Manchester Comedy Festival Round-up

The Manchester Comedy Festival is on and I’m doing two show and helping with two others;

 Gag Reels at the Frog and Bucket – Tuesday 25th October

The Frog & Bucket comedy club are showing another of their ‘Gag Reels’ night where a comedian gives a running commentary over one of their favorite films. I’ve been invited to do this one, and I’ll be doing a big colourful movie from 1965 which has Peter Cushing and Bernard Cribbins in it and lots of angry sink plunger wielding mutants and a plan to invade the earth.

Expect lots and lots of affectionate digs, possibly a drinking game involving Sugar Puffs product placement, and also possibly a full re-enactment of the robomen-eating-dinner where everyone gets a paper plate with peas rolling round on it.


I’ll doing my Edinburgh 2011 show at the manchester comedy festival on the 26th October at the Lass O’Gowrie pub. Show starts at 9.15pm and is £3. More info over  on Danny’s proper website


I’m joining the Comedysportz improv gang to do their longform show, at the lass O’Gowrie


What is says, an improvised episode, or maybe two, at the lass O’Gowrie












Theme’s Meme’s and Edinburgh Scheme’s

My ego has been well and truly fluffed. I’ve just been into the Manchester Comedy Store to see my portrait on the wall as part of their new ongoing exhibition. It’s a mix of old and new acts they’ve included for their 1st ‘rotation’and I’m sitting next to Toby Hadoke.
Blimey! Literally as I’m writing this I’m sitting next to two women in the snug of the Lass to write, they started talking about the new stuff night at the  Store and how it’s a good place to go to find out what makes people laugh. Well I suppose they have a point.
I’ve not blogged for my own site in ages, as most of my outpourings  gets pushed down the SFX website shaped pipe, which I dont mind at all as is a lot of fun to do and has infinitely more hits than my own site. They’ve just had a re-jig with their bloggers, bringing in osme new blood in prep for the new design re-launch in April.
Last fortnight my Edinburgh venue got confirmed which is 5.20pm at the Just the Tonic  caves for “Danny Pensive’s Map of Britain”, stick that in your diaries if you’re up in Edinburgh during August. I’ve even sent a letter to Gloverall, the people who make rather posh duffle coats to see if they’d be interested in sponsoring the show, not heard anything back yet.
This year will be my fourth Edinburgh, and second solo show after 2008’s “30 year itch” and this time I’m pushing the financial boat out doing a proper ticketed show, so hopefully the last few years of generating a following for Danny Pensive will pay off.
From experience, the best way to put a show together for Edinburgh and get those all important bums on seats is to find a theme the folk can easily relate to, but don’t straitjacket yourself with somthing that ties all the show into one subject, and always do somthing different at the 40 min mark, adivce from Jas Cook. “Danny Pensive’s Map of Britain” is aiming to be that thing. There’s a map in it, so at least it’s factually correct.