Back for Good

Well it’s been over a year since I last graced you my only reader with a report from the front line. The reason for this was a cartoon in Private Eye which showed a blogger sat at his computer and on the screen were the words ‘Me me me me me’. It suddenly hit home  how egotistical blogging actually is and I resolved never to do it again. However last week I though ‘Ah fuck it!’

Well as years go it’s been one of changes. Last year I decided to resurrect my stand-up career and set up a few gigs before starting in earnest to write a new set and getting myself ready to face a room full of people again. Since then it’s all gone rather splendidly with the odd booking in between the occasional slot in a club.

I had forgotten how much I love performing, there is a simple joy in making people laugh and at this stage in life I really don’t care if they like me only if they chuckle. Granted the nerves are still there but it’s far better to give into your desire to perform rather than try to deny it and just keep to your day job hoping for the release only death or retirement can bring.

In February things continued apace with the first ‘The Gentleman’s Review‘ podcast. This came about, as for some time Tom, Andy and me had been attempting to work together on a number of projects including a radio series which fell through and a website called Brainjam which we’d run together for a number of years but which was beginning to slow down* as none of us really had the time to keep it going. 

Happily the podcast took off almost immediately. We’re not in the big leagues but we have a respectable listener base of a couple of thousand people which is nice and I must say that out of all the comedy work that I do it’s my absolute favourite thing. I get to sit in my own living room with my best buddies drinking champagne and talking nonsense and recently I’ve made a new friend called Lisa who has been our reserve player and put us all to shame. Forgive me if I seem to be becoming rather mawkish but if a chap has a big arsed ego blog then he can occasionally be forgiven for expressing the affection he feels for his chums. Anyway listen to the podcast it’s very silly and very drunken.

A few weeks ago I popped up for the final week of the Edinburgh Fringe. This was supposed to be a holiday and I’d been asked to do a fifteen minute set to cover for another comedian who wanted to spent the day with his Mum. This was fine, he only had a half hour spot and the other fifteen minutes would be covered by another comedian. However this comedian didn’t turn up so I ended up doing the whole thing. The next day I was called by the venue manager chap to say that another comedian was ‘indisposed’ and would I come in and do another thirty minutes. I agreed and did the gig; however as I approached the end of my set I noticed the tech guy signalling that I should carry on, then the venue manager came to the stage and whispered in my ear that the guy following me was also ‘indisposed’ as he’d been in the same place the night before as the guy I was covering. This proved to be a problem as I only really had 30 Mins of good material. Happily the comedy gods saw fit to piss gifts upon me and I spotted – sticking out of a ladies shopping bag (yep it was the middle of the day) – a copy of Jade Goodies autobiography. It was like manna from heaven (or just piss) and saw me through the rest of the gig. One guy fell off his seat laughing which I think is the ultimate compliment.

Besides all those things my life is plodding along pleasantly and I’m currently writing a new radio play and have had an expression of interest from a broadcaster in seeing more of my work, so I’ll keep you informed if anything happens but I won’t say anything now as such things are apt to fall through at the last minute.

Thank you for reading this far and I hope you will return every day.

*It is now up and running again at 

Martin Wolfenden

Back in the early days of this Century, I made some money by saying the odd funny thing in public. On one of these occasions a fellow funny talker told me that I should write a blog (because that was the sort of thing funny talking people did back then.) Now, I’m not the sort of person who does things the easy way, so I rejected all the ready made blogging platforms and started my own website. Since then it’s become a repository for whatever stuff is bubbling out of my brains and a directory of various podcasts and videos that I’ve made with my friends and is completely unnecessary.

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