Well, 2013 was a bit of a roller coaster wasn’t it!? From writing and performing my first solo show, getting nominated for an award, going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ending up in hospital for three weeks, receiving a free iPad from Apple….the list goes on and on!
Obviously writing an hour long show was a great experience for me, it was the first time I’ve ever done that, so it was really nice for it to get nominated for the ‘best new show’ award at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Hopefully I can build on that in the future.
It was also an amazing experience to be able to perform the show at The Stand during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, The Stand is the best comedy club in the country. So it was a delight to be able to perform there during August. In fact, the Fringe was an incredible experience altogether. From performing a duet with The Boy With Tape On His Face in front of 1,500 people, to appearing on Richard Herring’s podcast, to gaining celebrity fans in the form of Greg Proops and Sean Hughes, and getting to perform with two of my best friends, Emily Wood and Nathan Wood. The whole thing just blew me away! Thanks to The Stand, The Boy With Tape On His Face, Della and David, Nathan and Emily and everyone else who helped make it happen!
Of course, it didn’t all go to plan! My life never does! I didn’t mean to fall ill and have to cut my Edinburgh run short and spend three weeks in hospital with pneumonia. That’s what happened though. On the bright side, at least I now know how to spell pneumonia. I would like to thank my family and the staff at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for helping me get better, especially my mam who came in and stayed with me every day. I would have gone insane otherwise (and believe me, I nearly did!).
Other highlights of my year include performing alongside a comedy robot at Glee in Birmingham. That was both very interesting and very surreal! My open spot at Glee in Oxford also deserves a mention. It’s probably one of my best ten minutes of comedy that I have done so far.
I also appeared on BBC Click, help write a book for charity, dressed up as Lost Voice Girl for Comic Relief, featured in a video for Find A Voice and gigged all over the place from Aberdeen to Cornwall. Not a bad year really!
I would like to thank Apple for my shiny new iPad. Needless to say, it has got plenty of use (I watch porn on it every day).
Everyone at The Stand in Newcastle deserves a mention as well. You make it a joy to gig there, keep up the great work!
And, of course, thank you to everyone who has supported me, came to a gig, bought a DVD (available now for £10!) or a t-shirt (also available now!), got me over my illness in August, and just made it a pleasure to perform in general. It’s much appreciated.
Have a good 2014!