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Saturday, 31 December 2011
Friday, 30 December 2011
Hello, hope you had the merriest of Christmasses. If you are wondering where the twenty-forth thing I drew this month is, it will be here tomorrow. In the meantime, you might enjoy listening to the Radio Four Panto I wrote with my friend and ex double act partner Kevin Baker. It's on at 6.15 tonight, stars Sandi Toksvig and Andy Hamilton, and features loads and loads of other Radio Four names, from Kirsty Young to Nicholas Parsons. If you like Radio Four, I think you'll enjoy it. If you don't listen to Radio Four much, it will be largely incomprehensible.
Posted by John Finnemore at 2:58 pm
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Friday, 23 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Here, have a scribbly opera house.
Buildings are really dull to draw, it turns out. Glad I'm not an architect.
Monday, 19 December 2011
Saturday, 17 December 2011
There is actually a perfectly good explanation for why I have spent some of this evening making a paper model of a tube train driven by Queen Victoria, and carrying, among others, Isaac Newton, Morecambe and Wise, Henry VIII and Winnie the Pooh.
Hard though I accept that may be to believe.
Friday, 16 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
I've only drawn one line today; but in fairness it is quite a complicated line.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Monday, 12 December 2011
I was away at the weekend, so I took a sketchbook, and tried doing some quick, rough sketches of people unlucky enough to sit near me, before they either moved or noticed. Also, to encourage me to be fast and loose, I tried not rubbing anything out; with mixed results, as you'll see.
On the train up:
At the barber's:
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Yes, that last one was meant to be Stephen Fry, but it didn't quite come off. The mouth is all wrong. Similarly, this one is meant to be William Hague, and has also not quite come off. Caricature is hard. You see, this is why I normally make faces up - then you can't get them wrong.
Friday, 9 December 2011
|...but he's ever so good to his dear old Mum.|
Thursday, 8 December 2011
My scanner's not quite big enough for it, but you get the gist. Monsters. That's the gist.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Monday, 5 December 2011
Hello, sorry, I was at the Winter Festival in Hay on Wye yesterday; without my scanner or indeed my computer. So, here's yesterday's Thing, a quick caricature of someone I saw at the festival:
...And I'll put today's up later tonight, and we'll be on track again.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Friday, 2 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
It's of a man I sat opposite on the tube. I call it 'Man I Sat Opposite On The Tube'.
Monday, 21 November 2011
|I mean, just look at it. It's huge!|
Friday, 18 November 2011
Sorry for the pause - I will be back doing this more regularly soon. In the meantime, some quick Cabin Pressure / Own Trumpet Blowing news: I'm delighted to say that last night Cabin Pressure won the Writers' Guild award for Best Radio Comedy. Hooray!
Hooray also for the terrific Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong and Simon Blackwell, who won the TV comedy award for Peep Show; and Howard Read, who won Best Children's Programme with this piece of brilliance.
I celebrated by eating far too many tiny spicy fishcakes, and taking home ten of the golden envelopes the nominations came in, for reasons that are now obscure to me. Good times.
|I've told Douglas. He's over the moon.|
Friday, 4 November 2011
I did, just about, manage to resist the temptation to ask the waiter if they had anything chocolatey.
Posted by John Finnemore at 3:16 pm
Monday, 31 October 2011
Yet when I said the exact same thing in Tottenham three months ago, apparently THAT'S a criminal offence...
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
I have only just discovered that Blogger has a Spam folder, in which it filters out, but stores, the more obvious spam that is posted in the comments of these posts. However, reading through it, some of the comments there are so personal and human that they can't possibly be spam, and so I can only apologise for the error, and make amends by answering them here now.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
This is from a leaflet about the small Portugese town I am in today:
'The year in which Loule was founded is unsure. There are historians who attribute its foundation to the Carthaginians (404 BC), while others defend a more contemporary origin, accrediting responsibility to the Romans.'
Wow. Like most unbearably smug Englishmen, I have in my time scoffed at American or Australian 'historic buildings' from the 1920s. But the boot's on the other foot now. Round here, if your town only dates back to Roman times, it is disappointingly contemporary...
(The leaflet also tells me, to my inexpressible disappointment, that the town's Museum of Dried Fruit is not open on Sundays.)
