I was about to tweet back with an answer when I realised I didn’t have one. Why did I draw all the acts with no eyes? After tracing it back to 2012, or thereabouts. I remember took over from another artist on the festival who drew everyone with no eyes, so I was just continuing on the tradition.
It still didn’t feel like an excuse, so even though it’s not on the brochure I thought I’d oblige…
I’ve been a professional stand up comedian since 2005, and performed all the UK in character as Danny Pensive.
Performing as Danny Pensive:
“Uncanny accuracy and unerring honesty” – The List
“His audience interaction is flawless” – The Skinny
“Cutting wit…an hour well spent” – Three Weeks
“An infectious delight” – Fringe Guru
“Vic and Bob meets Samuel Beckett” – Artsfest
“Gloriously deadpan and very funny” – South Wales Post
“A must-go-see comedy highlight” – Buxton Fringe
“a superb creation…brilliantly done” – BBC
“An mix of sublime innocence and lateral observation.” – Cheltenham Greenbelt Festival
“Catch this comic idiot savant before Vic ‘n’ Bob snap him up” – The List
“There’s more to him than meet the eye” – Three Weeks
“You could almost imagine Harry Hill doing it” -Ed Byrne
“The audience cheered him to the rafters.” – Kendal Calling Festival
Edinburgh Festival Reviews:
“During his whistle-stop recollection of a trip around Britain Danny Pensive highlights with uncanny accuracy and unerring honesty the stupidity of places and people. Catch this comic idiot savant before Vic ‘n’ Bob snap him up.”
“From Newquay to Aberdeen, from Swansea to Bridlington, Danny Pensive recalls the things that made the places he has been special and memorable. But this is not some excruciating holiday slide-show. His audience interaction is flawless, and he has us laughing from start to finish with his songs and little anecdotes. His delivers each word like a six-year‐old reading aloud. His observations are told with such openness that he is impossible to dislike. The Fringe’s most loveable performer.”
“With his quirky capacity for story telling, Pensive’s unusual and amusing anecdotes let the audience get caught up in his adventure. This “infectious delight” left its mark, along with his listless eccentricities. An afternoon in Pensive’s company is sure to be an hour well spent.”
“He slips out some cutting wit, firing out insults like facts he’s looked up on Wikipedia, so then you know that there is more to him than meets the eye… Hilariously sweet, Pensive is a delight to watch, full of amusing observations about British scenery and culture.”
Danny Pensive: Life Coach at Buxton Fringe.
John Cooper: Pictures of Cats at Leicester Festival.
Support for Barbara Nice Christmas Show.
Danny Pensive – Around the world in 80 Howays at the, Buxton Fringe, Sheffield Comedy Festival and Leicester Festival.
‘The face of North West and Lancashire Life Magazine’.
Resident MC, ‘Wet Feet’ comedy night.
Sketch writer on BBC Radio Newcastle’s Jesting About
Performed in a live stage adaptation of Whatever Happened to the Likely lads.
Danny Pensive visits Australia and the USA
Winner of the Cofilmic Sketch writing Competition.
Danny Pensive’s Map of Britain (3rd solo show) Edinburgh Fringe.
Best Comedy Show Nomination, Buxton Fringe
Two more tour supports with One Man Star Wars.
Supported Milton Jones.
Appeared on ITV’s & FHM’s Stand Up Hero.
Performed at the SFX weekender convention.
Toured the UK with One Man Star Wars.
Hosting Doctor Who at the FAB Cafe, interviews with Colin Baker & Sylvester MCCoy the sixth doctor.
Appeared in an unaired advert for Cadburys Clusters with Ted Robbins.
Blogging for SFX Magazine.
The 30 year itch – Edinburgh Fringe, 2nd solo show
Appeared on BBC2’s the speaker.
Hosted Vworp! The Doctor Who mini-Convention.
Performed in New York with Comedysportz.
Accidentally supported Dara O’Briain.
Met John Cooper Clarke at Leeds Festival.
Danny Pensive appears on Channel 4’s 4 laughs.
Joined Comedysportz improv group.
Started performing as Danny Pensive.
Finalist in City Life comedian of the year.
First solo show – ‘John Cooper reconstituted’.
Represented by newly established Gag Reflex comedy agency in Manchester.
First Edinburgh fringe show, Great Big Comedy Picnic
In the semi finals of Channel 4’s So you Think You’re Funny
Ran my first gig. Stand Up Live! at the Cumberland Arms. Acts to appearing included Sarah Millican and Steffan Peddie
Great news to see Comedysportz back in Manchester. It’s been a long time since the last regular show at the Comedy Store, and now returning to the lovely new theatre space 53 TWO just off Deansgate lock feels just right.
The regular monthly show in Sale Waterside has been selling out the last few months, with over 100 inlast month. So, March 5th, stick it in the diary and bring the whole family.
Got some new publicity photos done for Danny Pensive and my own mug. Main reason was because all my old stuff look really old and club promoters need good up to date images, and I look very different from this time last year. Yes, that’s the reason. Not rubbing my own self inflated ego like an attention deprived five year old who’s just discovered felt tips shouting ‘look what I did’ to any passing adult as they draw dinosaurs on the wallpaper. One day I’ll get rumbled. “What a nice guy John is”. Yeah, and the rest.
Massive thanks for photographer Andy Hollingworth for fitting me in before Christmas. Here’s a sneaky peek at a few pics from the shoot…
This year, for the 6th time I was Santa at a local primary school in South Manchester. It occurred to me it’s a great pace to hone my improv craft. Yes there is a script you have to stick to “What do you want for Christmas” and “Have you been good” and stuff like that, but outside of that it was essentially it was two hours of non stop suggestions. I’m reminded of something I learned at the Comedysport improv tournament some years back, “an Improviser needs general knowledge a mile wide and an inch thick”, so it certainly helps if you know your Minecraft from your Ninjago when asking the kids what they want, and if not, get them to describe it. Or delibratley misunderstand, like I did last year with the child who wanted a ‘One direction skate board’. Ho ho ho.