Thursday, 28 January 2010


My favourite shop in the world is closing down, and so is its sister shop. The presence of Videosyncratic in Summertown helped persuade me to rent a room nearby a few years ago, and I'm mighty glad I did.
I fell in love with the place straight away. It had a light, airy charm, and as well as hiring out the latest big budget movies, it offered a wealth of indies, foreign films, TV shows, comedy, action and more. I saw almost all of The West Wing and 24 thanks to that place. Moreover, I saw loads of good things it would otherwise never have occured to me to check out.
Then I met Jon, the owner, at a comedy night. We soon became great mates, and I would often spend Sunday evening chatting to him in the shop while he worked. I'd also hang out with him at the Cowley Road store - just as I used to do with Tyrone years before at Physical Presence. (He's gone from strength to strength and owns a gym in Banbury.)
I have to admit, as a capitalist, that such camaraderie would be frowned upon in a chain store. Hell, it would almost always be impossible. Which of those would allow you to sit behind the counter for hours, talking to your friend? And I will miss Videosyncratic for more than that - for the service it provided, and which I would have adored even if I hadn't gotten to know Jon, his father Michael, Ben, Laura and some of the other staff.
The fact is that the free market isn't perfect. I support it, but it isn't perfect. Videosyncratic's absence will leave a big hole in my life. Buying or hiring DVDs off the Internet or from a big store won't plug that gap. Jon and Michael built something really special, and they should be proud of themselves.
Anyway, they're having a sale. Here's Jon:
"We're having a bonanza. Summertown branch will cease trading at close of business on Sunday night. Starting on Monday, at Cowley Road branch, we're selling EVERYTHING off. VERY CHEAP! ALL the DVDs, ALL the comics, ALL the graphic novels, ALL the T-shirts, even ALL the VHS (which will be very, very, very cheap). If you want shelves, we'll sell you the shelves! If you've been looking for a Humphrey, WE'LL SELL YOU HUMPHREY! Always had your eye on our lifesize Gremlin? HE'S YOURS FOR A PRICE. So, a HUGE DVD and comic shop sale."
It's well worth making the trip.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

The Trailer

Here is the official trailer for I Am a Great Man.

Please forward to all your friends!

And please vote here on what you think of it.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Iain Dale in I Am a Great Man

Iain Dale, media star, has written about his involvement in our film.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

The Latest

Herewith another clip from I Am a Great Man.

In other news, Jewellery by Rebecca has a special offer until 31st January. Buy one piece of jewellery and get £1 off each additional piece ordered.

More soon!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

D. Nye Everything

My erstwhile flatmate, and lifetime pal, Daniel Nye Griffiths has a new blog. Check it out.

Friday, 8 January 2010

See Me Soon(ish)

I've been in a couple of films that are in production at the moment.

Trailers are here and here. I had a very small part in the second one, but / and it looks good!

James Sherwood On Tour

Highly recommended entertainer James Sherwood is on tour again. Herewith his dates.

My first UK tour starts next week with two nights at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden on Tuesday and Wednesday (12th and 13th January). You can buy tickets here (for Tuesday) or here (for Wednesday). The shows start at 9pm. Hope you can make it.

The show will feature the best of my Edinburgh Fringe shows from 2006-9. The tour then takes me all round the UK for the next couple of months – full listing below. So if you have any friends in these places - particularly Cornwall, Jersey, and Aberdeen – do send them along.




16 January - Cornwall Tolmen Theatre, Constantine
20 January - Cranleigh Arts Centre
21 January - Birmingham Old Joint Stock Theatre
22 January - Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre
29 January - St Andrew's Byre Theatre30 January - Darlington Arts Centre
31 January - Croydon Fairfield Halls
3 February – Opera House, Jersey
5 February - Manchester Dancehouse
11 February - Banchory Woodend Barn, Aberdeen
12 February - Runcorn, The Brindley
17 February - Leicester Belmont Hotel
12 March – Shrewsbury, Mulberry Theatre
18 March - Bristol Comedy Box
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