Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Things That Made Me Happy In 2014

THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY IN 2014:

Lot of touring around this year. Practically wore out my iPad and iPod. Didn't see as many films as I usually do. Found it easier to load up on TV shows and watch them after gigs. It's the comedians nightmare: post-show adrenaline keeping them awake till the early hours. So it's been 12 months of late night TV, music, Twitter and Facebook. If you get bored and/or can't sleep I'd recommend...

TELEVISION
The World Cup - all of it. (Still have Wall Chart on kitchen door. Still haven't filled it in.)
Ian Stone's show 'The Football's On' (BT Sport) 
The Comeback - Season 2 (Brilliant! Lisa Kudrow plays veteran sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, as she attempts to return to the industry that made her famous.)
Broad City - Season 1 (Best new comedy in years.)
Southland - Season 5 (The final season. Heartbroken it's finished.) 
Inside Amy Schumer - Season 2 
The Following - Season 2
Portlandia - Season 2
Bored To Death - Seasons 1 and 2 (Created by author Jonathan Ames. Stars Jason Schwartzman as a fictional Jonathan Ames—a Brooklyn-based writer, who moonlights as an unlicensed private detective. Go and buy it. Fopp are knocking it out cheap.)
Sons Of Anarchy - Season 7
The Americans - Season 2
John From Cincinnati - Season 1
LA Complex

MUSIC (Most played albums and singles on my iPod)
The Cocktail Slippers - “People Talk”
Archie Bell & The Drells - “Soul City Walk”
X-Ray Spex - “Germ Free Adolescents”
Jonathan Richman - "The Neighbours"
The Voices of East Harlem - "Right On Be Free"
Babes In Toyland - "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft"
The Jellybricks - "About The Weekend"
Big Midnight - "Doin' All Right"
The Tymes - "Little Trust Maker"
The Might Wah! - "The Story Of The Blues"
Janet Kay - "Silly Games"
Robert Knight - "Love On A Mountain Top"
Jacky - "White Horses"
The Five Stairsteps - "Ooh Child"
Susan Cadogan - "Hurt So Good"
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - "Streetcore"
Trojan Box Set
Culture - "Two Sevens Clash"
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart - "Take Me To God"
Roky Erickson - "I Have Always Been Here Before"
Lou Reed / John Cale - "Songs For Drella"
Blow Monkeys - "Feels Like A New Morning"
Frankie Valli - "The Night"
Chuck Prophet - "Hot Talk"
Garbage - "Beautifulgarbage"
Public Enemy - "How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?"


FILMS (Embarrassed I haven't seen Paddington yet. That will change on Friday.)
Incendies.
Ne le Dis a Personne.
The Awful Truth (early Cary Grant)
The Lost Weekend (Ray Miland and Jane Wyman)
The Roosevelts (PBS series)

BOOKS
Cess Nooteboom - "Roads To Berlin"
Norman Lewis - "Naples '44"
Hampton Sides - "Hellhound On His Trail" 
Simon Kuper - "Soccernomics"
Nathanael West - "The Day Of The Locust"
Philip Kerr - "Berlin Noir"
Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson - "Why Nations Fail"
The Secret Footballer’s Guide To The Modern Guide
Dennis Bergkamp - "Stillness And Speed"
TV Smith - "Getting There - Punk Rock Tour Diaries"

PODCASTS
The Jimmy Dore Show
The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC
This American Life
5 Live's World Football Phone-In
Sky Sport's Sunday Supplement
The Times - The Game
Neil Lomax 'Teenage Kicks' on www.forest.fm / Mixcloud
Chris Boulton's ''Northern Soul Special' on PipelineRadio
More Or Less: Behind The Stats
Fighting Talk

Ooh, I've been touched up by a graphic artist.

COMEDY
Tom Rhodes at The Gilded Balloon
Gavin Webster at The Stand (I liked Gavin before he won his award! Hipster!)
Josie Long at The Stand
Bill Burr - "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way" DVD
Ophira Eisenberg - "Bangs" CD
Lee Mack and Mike Gunn at The Edinburgh Playhouse
Michael Daviot and Robert Williamson at The Speakeasy (
Harriet Dyer at Edinburgh Festival
Lou Saunders at Edinburgh Festival 
Julie McDowell at The Speakeasy
Debrah Francis White - "Half A Can Of Worms" 
Janey Godley at The Speakeasy

MISC
My garden.
My neighbour's cat Denis totally owning the garden and the garden chairs.
Running up Blackford Hills.
Amsterdam with Ophera Eisenberg.
Lisbon - watching World Cup in various bars.
My new gold shirt.
Red wine.
Mathers, Broughton Street, Edinburgh.
Thistle Street Bar, Edinburgh.
Woodland Creatures, Leith Walk, Edinburgh.
Bow Bar, Victoria Street, Edinburgh.
Victoria Bar, Leith Walk, Edinburgh.
More red wine.
The Stand Comedy Club.
The Speakeasy at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Seeing old friends / comedians in London.
Anyone who came to any of my shows.
Everyone on Twitter and Facebook who sends me messages and posts funny comments. You're a funny lot. Thanks.

I wish everyone 'All The Best' for 2015

Jo x




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