that the acts need to be halfway entertaining to do that and in a competition there’s no guarantee of that.

So I’ll be off to Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham this time around. Manchester is left out in the cold for, in one case, the above reason and, in the other, experience telling me they’ll never put a comedy queen through. Sheffield, I so wanted to perform for you given all the events I do there but you put your heats on a Friday and committed to getting knocked out in the semi-finals.

Outside of the competitions, Absolutely Dabulous has gained two more regular venues in Cheadle and Nottingham alongside its homes-from-home in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Marple Bridge and Denton. A few more are in progress with a couple of testers planned and, of course, an avalanche of Bop & Bingos. Other people’s comedy shows everywhere from Southport to Rhyl fill in the gaps and my own Three Puns at the Three Tuns is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in Sheffield. Not forgetting my ace co-pro in Manchester and Liverpool with Aunty Ginger, Bring Me To Queers.

So now it's time to get the short sets sorted for the comps, work out what to wear, and have the recurring dream where I'm about to perform and realise I'm not wearing any underwear.

Tuesday 2 January 2024

Happy New Year

Oh my gosh it's lovely to see you 2024. I hope all of you out there had a fab Christmas and New Year's Eve and got everything you wished for. After a run of five shows between December 27th and the 31st I'm taking off just a couple of days before heading down to London to see friends and family, as well as closing the show at The Freedom Fridge in Kentish Town whilst I'm down there. Always busy.

This year things are already looking pretty nifty with all sorts of events planned. I'm co-hosting fabulous new comedy night, Bring Me To Queers, with Auntie Ginger at both Bar Pop in Manchester and Funnyboyz in Liverpool. I'm also overseeing things at The Three Puns at The Three Tuns in Sheffield every-other Wednesday. And I'm also back from Feb onwards every Sunday at The Bull's Head in Sale with more disco and games. Add to that plenty of Absolutely Dabulous Bingo's, Bop & Bingo's, party nights and - of course - a brand new pair of festival shows it's all go go go!

If you'd like me to come and see you this year do drop me a line and I'll see if I can make it to wherever you are. At the end of the day, I can only do this because you want me to and I love each and every fan, follower or friend who helps me do this!

Tuesday 21 November 2023

Saturday 4 November 2023

What's on in November

Comedy festivals, a return to Canal Street to compete against people half my age, a new weekly pub quiz and bingo (of course.) I'm now booking for comedy, cabaret, bingo and everything inbetween for 2024 so drop me a message if you'd like some!

Buxton Fringe Shows Confirmed

This year, both Annie and I are going big time in Buxton with no less than 7 performances across July. Tickets available here . I've als...