Posted by John Finnemore at 11:40 am
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Posted by John Finnemore at 5:12 pm
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Oh, god. That's so hateful I very nearly didn't eat the biscuit.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
I am planning a trip away at the moment, but haven't decided where yet. On a whim, and with memories of Rex Harrison sticking a pin in a globe in 'Dr Doolittle', I thought I'd try a modern version: put my birth date and today's date into Google Earth as global co-ordinates, and go wherever in the world the virtual pin popped up:
Posted by John Finnemore at 11:47 pm
Monday, 19 September 2011
Right. This is it, then. The one thing I have always most wanted to do in comedy is write and perform my own radio sketch show, and… now I have. I really hope I haven’t messed it up. (To find out if I have, and if so how much, listen to Radio 4 at 7.15 on Sunday nights, or go here.) It was always specifically a radio sketch show I wanted to do - much as I loved TV comedy growing up, it was listening to things like On The Hour, People Like Us and Harry Hill’s Fruit Corner on the radio; and cassettes of things like I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, Hitchhiker’s Guide, and Pete and Dud, that really made me wish I could find a way to be allowed to do that when I grew up, as opposed to, say, a proper job. There’s something about the idea of a gang of people clustered round a microphone trying to make the audience and each other laugh that I particularly loved - in fact, we recorded this show round one central mike, rather than the usual method these days of having one each, more or less entirely (whatever I might have said to the cast at the time) so that I could pretend I was in The Goon Show.
Friday, 16 September 2011
So, I haven't posted here for ages, and now I'm here it's just to plug things and show off. This is not, I realise, the way to win friends and influence people. Sorry. Still, here goes.
Firstly. The reason I haven't been here this week is that I have been filming a pilot for a TV sitcom, which, if it gets made, will be incredibly exciting, at least for me. But what a big if that 'if' is. Also, I have fallen in love with two of the cast. This is pretty awkward, as you can imagine, but what can I say - the heart wants what it wants.
Secondly. My sketch show is about to start on Radio Four! It's called John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, it begins on Sunday at 19.15, and I really hope you like it. I will try to do a blog for each episode, the way I did for Cabin Pressure.
Speaking of which... thirdly, Cabin Pressure has been nominated for a Writer's Guild Award. Hooray.
And now, as a small reward for making it through all the self-promotion, here is a sign from the pub we filmed in on day two.
The five kisses / censorship of the five letter place you're not allowed to put a pet in is pretty good, but the exclamation mark before 'pet' is twisted genius. And don't tell me the author is a native Spanish speaker. It's not upside down, it's in the middle of the sentence, and there's none at the end.
Can you ?explain that XXXXX
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Look, I'm not saying that the organisation within the imposing central London building which has these lamps flanking its entranceway is definitely evil. All I'm saying is, they're clearly very relaxed indeed about giving that impression.
In case it's not clear from that picture, this is what's going on at the bottom:
Posted by John Finnemore at 12:00 am
Monday, 29 August 2011
But apparently not.
Posted by John Finnemore at 5:42 am
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Hooray, the venue have confirmed - there WILL be an extra try-out date for my sketch show: 5pm this Saturday (the 27th) at the Albany, Great Portland Street, W1W 5QU. (I know, matinee! Classy, huh?) Better still, I'm trying out a new way of taking bookings that doesn't involve massive booking fees: go
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Sorry for the silence - it's still unusually busy around here. For instance, this Saturday, there will be another informal try-out of new material for my sketch show. It will be earlier than usual, starting at 5pm, and it will almost certainly be at the Albany, unless I find out tomorrow (Thursday) that it will have to be somewhere else. Watch this space for confirmation, and instructions how to get tickets - the good news is it won't be through that place with the exorbitant booking charges.
In the meantime, here's something spotted by my friend Karl:
Posted by John Finnemore at 11:56 pm
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
My Radio 4 sketch show, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, is being recorded on the 16th August and the 6th September at Broadcasting House. The tickets for the first recording have gone now; the tickets for the second haven't been released yet, BUT free tickets for the try-out show this Saturday, 13th August, at the Albany are available here. Come along!
Ooh. Those went quickly. If I know you, and you would like to come to either of the recordings, please email me on my personal email. If I don't know you, but you came to two or more of the Albany try-outs, applied for tickets to the recordings, and didn't get them; email me on cabin pressure (all one word) at john finnemore (all one word) dot com, and I'll see what can be done. No promises...