I'm taking a moment to look back on 2012, as it coasts gently to a close, with the promise of another exciting new year ahead. I've loved 2012 for all the opportunities it's given me to work with fantastic people and be proud of my fabulous stand up comedy course graduates...
Paul McCaffrey's (left) star continued rise in 2012. He started with debut television appearances on "Russell Howard's Good News Extra" and "Comedy Central at the Comedy Store." By the end of the year he was having a right laugh appearing on television every week as one of BBC 3's "Impractical Jokers."
Romesh Ranganathan's (left) star also continued to rise with debut television appearances on "Comedy Central at the Comedy Store," while writing for "Stand Up for the Week" and "Mock the Week." He made his Brighton Comedy Festival Opening Gala debut with old hands Seann Walsh and Simon Evans. It's fair to say that watching a talented trio of my comedy course graduates storm the show in front of 2,000 people at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall was one of my 2012 highlights.
I loved being involved with the Brighton Comedy Festival this year and working with the fabulous Heather Ruck. I worked with some great new people in 2012. Teaching stand up comedy workshops in London and Brighton for Nicola Green and Lianne Coop for the BBC New Comedy Awards. Taster comedy workshops as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe Professional Development Programme. And I felt honoured to be a comedy industry panellist for Systke Kamstra at the Comedy International Conference and Steve Bennett at the Chortle Conference in 2012.
Graduate and BBC New Comedy Award Winner 2011 Angela Barnes also made her television debut proper in 2012 on "Russell Howard's Good News Extra."
Francesca Martinez (right) was the last of my comedy course graduates to appear on "Russell Howards Good News Extra" in 2012. One of my highlights this year was catching-up with the wonderful Francesca and her fantastic show, "What the F***k is Normal?"
Another highlight was Aidan Goatley's (left) terrific solo show "10 Films with my Dad," which earned 4 and 5 star reviews and sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
I did my little dance of joy when six of my newest comedy course graduates got through to the "So You Think You're Funny" semi-finals at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Four of them found agents, including Ingrid Dahle who made it into the Final, gaining an ace Chortle review. She went on to win Brighton Comedy Festival's "Squawker Award" and stormed their closing show "Best of the Fest" at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall.
"London is Funny" managed to snag a top, candid and interesting interview with stellar stand-up comedy course graduate, Brighton's own Seann Walsh. Click on link below to read interview:
And "Comic Boom" at Komedia, Brighton bagged a review from Latest 7 that's my favourite Boom review to date. Click on link to read review: http://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/2012/09/28/comic-boom-3/
2013 is promising to be another exciting year with top comedy course graduates Hal Cruttenden (left) and Simon Evans (right) appearing in the same "Live at the Apollo" on Jan' 4th. I love it when that happens!
And our rising star Sam Savage "Funny's Funny Female Comedian of the Year" 2012 Winner appearing in the "New Act of the Year" Final at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Jan' 27th. Roll on 2013...>