Category Archives: Summer

New Mockdown Confidential chat show, Tues Aug 11 @ 8pm

Join me Tuesday Aug 11th at 8pm (UK) for Mockdown Confidential, a spinoff from my Mockdown! Show, this is a more intimate one-to-one chat with a special guest…

This week Canadian Actor, Writer, Theatre Guru, and family guy, Charlie Rhindress joins me to talk about Lockdown, The Canadian Bubble, his books on Canadian Musical Icons, his Lockdown Streaming show, and his latest acting role in an upcoming TV series based on a Stephen King short story.

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Last night’s MOCKDOWN! Chat Show, Comedy Special!

Hello Darlings!!!

I really enjoyed Episode 5 of MOCKDOWN! last night… This week – A Comedy Special!

I was joined by three special guests to chat about the world of live comedy during these strange times… Will we still be laughing after the Covid Crisis?

My Guests this week… Paul BALLO Ballington, Big Shaun and Adam Rushton (info on my guests below the video link…)

ABOUT MY GUESTS

PAUL BALLO BALLINGTON – “The singing plumber” from Dinnington, Sheffield. Specialising in Comedy songwriting. The two things I love the most in life (apart from family, Football & beer) are music and making people laugh. So, I thought, why not try and combine the two – so I did!! It all began in 2012 when I wrote a song called “Ten Pints of Carling” which took off way more than I expected. Since then I have written many more similar songs that many people can relate to. Numerous national and local TV & Radio performances – invited to perform Yorkshire themed “Tour de Yorkshire” song “Get on yer bike” at the opening ceremony in York. Written songs for charity – including raising over £800 for PACT & Bluebell Wood with a Christmas song, which also featured on local and national radio. Also write and record songs for special occasions – resulted in writing bespoke birthday songs – and also writing and performing a best man speech, bride speech and Father of the bride speech!!  Ballo Facebook Page

SHAUN DAVID DOANE – BIG SHAUN has been singing in Sheffield bands for 30 years, including Ravager, 2 til 10, Sharp Cuts, Sikorski, The Koenig, Go Galleon, Tiny Barbara’s Surf Club and of course the Everly Pregnant Brothers. A funny man whose talent also embraces DJing, compering and comedy, Shaun is very Yorkshire, very Sheffield, and very gobshite!

ADAM RUSHTON is a promoter and comedy agent. Having previously spent five years in the Royal Navy, Adam started his journey in comedy on the stage before hanging up his mic four years ago and forming A Rush Of Laughter Management. His roster boast acts such as Tanyalee Davis, Gareth Richards, Njambi McGrath & Ignacio Lopez
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THIS IS MIDNIGHT – Audiobook

Hi folks!

I hope your summer is treating you well.
I’m having fun – family visits, BBQ’s…

And some interesting work projects…

AUDIOBOOK

I have a new Audiobook available on Audible.
Perfect Bedtime listening -if you enjoy a spooky short story 

Check it out here… https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B07V9J972N/…

THIS IS MIDNIGHT Stories, by Bernard Taylor. The complete short fiction of a master of modern horror fiction. The 13 stories collected here represent the complete short fiction of Bernard Taylor, one of the best-selling horror authors of the 1970s and 80s, author of The Godsend and Mother’s Boys, both adapted for film, and Sweetheart, Sweetheart, hailed by Charles L. Grant as the finest ghost story of all time. In these tales, which often feature an unexpectedly cruel or bizarre twist, Taylor offers a clever mixture of horror and black humor that will delight fans of the genre.

TV

I’ve also had a great visit to Birmingham to shoot an episode of DOCTORS.
Lot’s of fun and a very fast shoot. They really turn it around fast there.
Due to air in November. More details closer to the airdate.

RADIO

And I’ve just recorded some dramatised segments for a BBC Radio 4 Documentary on the PETERLOO MASSACRE. Airs in August.

So, lot’s of ways to see or hear me.
Stay tuned, more is in the pipeline 🙂

Dave x

Dire Summer Telly… Let’s BBQ a flock of sheep…..

Summer TV viewing can be pretty poor at the best of times, but promo ads for 2015 summer ‘entertainment’ aren’t making me want to sit inside watching the telly….. (other than the ‘Summer Fate’ promo for  Emmerdale, but that’s another story..)

Flockstars – celebrities teamed up with a trained sheepdog to “compete in a series of sheepdog trials testing skill, technique and discipline in a bid to win the coveted Flockstars’ shield.” Coveted????? COVETED?????

flockstars
The Flockstars Photo from ITV.com

I admit to watching One Man and his Dog when I was a nipper, but this show leaves me uninspired. I expect they will have to introduce killing and cooking whatever the dogs round-up to keep viewers.

Which brings us neatly to B.B.Q. Champ – “A team of ten contenders from across the country will compete against each other to become the first BBQ Champ and while Myleene Klass hosts the series, Man vs Food star Adam Richman will judge, alongside British chef and restaurateur Mark Blatchford. ”

BBQ Champ hosts. Photo ITV.com
BBQ Champ hosts. Photo ITV.com

I love a BBQ myself… my ancient gas grill rusts happily in the garden awaiting it’s next outing, if the rain ever stops. But watching other people BBQ without the smells, camaraderie and a cold beer? Not for me I’m afraid. Perhaps it’s all a plan to make us turn off the TV and go outdoors.

I imagine this show will resort to Mylene Klass bikini shots like I’m a Celebrity to keep viewers interested.

Or here’s an idea….. maybe they’ll combine the shows and have bikini-clad celebs with sheepdogs catching food, which then they BBQ for Adam Richman to gorge on until he explodes.

Adam Richman eats Myleene Klass….

Now that’s worth watching! Crack open a beer and fire up the barby!