"He was pushing some mysterious envelope and he made the public an accomplice," says John Cooper Clarke of Chris Sievey, the restless genius responsible for Timperley's Frank Sidebottom. This is the extraordinary and moving story of the late outsider artist inside the papier-mache head, featuring contributions from collaborators such as Jon Ronson and Mark Radcliffe. As the latter observes, Sievey's antics were somehow extremely silly and extremely clever at the same time.Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 21st June 2019
The Frank Sidebottom documentary Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, will be released in UK cinemas later this year after its world premiere at next month's South By Southwest Film Festival in Texas, Chortle can reveal.Chortle, 9th February 2018
It's taken until series 49 for author and film-maker Jon Ronson to make his debut as a HIGNFY panellist, a belated opportunity for the soft-spoken documentarian to witness the satirical-surreal power struggle between captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton up close. With any luck, some poor soul will have been recently crucified in the court of public opinion after a social media blunder, allowing Ronson to share some of the wisdom he acquired while researching his latest bestseller, So You've Been Publicly Shamed.Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 22nd May 2015
Jon Ronson on public shaming, dongle jokes and celebrity lookalike dogs.Michael Curle, Time Out, 13th March 2015
Jon Ronson is a busy man, this Cardiff-born, New York-based writer, film-maker and broadcaster clearly juggling lots of big deadlines. But he was nothing less than charming and entertaining when we caught up via a web link from NYC this week, telling me about his seven-date A Frank Talk tour, his surreal brush with pop fame, and much more.Write Wyatt UK, 14th July 2014
With no agenda, no theme and a trickle of booze, this blank-canvas chat show aims to re-create the informal intimacy of a pub conversation, and it works really well.
Alan gives his guests plenty of room to waffle, and Noel Fielding is excellent value as usual; particularly with the story about how he disappeared on tour, and was found the following day working in a vintage boutique in Brighton.Gary Rose, Radio Times, 16th June 2014
There's the obvious danger that Alan Davies's new show could quickly descend into a swaggering knob-measuring contest, featuring as it does four celebrities talking about whatever they want to around a big table in front of a studio audience, until an appropriate show title presents itself. And indeed, the anecdotes come thick and fast in this first instalment, from Noel Fielding, Kerry Godliman, Andrew Maxwell and Jon Ronson. However, it's actually rather charming, Ronson's mistaken identity story in particular.Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 16th June 2014