Friday, 19 June 2015

Frank Skinner at The Monkhouse - June 19 1989

A very special night at The Monkhouse Comedy Club in Leicester, in June 1989 when Frank Skinner came to town, and brought all his mates with him.

The Great Stan and The Nice People were fellow comedians at a comedy club that Frank was running in Tamworth in Staffs, so they came over as a job lot. Quite how good they all were I can't report as, tragically, I had a really bad gig and went off in a sulk. I'm sure my fellow Leicester regulars Norman The Skiver, Alan Seaman and Cathi Rae, had a better night.

The Monkhouse was run and co-compered by Alan Seaman and myself, monthly from 1987 - 89, upstairs at The Magazine pub on Newarke Street in Leicester (don't look for it, it's not there any more) and featured appearances by a number of acts who went on to great things. And all at 2 quid a ticket.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Tiger-Hawke - 4th June 1977

Tiger-Hawke was a comic strip I drew sporadically, but never finished, in my teens. Sadly I seem to have parted with all the original artwork at the time, and had no way of copying or printing it, so this would be all that survives. The story I refer to in this entry, Albergo Trento, was an adventure set on the school trip to Italy we'd gone on the previous year. I cannot imagine what it looked or read like, but I can be pretty sure it fizzled out after half a dozen pages. This is a tradition I have continued for the subsequent four decades. See this page on Peoples History Of Pop.

The Records For The Day were I've Been Saved by Elkie Brooks (which hasn't been, in my memory at least) and Me And The Elephant by Gene Cotton which, maybe appropriately, I still remember.