The Bath Plug 2018: Rachel Parris

It's that time of year again! Previous winners: TERRY JONES, PETER RICHARDSON, BARRY CRYER Now read on, dot dot dot... With the precedent set by Jones, Richardson and Cryer, it may well be that anyone who knows about the Bath Plug Award, which I created, and which it is my duty to dole out every…

THE FROOD ABIDES: H2G2 at 40

40 years ago today... I was entering my third trimester in my Mum's womb, and she certainly wasn't tuned in to Radio 4. But yes, Hitchhiker debuted, three days off Douglas Adams' 26th birthday – and tonight, it's back. 4 years ago today... well, not today, but 4 years ago... THE FROOD, Douglas Adams' official…

Rik at 60: Duh-Eh-Ah-Duh

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY, would have been nice to say, RIK MAYALL! When Rik's final jog spoiled everything back in 2014, I wrote a blog all too soon, and was honoured to also provide a short Flashheart-themed obit for the BBC, but today seems an auspicious occasion to muse a bit more about missing The Late…

Bath Plug Award 2017: BAZ!

Well, another Bath Comedy Festival tucks itself up in bed, and levity flies from the city once again for another year. This was a particularly light year for me, as my usual multiple duties mainly boiled down to just performing at Moles club on Sunday 9th, for this year's FUNNY NOISES: MY LOVELY HORSE! True, a…

SOUPY TWISTS! First Bit

Dear Madam, or Sir – This is to introduce, in a needlessly twee way, the officially authorised book SOUPY TWISTS – the fourth work of comedy history by Jem Roberts, and the first ever print celebration of the tickling, maddening, frothing and frankly filthy comedy of STEPHEN FRY & HUGH LAURIE, to officially mark the forthcoming…

THE FROOD: FIT THE FINAL?

This month The Frood is excitingly relaunched in paperback form – which, after all, was always the natural format for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, from its first release. This is a completely updated, fine-tuned edition, which will hopefully spread Douglas Adams' incredible, improbable, never-holistically-told-before story further than ever, and see this Hitchhiker celebration…

BATH COMEDY FESTIVAL 2015

The Bath Comedy Festival originally took me by surprise, when it kicked off several years ago. For a while, I felt like I was the only person in the city running any kind of local comedy scene, with The Unrelated Family sketch shows (there was Mirth Control, but this tended to be very catholic stand-up…

THE FROOD: Fit The Fifth

THE FROOD – Fit The Fifth First things first – come along to a very special BFI DOUGLAS ADAMS & HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE RETROSPECTIVE on Sunday 14th December! There shall be rare material and cosplay and Trillian and GargleBlasters and fun! More details follow... One of these froods is hoopier than the other – me and the…