April 24, 2009

Brighton Festival!!!

Can Marc Hogan, a man who’s never performed stand-up comedy before in his life have a successful show at the Edinburgh Festival – all to win a £1 bet?

Well this is it!!!

I have my first hour show Saturday May 2nd at the Brighton Festival Fringe!!!

Why am I doing this I must be insane!!!

Well no time to waste I got to be funny!!!

You can book tickets here (It’s even 2 for 1 tickets).

http://www.brightonfestivalfringe.org.uk/ticketing/listing.aspx?ev=841&et=7&ed=3874

See you there!

If you would like to find out more about Marc, or to book him for a speaking event please visit www.marchoganlive.com

April 21, 2009

Robin Ince said…

Can Marc Hogan, a man who’s never performed stand-up comedy before in his life have a successful show at the Edinburgh Festival – all to win a £1 bet?

Very exciting day. I got my photos for Edinburgh done, except it’s not very exciting – I hate having my photo taken. It’s not that I think I’m ugly but with my long neck and googly eyes some people think I look like this guy….

I personally think it’s a little cruel. I quite like the idea of looking like a Star Wars character, but why did it have to be the most rubbish Star Wars character ever (even worse than Wicket!)?

Anyway, as I was returning from my photo shoot I spotted Robin Ince on the train. Robin is a really respected and funny comedian / writer. I’ve seen him a number of times and he’s always brilliant and his “Utter Shambles” podcasts for Paramount Comedy are really cool.

For those of you who never leave your house, he’s worked with Ricky Gervais, opening for Ricky’s Fame and Politics tours, appeared in The Office, wrote for E4’s Skins, and loads more, basically he’s a comedy God (except he’s an atheist and doesn’t’ believe in God).

So I see Robin reading his paper, and I think “I know him that’s Robin Ince, he’s brilliant”. But the voice in my head asks, “Are you sure, perhaps it’s a man who just looks uncannily like Robin Ince?”

So I then spend 5 minutes arguing with myself that it is, really Robin Ince.

After taking a deep breath I walk over and say, “I really love your stand up” (I know, I know, I hadn’t felt this nervous since asking Rebecca Jones out at school).

He immediately thanked me and we started chatting, well I say that, I just started jabbering on about my bet… (And unlike Rebecca Jones, he didn’t run away!)

Once he realized I wasn’t dangerous, he started telling me about how people can go a little crazy at Edinburgh, and I told him that it would be ok, Kirsty (my wife) would keep me on the straight and narrow.

He looked at me as if I was insane, “don’t bring your wife she’ll divorce you after a month!”

This is cool; I’m getting marriage advice from Robin Ince!!!

It was a really great experience to meet him. Sometimes when you meet someone you admire they can be a little bit of a letdown in real life, but he was really cool and funny…

So when I got home I promptly woke Kirsty up.

“You can’t come to Edinburgh.”

“Why not?”

“Robin Ince said!”

“Who’s Robin Ince?”

“You know who he is, he works with Ricky Gervais…”

 P.S.

I emailed Mark Thomas, about yesterdays blog. He wished me good luck in Edinburgh and thought my blog was “Nice”!

April 19, 2009

Writing for Mark Thomas!

 Can Marc Hogan, a man who’s never performed stand-up comedy before in his life have a successful show at the Edinburgh Festival – all to win a £1 bet?

As I try and scale the walls of comedy  glory , I’ve spent alot of time going to comedy gigs. Six weeks ago I went to see the political comedian Mark Thomas’ new show in Hemel Hempstead called “The Manifesto”.  Basically at the end of the first half of the show the audience are invited to write down an idea for a Manifesto Pledge that Mark can campaign on.  He then pulls them out during the second half to let people vote…

In a snowy Hemel Hempstead, out of an audience of 100 it came down to two ideas.  One of which was mine.

“Prince Philip should never ever, ever be allowed to meet Barack Obama.” (I think it’s fairly obvious why)

So far so chuffed.  Then a friend called me yesterday to say that Mark Thomas had actually actioned my idea in his manifesto pledge (Obviously this was before the President had met Prince Philip)!  What’s more he even called it one of his favourite pledges during an interview with Clive Anderson on the Radio 4 show, “Loose Ends” this week Apr 18th.

You can listen to an excerpt to the show and how Mark tried to action my idea here – brilliant! (Its always gratifying when “the Palace” go nuts!)

But it gets better – there was even a demonstration before the G20 meeting  to Stop Prince Philip meeting Obama (I so wish I had been there) you can read  all about it here.

Prince Philip Demo Poster

Prince Philip Demo Poster

So, does that now mean that I’m an official comedy writer for Mark Thomas?  Does he actually owe me money for my comedy genius?  Should I have signed a contract?  Ok, those delusions of grandeur clearly need to be kept in check – note to self…

I’m currently trying to write my Edinburgh Show – and damn it’s hard!  I’ve got a venue and title, now I need 50 minutes of comedy gold!  This is definitely going in! 

By the way, if you get the opportunity I’d really recommend that you go to Mark Thomas’ show.  He’s a really nice guy and very, very funny!  He always takes the time afterwards to chat to those audience members who have waited around.  Oh, and his DVD is hilarious as well!

If you would like to find out more about Marc, or to book him for a speaking event please visit www.marchoganlive.com