Tuesday, 24 December 2019

24 Things. Who’d’ve thought it?. Thing 24.


Merry Christmas!

Monday, 23 December 2019

24 Things... surely? Or will he fall at the final hurdle? Don't rule it out. Thing 23.


This was an attempt to use fewer lines. With, I would say, mixed results.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

24 Things, probably, but taking nothing for granted. Thing 22.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

24 Things, barring hilarious accidents. Thing 21.


After all those people and animals, here's a vegetable.

Friday, 20 December 2019

24 Things, though it would be quite funny to drop out now. Thing 20.


These are the practice sketches for yesterday's, but I think I like some of them better than the way it turned out. Especially the cheerful chap in the bottom right corner.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

24 Things are no longer out of the question. Thing 19.



Wednesday, 18 December 2019

24 Things, they do seem to keep coming, though. Thing 18.


Brrr.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

24 Things, though surely not. Thing 17.


Monday, 16 December 2019

24 Things still seem unlikely to me, but who knows. Thing 16.


Sure, you can't stop progress, and it's not as if the old way ever worked in any case, but... still, he kind of misses it.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

24 Things, a likely story. Thing 15


Saturday, 14 December 2019

24 Things, or so the legend goes. Probably nonsense. Thing 14.


Also drawn for the tour show. And also animated, though that was done by the excellent Chris Lincé, not by me.

And indeed not in Salford. Because in Salford, the computer that we run the show on froze at the start of the Kirates sketch, and Simon and I had to stick our heads round the back cloth and do it live. Whilst in the middle of changing into our red trousers...

Friday, 13 December 2019

24 things, or not, but maybe. Thing 13.



Apologies if this is baffling to non-Brits. But count yourselves lucky.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

24 Things - Half way point, or possibly way over half way point: Thing 12.

Oh no.
It's happened again. 



We've got Muppets.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

24 Things, plus standard disclaimer. Thing 11.

I've had a request for the Angela fish, so... here she is. Caution: not terribly Christmassy. 






Tuesday, 10 December 2019

24 Things: the in-itself-surprising 'Double Figures' post. Thing 10.


All these things can be clicked for bigger-er, by the way.

Monday, 9 December 2019

24 Things, more or less. Although definitely not more. Thing 9.

After Ken Anderson

Sunday, 8 December 2019

24 Things, or at least, definitely 8. Thing 8.


Saturday, 7 December 2019

24 Things, No Doubt About That, Oh No. Thing 7.



'...So, basically a tube?'

Friday, 6 December 2019

24 things, and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you. Thing 6.


This is from the tour show. It's the image we put up at the start of the sketch about the designer of the snake, to try to get across the idea of an animal design department. Tomorrow, I'll put up the image that replaces it when the head of the department says he has one or two questions about the new design...

Thursday, 5 December 2019

24 Things, Allegedly, But The Smart Money's On About Eight. Thing Five.

Vroom.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

24 Things Are Unreliably Promised: Thing 4


As a rule, the more intricate and over-worked the doodle, the worse the writing's going...

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

24 Things Or Fewer: Thing 3


I'm sure he's charming when you get to know him.

Monday, 2 December 2019

24 Things, Potentially, But History Suggests Otherwise. Thing 2.



Sunday, 1 December 2019

24 Things, Theoretically: Thing 1


Will this be the year I actually manage to sustain this? I wouldn't bet on it...

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Last Call for the Flying Visit

Ok, it's been a while, let's have one last plug.




We're down to the last EVER five shows of John Finnemore's Flying Visit!

We've had an absolutely fantastic time, so we might well do another tour in the future, but if so it won't be this show; so this is the last chance to find out what on earth we're about to do with those Sainsbury's bags and gardening gloves...

So, come along... TONIGHT, at the Leas Cliff Theatre, Folkestone. 

Or, on the 3rd November at Spa Grand Hall, Scarborough.
Or maybe the 4th November, at the Octagon, Sheffield (this one might sell out soon)
Or would you prefer the 5th November, at the Playhouse, Weston Super Mare.

Or, failing all those, our extra date on the 1st December, at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. 

Or why not go to all five? I mean, you'd have to be a lunatic, but apart from that, why not? 


Sunday, 27 October 2019

I also have an excellent idea for a round thing to go under cars.

Yesterday, I was messing around on a piano (at which I'm very bad indeed), trying to work out how to do the fingering on Susannah Pearse's and my version of Pachelbel's Canon. Eventually, after a lot of painstaking trial and error, I found that it seemed to help with the doobie doobies if I tried to always play D with my thumb. Indeed, so helpful was this little trick of mine that I thought I'd leave a note for myself on the top of the score, for next time I tried it. So, I went and found a pencil, and prepared to write down my important discovery. Just under the title. Which is... 'Canon in D'.

Ah. So THAT's what that means.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Millionaire Lifestyle



I have since been informed that a thing is not technically enrobed in chocolate if it is not entirely covered.  I'm glad I didn't know that when I wrote this. Because 'enrobed' is a funny word.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Quasimodo


Originally, I played Quasimodo and Simon played Victor. I don't know why it worked so much better this way round, but it really did.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Oh bother.

Thing that unexpectedly made me laugh out loud: Christopher (Robin) Milne's description of his father Alan (A.A.) Milne's clumsy table manners, from his memoir 'The Enchanted Places':

'It was generally agreed within the family that my father couldn't eat a pear without getting his elbows wet, and that after a honey sandwich he had to have a bath.'


A.A.Milne, for once triumphantly dry of elbow. Portrait by 'Spy' (Leslie Ward)



Monday, 23 September 2019

Slightly Off



I still don't know what the truth behind this sketch is, by the way. A little bit of research shows that some of the characters are vinyl decals, and some of them are indeed hand-painted. But I still don't know why they're slightly off (the decals, at least, you'd think would be accurate), or why they don't get shut down for copyright infringement, or why that ice-cream in a bowl with cherries all over it - which looks like it was drawn in maybe the 1950s - still pops up on, for instance, this van I saw the day before yesterday.


Bonus points for fadedness, and presence of Donald Duck's nephews, though minus one point because Stanley absent-mindedly included all three.