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How to write a successful Edinburgh Fringe comedy show...

Expanding a good 20-minute stage act where you meander from one anecdote to another via cleverly obscuring the fact that none of the bits really fit together but you have 'seamlessly' Sellotaped over the gaps with clever links... That doesn't work in a 55-ish minute show at the Edinburgh Fringe (or anywhere else).

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 23rd February 2020

Interview: Njambi McGrath on her autobiography

I had a chat with comedy performer Njambi McGrath at the Museum of Comedy in London. Her autobiographical memoir Through the Leopard's Gaze is published today in print and as an audio book.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 30th January 2020

RIP: Nicholas Parsons and other gentle men

I was at a crematorium in Hampshire today. For a celebration of the life of my cousin's husband, Michael. He was that seemingly rare thing: a kind, decent and gentle man. My cousin chose well marrying him. When I left, within less than a minute of me switching on my phone again, there was a BBC newsflash that Nicholas Parsons had died, aged. 96. And it started to rain. Truly.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 28th January 2020

Martin Besserman on Greta Thunberg, drugs, dead animals

Martin Besserman runs the long-established Monkey Business club in London. He has decided to give profits from four of his shows to a charity...

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 8th January 2020

Scott Capurro on comics who lie & a PM's hot handshake

29 days ago - yes, 29 days ago - I chatted to American comedian Scott Capurro in London, after one of the Museum of Comedy's Monday Club 'new material' nights. Then I got busy and/or distracted and/or just plain lazy. I have no excuse. But here it is, 29 days later...

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 31st December 2019

The David Jason of Romania, on comedy & the revolution

Drago┼č Mo┼čtenescu first appeared in this blog back in 2017 and in 2018. When I try to explain who Dragos is, I tend to say he is the Romanian equivalent of UK TV star David Jason with a touch of Elton John. In other words, he is indescribable - in a good sense! We are talking an international level of top entertainer here. On Sunday (15th December) he is performing his full-length stage show All Aboard for Christmas! in London, so we met up at the Soho Theatre Bar for a chat. Towards the end, we got interrupted by another performer...

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 10th December 2019

Nathan Lang interview

"For better or worse, I'm back in the UK. Yes I managed to have a baby in Perth [Australia] and survive the existential breakdown that comes with living in the most isolated city in the world and now I'm back."

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 2nd December 2019

Ria Lina: Comedy Unleashed, non-PC crowds & the Fringe

Comedian Ria Lina has been about a bit. Her German father was an oil painter; her Filipino mother trained as a physicist then moved into computer programming in the 1960s. Ria was born in England.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 28th November 2019