Friday, December 12, 2014

London & New York

There are just four shows left for this year. From Tuesday to Friday (16th - 19th December) we'll be at the Southbank Centre (tickets). Then I'll be wrapping up warm and hibernating over Christmas.

In February we'll start work on series three of Modern Life Is Goodish - it should be on your screen around September. (So long as you choose the right channel at the appropriate time. I mean, it'll definitely be on some screens - it's really up to you to choose whether or not yours is one of them.)

But - you might have spotted that this leaves a bit of a break in my schedule in January.  Only it doesn't. Because I'm going to be returning to New York for a short run of Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation.

I've done two other runs in New York. On both occasions I went out for 6 weeks and ended up staying for 3 months as the runs were extended... that's not really an option this time so I'll be doing just 12 shows between January 20 and 31st at a fantastic venue called Subculture. Tickets go on sale later today. From noon. (New York time)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tour Extension

We're on the home straight of the tour now and the mood in the camp is still high. Of course it is. Touring is fun. And the venues have all been sold out.

There are still a few tickets left for tomorrow night on the Isle of Wight, mind and for a few of the others coming up. (Bristol, Belfast, Dartford, Dorking, Cambridge, Sheffield, Liverpool and then, finally, four nights in London).

I keep having chats with people on Twitter who tell me that they think the shows are sold out - because that's what the internet tells them - but who then manage to get a ticket by calling the venue. There are almost always late releases of tickets that were held for press etc and so most of the time, a handful of people get last minute tickets that never make it back on to the websites.

But because the show has been selling out there are plenty of venues asking us to do extra shows and a fair few new venues wanting the show to come to them as well... and so instead of being on the home straight, we're actually approaching the halfway point. We're extending the tour into 2015.

It will be the same show - with the brilliant Nick Doody too - and we'll start the second leg in October next year. (There's the small matter of making 8 more episodes of Modern Life Is Goodish to deal with between now and then, so it's not as though we're slacking off!)

The tickets went on sale, exclusively through See Tickets this morning. They'll be on general sale from Friday.

Here they all are on a handy, zoomable, scrollable map...


And here they are in list form:
   
OCTOBER 2015
4 - HEREFORD Courtyard Theatre
5 - NORWICH Playhouse
6 - NORWICH Playhouse
7 - NORWICH Playhouse
9 - EXETER Corn Exchange
10 - TRURO Hall For Cornwall
11 - HAYES - Beck Theatre
14 - CHATHAM Central Theatre
15 - BROXBOURNE Civic Hall
17 - WOLVERHAMPTON Civic
18 - SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
21 - ALDERSHOT  Princes Theatre
22 - CROYDON Fairfield Halls
23 - JERSEY Opera House
24 - GUILDFORD G Live
25 - CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
28 - POOLE The Lighthouse
29 - SALISBURY City Hall
30 - WATFORD Colosseum
31 - READING Hexagon

NOVEMBER 2015
1 - NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal
5 - WIMBORNE Tivoli Theatre
6 - DURHAM Gala Theatre
7 - MOTHERWELL Concert Hall
8 - LANCASTER Grand Theatre
11 - CRAWLEY Hawth Theatre
12 - SWINDON Wyvern Theatre
13 - YEOVIL Octagon Theatre
14- COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre
15 - SALFORD The Lowry
18 - CHELMSFORD Civic Theatre
19 - NOTTINGHAM Playhouse
20 - NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate Theatre
21 - MIDDLESBROUGH Town Hall
22 - DUNFERMLINE Alhambra Theatre
25 - BASINGSTOKE Anvil
26 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
27 - CAMARTHEN Lyric Theatre
28 - CARDIFF St David's Hall

The link for all tickets is seetickets.com/tour/dave-gorman

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Goodish Bye. For Now.

We've had a couple of days off on the tour... and as Tuesday night came I became aware that quite a few people were sending me messages asking why there wasn't an episode of Modern Life Is Goodish on the box? Has it ended? Has it been moved? It's very pleasing to know that it had become a Tuesday night habit for folks. If you were one of them: thanks. It really does mean a lot.

But yes, the series has run its eight-week course.

Everyone involved has been thrilled by the show's reception. I've tried to respond with gratitude to as much of the feedback as I can.

The nice people at Dave have put all of the shows - the six episodes from series one and the eight episodes from series two online for a while. If you missed an episode, joined the series late, had no idea that this wasn't the first series and would like to see the stuff you missed - or if you just want to prove to yourself that we did move the string quartet to a different location, change the look of the trees for series two and tweak the opening titles so that there were now four different endings... then you can do so here.

I've had a lot of tweets asking about series three. It has been commissioned and we'll start work on it in the new year. One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is how to get tickets to be in the audience. The answer is that, like all TV recordings, the tickets are free. But my mailing list gets first dibs.

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In the mean time, it's also easy enough to get tickets for the tour show.

We're half way through the tour now and it's going great guns. Details for all the remaining dates are on the Live Dates page.

A lot of the dates (but not all) show up as sold out online but, as I explained recently, it's always worth a phone call.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

And So We Face The Final* Curtain...

*When I say "final" curtain... I mean for series two. Series three will be along around the same time next year. So it's not final-final. Just final-for-now.

But the final-for-now, last episode of series two - episode 8 - gets its first airing tonight. Thanks to everyone who's tuned in throughout the series... it means a lot to me.

Nobody really knows how ratings work, but the first series was the channel's most watched original programme of the year and this series seems to have done even better. Across the various broadcasts in a given week, we regularly get over a million people tuning in.

