Thank you for all your urgings for me to return (or not return) to standup. At the moment the plan is that I will be mc-ing part of one of Robin Ince’s Atheist Christmas nights at the Bloomsbury theatre on the 18th of December and I should also be putting together three of four nights, downstairs at the Soho theatre in January, again where I will be compering between acts that I have chosen. I don’t know if I’ll do anything before then. I keep going to comedy clubs with all my bits of paper in my pocket with bits of material scribbled on them thinking I might perform but as soon as I get into the club I think “sod this there’s no way I’m getting up there.” I am often reminded of a line William Goldman the Hollywood screenwriter says is ascribed to him but he thinks in fact is apochryphal since he can’t remember saying it. Anyway according to legend Goldman is in a script meeting being lectured at by some young executive when he stands and says “I’m too old and too rich for this shit” then walks out. I sometimes mention that line to audiences when I’m doing bookreading and they’re never very sympathetic.
In the meantime I have been going round a few comedy clubs to get a feel of what the scene is like these days, if anybody’s got any recommendations for acts they think are good I’d be keen to know. The one thing I don’t find very interesting is all the bland observational stuff that’s out there, “young men in T shirts noticing things” as Tony Laws one of the acts I saw and liked in Edinburgh put it.
Since you ask Mr Semple, there is a sequel to "Stalin..." planned all being well it should be published in Spring 2013. The title I have at the moment though I may change it is "The Way We Was" It starts round about the time when the film "The Way We Were" came out. For those of you that don't remember this was a movie that starred the two biggest stars of the era Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford and it was all about how great Communists were.
Hi Mike, if you want a copy of "Didn't you Kill My Brother..." going by Rachel's post there's a copy of the picture 12inch nailed to the wall of a bar in Montmartre. Otherwise its on the Panic album I think.