After making my white-knuckle debut at the Montreal Comedy Festival, I soon became a regular at the Comedy Store, Jongleurs and major clubs all over the country. I toured Ireland, and performed in Hong Kong and at the Groningen Comedy Festival in Holland. It was a hugely exciting way to earn a living.
I have appeared on many TV shows, writing for and presenting a series of BBC's EastEnders Revealed, Net.Comedy, The Little Picture Show, and writing for BBC2's Live Floor Show.
After appearing on Radio 4's You and Yours and In Touch, I became a regular on John Peel’s Home Truths, where I wrote and narrated my own column. I have also written for many publications, including The Independent, GQ, Junior, Real, Home Buyer, Slimming, and Mother and Baby. I've been a travel writer for The Sunday Times and The Boston Herald (USA).
I've been visiting schools all over the world for twelve years now, running creative-writing and public speaking workshops as well as delivering careers and PSHE presentations which have proved hugely popular. I’ve also been invited as guest speaker at awards and prize-giving ceremonies. I have been involved with NCS (National Citizenship Service) running public speaking sessions with large groups of young people.
More recently I have been involved with the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), working with universities and schools to inspire and encourage young people to move into further education.
I'm a father of two girls who show me what funny really is. I live in a Victorian cottage and sleep in the cellar. It's much nicer than it sounds. When I'm not working, I like to cycle up very big hills wearing ridiculous lycra clothing.
Whenever time allows I also sing and play guitar in The Attention Seekers, a rocking covers band.
Writing has been good to me, and I feel fortunate to have found a job I enjoy. It's great to be able to spread the word and let young people know it doesn't all have to be angst-ridden novel-writing - there's a place for the lighthearted too. Grasping every opportunity and occasionally taking risks is essential, as it leads to all sorts of new and interesting experiences,