A Much Needed Break in the capital of comics

I finally got around to taking a short holiday.  I planned on taking a break in December, and as I write this it's now June. This is a short personal blog about taking a break and work life balance. I'd intended to have a holiday for months, and just kept putting t off.  I told […]

2018 - Lots of little experiments.

Looking back 2018 has been about loads of little experiments. Moving in new circles to learn, create opportunities, and push in new directions. This blog is a little bit of a humble-brag, but it's worth reflecting on the ups and downs of the year past, to help plan the year ahead. In early 2018 I […]

VWORP! - Hosting a Doctor Who Convention

I recently hosted VWORP! a Doctor Who convention in Manchester. Over one thousand fans descended on the city centre's Printworks for a whole day packed full of events. Big shout out to the event organisers. In the pre-event briefing I said 'just put me in the room on the day and I'll do the job', […]

Confession's of a WordPress Fanatic!

New date: Friday December 21st 2018 Venue: The Kings Arms, Salford, M3 6AN Ticket available on Eventbrite: While publicising the show I was re-tweeted by Matt Mullenweg! Make sure to capitalize the P! 😆 — Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) July 4, 2018 In early 2017 I attended 'MWUG', or Manchester WordPress users group to give […]

What do Google analytics and stand-up comedy have in common?

While helping a business client increase traffic to their website, I remarked how their Google Analytics marketing reports weren't so different from taking a stand up comedy skills workshop. That might sound like an odd thing to say - but the more I thought about it the more the comparison holds up. Google Analytics reports feedback […]

A Pint of Science?

In May I presented a three day event in Manchester for The Pint of Science Festival & researchers from The University of Manchester. It was a feast of brain food for the naturally curious, and they were looking for someone to do hosting duties. I got the gig. The Festival has been running for 8 years and brings […]

Improv Utopia Ireland

I had an amazing time this weekend  at Improv Utopia in Ireland.  Joining over 100 improvisers from all over the world for games, workshops and loads of fun. An opportunity to meet an improvise with folk from the USA, Ireland and  other countries all in one place. I've been to plenty of improv conventions in America over the last ten […]

Building Confidence Through Comedy

I recently took a Present Yourself! workshop with The Growth Company in Manchester, helping a group of their members build confidence through comedy. Late last year I took part in their 'Spark 2 Scale' programme -  to help grow my own business, and it's been a real boost for my networking and marketing. So it […]

Drawing for TV.

A couple of behind the scenes video peeks at Groundbreak productions ambitious advert for Brother technology. I was brought on board to provide all the illustration work that would be pulled, pushed and dropped, to create pretty stunning visual effects for a couple of adverts. Full blog coming soon, once the advert is finished and […]

2017 in Bullet Points.

It's the last day of the year, time for a review of 2017. Found a new regular yoga teacher and learned the 9 part breath. #namaste Interviewed improv legend Neil Mullarkey for my podcast. #bringabrick Got my geek on delivering two talks at the Manchester WordPress Group. #mwug Judged ciders at the Manchester Real Ale […]
John Cooper
Comedian & Improv coach
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