I've only just been made aware of this article from Broadcast...

... and that was written after week 4 or 5 and I know our numbers have been rising since then.
I hope you can catch the final episode of the series tonight. At 10pm. On Dave. (Unless you're in the audience in Tunbridge Wells - in which case, you have a very good excuse.)

I'm having a ball on tour and there's certainly enough demand to justify extending it... but that's looking tricky because we start work on series three early next year.

That's a good problem to have, obviously.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Covering The Bases...

This week will take us up to the half-way point on the tour... and at the same time, will take us on the longest journeys yet. We start the week bouncing around the capital - St Albans, Tunbridge Wells, High Wycombe and then head to Stafford, Preston and eventually Aberdeen.
The remaining 30 dates aren't all sold out yet, but I'm delighted to say that it looks like things are on target to sell out. But if a venue's website says a show is sold out, I'd always encourage you to contact the venue directly.

Our last show - Cardiff - was a great illustration as to why. With a show like mine, it goes without saying that you need to be able to see the screen. The venue in Cardiff is multipurpose. It has seats that are almost side-on to the stage... fine if you're watching an orchestra... fine if you're watching one person and a microphone... not so fine if you're watching a double act between a man and a screen that you can't actually see. So those seats weren't initially on sale.

But looking at a seating plan and a technical drawing of the venue doesn't always tell you everything you need to know and we always try and set the show up in a way that affords as many people as possible the best view. So, when we arrived in Cardiff and worked out where the screen ought to be we then went through a process of running around the venue and working out if any new seats could be put on sale. In the end, we released a further 40+ seats... and because the venue had been so organised and kept the contact details for people who'd been trying to get tickets, they were able to sell them all in an hour and a bit.

That's not the only time there have been late releases... and it's not unusual for venues to get returns, or to release tickets that had been held for press etc too. The websites won't tell you that... they'll only tell you whether a ticket is currently available or not. And I figure most people will assume that's that... they won't think of trying again in a week and in this day and age, it seems people are reluctant to pick up a phone and actually speak to a human being. If the internet isn't there to help us avoid human contact, what the hell is it for?

Obviously, I'm delighted to be in a position where this is relevant... and I want everyone who wants to see the show to be able to do so...

Like I say, there are plenty of venues where the show isn't sold out yet... but it does look like they will... and if/when that happens, that doesn't mean that all is lost... it often means you're best speaking to someone... just in case...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yoyoing

The tour is going swimmingly. There have been some lovely reviews. They contain a few mild spoilers so if you're already coming along, you might as well wait until after... but if you're the kind of person who wants to be persuaded by the opinions of others and you think this sort of thing might tip you into a ticket purchase, then here you go.

There are two reviews from the Dublin show, one in the Herald and one in the Irish Independent and a third from the Nottingham Post for last Sunday's show.

The spoiler-free pull quotes would be:

"Observational comics are supposed to say what we're all thinking, but Gorman has made an art form out of digging deeper and picking apart the obscenities of modern life through actual research and analysis. It's an inventive approach, but his greatest talent is that he is naturally funny, with effortless comic timing and delivery. Dave Gorman gets straight to the point, all right. He's also a deadly teacher."
The Herald


"Contemporary comedy is populated by the good, the bad and the unfunny. The circuit is full of chancers trying to shock and chicken 'n' chips charlatans telling willy jokes.
Dave Gorman brings something fresh and exciting to the table. It is an absolute joy to behold."
The Irish Independent

and
"...had the crowd it fits of laughter from the get go, and using PowerPoint to hit home his observations, the subtle social commentary stayed away from preaching and just made everyone laugh at their own behaviour."
The Nottingham Post

Incidentally, I'm not sure I really understand the Nottingham reviewer's definitions of mainstream and cult and I had no idea that I was a regular on panel shows but there you go. Perception is often more powerful than reality.

I've been studying the patterns of our tour travels, hitting a reset button every time we return home. Block One was really rather gentle:



Then Block Two was kind of exhausting... mainly because the show is, naturally, quite technical and working out how to hire things in for an overseas show while still having our regular kit ready for us on our return adds a layer of time and effort...

Block Three is starting to look like one of those spider's webs made by a spider on amphetamines...

This week's travels - Wednesday = Southend, Thursday = Wimborne, Friday = Wrexham and Saturday = Cardiff - look gentle by comparison.



And of course, there are plenty of dates left after that as the tour continues through til mid-December.

And while we're yoyoing around the country, the TV show continues for another two weeks also. Episode 7 contains some yoyoing of a different kind. You have been warned.






I've got a new TV Show: Modern Life Is Goodish
I've written a new book: Too Much Information
I'm on tour: Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Two Spoonfuls Of Sugar

Episode 6 of Modern Life Is Goodish will be on air tonight at 10pm. On Dave. Obvs.

I've had a lot of emails and tweets from people who have, naturally enough, assumed that this will be the last episode of the series. Six episodes is pretty standard in the UK. And six is the number of episodes contained in series one.

But when Dave commissioned series two and three, they asked for eight episodes apiece... and we were more than happy to oblige. So, including tonight's, there are three more still to go out for this series.

In tonight's episode, I return to a topic from series one. By which I mean... Alan Sugar gets another mention. When we decided on the running order of our shows we had no idea that this episode would be landing on the same day as the return of The Apprentice. But there you have it. If you want two spoonfuls of Sugar tonight, you can watch that and then turn over to Dave at 10pm...




New TV Show: Modern Life Is Goodish
New Book: Too Much Information
I'm on tour: Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point