I am delighted to be able to announce that BBC Radio 4 have commissioned a whole series of my sitcom, Ability.
For those of you who didn't hear the pilot episode which was broadcast on Radio 4 earlier this year (and is still available to listen to for the next few days on the BBC iPlayer), Ability is about a disabled guy who can be a bit of a dick at times. So, obviously it's totally fictional and not based on myself at all! It follows the life of Matt (who uses a communication device to speak with....again purely coincidental!). He has recently moved out of home to live with his best mate, Jess, and also has a very dodgy carer called Bob, who visits him every day. What possibly could go wrong?!
I was really pleased with how well the pilot episode of Ability was received by everyone who listened to it. It was a pleasure to work on because of a great writing and production team as well as an amazing cast, and I loved getting so much good feedback about it.
If you had told me when I started doing comedy back in February 2012 that I would ever have a series of my own on Radio 4, I think I would have laughed in your face. I've listened to so much great comedy on Radio 4 over the years and it's where some of my idols, such as the League Of Gentlemen, first got their break. So to be following in the footsteps of people like that is an amazing feeling.
To be honest, I only tried doing stand up comedy as a bit of a laugh. I was just curious to see what happened. I didn't even know if it would work or if I was funny enough! And, let's face it, it was a pretty weird career choice for someone who can't even talk....
Thankfully, I listened to my mate who said I should give it a go, and eventually I won the BBC New Comedy Award (and I'd encourage any budding comedian to enter the competition this year). It was at that moment when I finally realised that maybe I could make a career out of making people laugh after all. Although, it isn't a proper job....it's too much fun to feel like hard work.
Fast forward a few years later and here I am with my own sitcom on Radio 4! I'm so proud of what I've achieved during my time doing comedy and this is my biggest moment yet. I still can't believe that it is happening actually. I'm smiling the biggest smile even as I type this.
I'm so excited to start working on the series of Ability properly. We had so many good ideas that we just couldn't fit into the pilot episode and I'm really looking forward to developing the characters a lot more.
Thanks to everyone who has worked on Ability so far, I've been lucky to work with some very talented people, and thanks to the BBC for having faith in me.
I really am living the dream.....and loving every minute of it!