2017 Round-Up

Three posts in a year! I really must stop spending all my time on this blog.

Nowhere Fast, of which I co-wrote two episodes, aired on RTE 2 from November to December this year and went down really well. It was very encouraging to see great comedy talent like Alison Spittle being given a proper chance to shine on the national broadcaster. Those of you in Ireland can still catch the last few episodes of the series on the RTE Player now. 

I wrote a short Rip to the Rescue! which was funded by Kildare County Council this year. Despite a hurricane hitting the country in the middle of the shoot Paudie Baggott managed to direct the hell out of it and the film will be hitting festivals in mid-2018. Our three cast members - Ryan Stanger, Rose Henderson & Clare Monnelly - were fantastic and I'm really happy with how it's shaping up.  

I started to contribute sketches to Oliver Callan's radio show Callan's Kicks at the end of the year. Sketches of mine featured on the last six episodes of the year. All available on podcast now. I don't normally lean towards political stuff so it's been fun to get into something different.

Myself and Edwin Sammon continue to roll out the Reviewables podcast on a weekly basis. This year has seen the format evolve and we've had some great guests on throughout the year including Ardal O'Hanlon and Cool Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. You can subscribe to Reviewables on Apple Podcasts  or Android by clicking the relevant links in this sentence. 

The episode I wrote of the possibly-now-deceased Red Rock airs on TV3 in January I'm led to believe. I'll tweet about it when I know for sure.

Finally - development continues on Burning Wishes - the series I created with Deadpan Pictures. In early 2018 myself and Vincent Gallagher will be working some more on it. Hopefully there'll be good news to report on that further on down the line.

Happy Christmas.

Reviewables Live

Next week myself and Edwin Sammon take our podcast Reviewables out into the world for our first live show. We're on at the Vodafone Comedy Festival in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on Thursday 27th July at 7.30pm. 

If you have a ticket for another show at the festival you can come along to our show in the Laughter Lab for free. Full details for the festival are at www.vodafonecomedy.com

Reviewables started as a stupid little idea and remains a stupid little idea nearly forty-something episodes later. But it's exciting to be asked to do it live in front of actual people instead of in a tiny studio by ourselves. We've got a few more live dates booked for the coming months - I'll post details as soon as we can announce them.

Reviewables is available on your favourite podcasting app - to subscribe and listen to back episodes visit https://www.headstuff.org/reviewables/

On Twitter Reviewables can be found here: https://twitter.com/reviewablespod

Red Rock/Nowhere Fast

This autumn the episode of Red Rock I wrote is to be aired on TV3. It's the first episode back after the summer break and hopefully will be as enjoyable to watch as it was to write. Paudge features heavily which I was very happy about.

Also coming this autumn is Nowhere Fast - the new comedy series from Deadpan Pictures - on RTE 2. I co-wrote two episodes along with creators Alison Spittle and Simon Mulholland. The show was directed by Simon Gibney and produced by Ailish McElmeel. The cast, led by Alison Spittle, is fantastic and I really can't wait for people to see it. 

 I'll post airdates as soon as I get them.

Burning Wishes - The TV Show

Deadpan Pictures recently announced a first look development and distribution deal with Content Media. Much to the delight of myself and Vincent Gallagher our web series Burning Wishes is one of the projects involved so we'll soon be developing it as a 6x60 min series for TV.

It's very exciting to be in amongst such talented people as Cathy Brady, Stefanie Priesner, John Morton, Imogen Murphy, Hugh Travers & Damien Owens.

More details on the deal can be found here: http://deadpanpictures.ie/dpp/?p=1342



Dublin Web Fest

Burning Wishes had a great night at the awards for the first annual Dublin Web Fest last night. The series received six nominations and won four of those - Best Comedy Series, Best Director, Best Irish Series and Best Overall Series. http://dublinwebfest.com/

It continues a great run at festivals for Burning Wishes - in October it won Best Series at the Bilbao Web Fest. 

And our director Vincent Gallagher himself is on a roll - his brilliant short Love is a Sting recently picked up its fourth award - the Grand Prix Award at the Cork Film Festival. This means that the short is now in consideration for the Oscars in 2017.



Brooklyn Web Fest

More good news for Burning Wishes as the Brooklyn Web Fest has just announced its official selections for the festival in October.

An episode of Burning Wishes will screen on Friday 9th October in the International selection. The series has also been nominated for Best Writing which is fantastic.

The festival takes place from Oct 8th-10th in the Made in NY Center in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Raindance Web Fest 2015

Another festival for Burning Wishes - this time London's Raindance Web Fest which I'm reliably informed by their website is "the UK's only festival devoted to independent digital and streaming series."

It's very gratifying to see the positive response the series has received so far. Hopefully the fact that it's finding an audience outside of Ireland will help in developing it into something bigger.

The festival takes place in London from the 25th to the 27th September. There's a slew of great events and speakers at the festival but the highlight for me would have to be Jesse Armstrong who co-created Peep Show and co-wrote Four Lions among many other things.

Burning Wishes is screening on Friday 25th September at 18.30 in Vue Picadilly.

Full details on the festival are here: http://raindancefestival.org/web-fest-events-2015/

Bilbao Web Fest


Yesterday the Bilbao Web Fest announced its official selections and Burning Wishes has received a slew of nominations. The web series which was funded by RTE and the Irish Film Board received nominations for Best Comedy, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Director (Vincent Gallagher), Best Editing (Martha Meyler), Best Cinematography (JJ Rolfe) and Best Script (myself).

I am delighted that the series has been recognised across the board. The festival takes place in Bilbao in October.

Earlier in the summer Vincent picked up the Best Director award at the SF Web Fest in California. Hopefully we'll add to the Burning Wishes awards tally in Spain in October.