Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Punky! Radio Is Back!

Punky! Radio returns tonight after a fortnight's hiatus to celebrate seven years of constant podcasting. During those fourteen days I have performed at two different music festivals, run a miniature comedy festival, hosted an Olympic quiz, bought a guitar, left it in Oslo (on purpose), hit the breadline in two different countries and recovered from it in forty eight hours. Now I plan for my annual August jaunt to The Edinburgh Festival. acebook have updated my profile to the new "Timeline" and in the process they have removed my option to write "notes". This has left me with only really this blog in which to let people know what music we are playing on the show, so it may temporarily become the Internet "Voice" of Punky!

Anyway, here's my cohost Tony to tell you about this week's show...

"Our 7th birthday signals the start of a new era here at Punky Radio and we're back with great songs from Faintest Idea, The KDV Deviators, The Mexanines, Steve Lieberman The Gangsta Rabbi, Safety Orange, Thee Vicars, The Bones and Paul B. Edwards.

We have an email from Liam, phrase of the week, Tony has your Facebook comments, one way ticket to Fishtown, Tony's pest infestation, Paul talks about the festivals he performed at, we have bad news about Steve Lieberman, Air Out My Shorts, Tony's International Gig Guide, sad news about Thee Vicars, Paul talks about his week ahead, lastminutecomedy.com, Edinburgh, no Izzatwat this week, flying mice!, Motor museum, Oslo, Songs in the key of Death and thanks to the various stations that feature the show!

Song 1: Faintest Idea – 36 Barrels
Song 2: The KDV Deviators – Deviator Zone 86
Song 3: The Mexanines - Shimmer
Song 4: Steve Lieberman The Gangsta Rabbi – We’re All Derek Jeter
Song 5: Safety Orange – To Save A Man
Song 6: Thee Vicars – I’ll Do You Wrong
Song 7: The Bones – The Hooligan Bop
Song 8: Paul B. Edwards – Things In Tins

...He's a good lad but he's a bit obsessed with houses.

Download NOW! At any of the sites below!

Our site: http://www.punkyradio.com/
Our sponsor’s site: http://punkyradio.mevio.com/
Podbean: http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail?pid=20249

Thanks for your continuing support! Paulybx

I also knew that I would not get away with this without some sort of font issue. I'm afraid this blogging site really doesn't like you cutting and pasting.. Anyway, if you've never listened to the show before it's really easy to do, it's normally about fifty minutes long and it's usually quite a good laugh. I like it, anyway.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Punky! Radio waves goodbye to seven consecutive years - or does it?

Goopa! Goopa!

Well it's nearly the end of an era as Punky! waves goodbye after seven unbroken years of podcasting - but only for a fortnight! Here's Tony with the details of our "farewell" show...

"As we prepare for our 7th Birthday celebrations we bring you another great show with music from The Gashers, The Felines, Jaya The Cat, Hank Haint, The Dirty Panties, Full Tilt, The Tuesday Club and Vice Squad.
Quite an impressive Poetry Corner, vague vagina reference, Tony has your Facebook comments, Porn Clown, Tony talks about the moving house trauma, Air Out My Shorts, Tony's International Gig Guide, Rhythms Of The World, Guilfest, Paul talks about his week, Psychobilly Meeting, the bite!, no Izzatwat this week, Paul talks about his new album, Paul has a surprise for Tony, Tony talks about the internet stations we are on and don't forget we're back on the 31st July!

Song 1: The Gashers - Panic
Song 2: The Felines – Black Joe
Song 3: Jaya The Cat - Thessaloniki
Song 4: Hank Haint - Blackout
Song 5: The Dirty Panties - We
tSong 6: Full Tilt - I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
Song 7: The Tuesday Club – Dolly Dynamite
Song 8: Vice Squad - Firepower"

...He's a stalwart of the righteous, he really is...

Download NOW! At any of the sites below!

Our site: http://www.punkyradio.com/ Our sponsor’s site: http://punkyradio.mevio.com/ itunes:http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M...st?id=89605709  Podbean: http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail?pid=20249

Thanks for your continuing support! Paulybx

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Comedy and the recession

Dear all comedians currently hassling me for work because the recession has left a load of comedy clubs shut/reducing their money/taking a Summer break when they wouldn't normally,


I've made a point of not booking people just because they run gigs themselves and might return the favour and it's cost me a lot of shows down the years because some comedians who promote comedy just aren't good enough to play my Lastminutecomedy Clubs. This isn't showing off - I only have two acts each month performing extended sets and I can afford to be very choosy. It's left me without huge swathes of work myself that jobbing comics get routinely because entire circuits-within-circuits are closed to me because of my monthly weekender.

This also doesn't mean I think the aforementioned promoters are terrible performers. Many of them are good comperes but I MC ALL my own shows so I can't help them there either. The long and the short of it is that I've generally done great shows all year and am having a bit of a resurgence. I'm doing two shows at Edinburgh this year and am already at the point where I'm turning down work for the month up there as four shows a day is enough for anyone. I've just today got a new album out that will accompany the Edinburgh performances which I'm really pleased with.

Edinburgh work is generally for nothing, though. I' will probably do eighty shows while I am there, beginning as early as 1pm and finishing as late as twelve hours later. It's what happens after it that is becoming a worry. This recession has affected numbers at my own comedy clubs. Everyone is within their rights to decide to save themselves a bit of money by staying in when they would otherwise go out. Collectively this becomes a death knell for comedy clubs around the country because if fifty people think the same thing, the venue is massively down on numbers and can VERY quickly become insolvent. I'm still holding on to good crowds at my shows but my Hitchin show has dropped from around 200 per month to around 150, my Letchworth show from 120 to 90. People who used to come along every month now come along every other month. People who used to come along everyother month are now showing up four times per year and so on. We are still getting new people coming to the events all the time but this largely due to the brilliant support we have had from the local press - and who knows how long THEY will be around, either?

The net result is that the audience still has a good time, the comedians still get a decent wage, the printing place get their monthly (albeit small) fee, the email girl gets her twenty quid, the venue get their room hire, the sound men get their fee but crucially, I don't make enough money to be able to justify keeping the thing going long term. 

I suppose, what I'm trying to say is this:

If you are a comedian and you are a little low on work against usual, put yourself in other peoples shoes. A lot of us are struggling, regardless of what we do in life. You may well have an excellent fifteen minutes and have made it through to the quarter final of an excellent competition but it doesn't mean you have a divine right to get booked for my shows or anybody else's so please don't be offended when I delete your generic email.

If you are a promoter, have a look at the people you don't book and decide whether it is because they are not good enough to do your shows or whether the reason is personal/petty. It's well documented that I don't like a number of people but actually I've only ever not booked them because they weren't available. I will never stop getting absolutely the best line ups for my shows regardless of whether I am friends with the performers or not. I owe that to my audiences, who down the years have been the best thing about the whole gigs anyway. They've been extraordinarily good.

Lastly, if you are a comedy fan but you haven't been to your local comedy show in a while, get yourself down there as soon as you can. A full house is good news for everyone, not just the promoter. It's still a relatively cheap night out for you and your friends and you might just be doing your bit to keep your favourite comedy night going for another year. That's got to a good thing forall of us.