Posts Tagged ‘magician’

WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING

14,January, 2008

I just figured out how to put youtube stuff on this blog, so I thought I’d let you all see what I do for a living. Here is a trick I did on BBC TV’s Secrets of Magic.

YOU CAN SEE ME LIVE

7,January, 2008

Some friends wanted to know where I was performing on Saturday night. It was the Cock Tavern in Kilburn. Rowland and Claire Muldoon (the people who gave London back the Hackney Empire) now run a lovely comedy club called Comedy Up the Cock

If anyone wants to see me perform, I’m doing my one man show LENAHAN UP CLOSE at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden Every Monday night. I’d love to see you.

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You are only as good as your last show.

6,January, 2008

I performed my first show of 2008 last night in a new comedy club run by old friends. Jenny Ecair was on the bill – I haven’t seen her in years and she was in wonderful form. I was last on and did good. It’s nice to have a successful gig under my belt. Any performer will tell you that you are only as good as your last show and my last shows were rough. Here is a journal entry I wrote the last time I worked.

It’s Christmas eve and I’m in Pizza Express off of Tottenham Court Road. I’m in the middle of performing three shows for Crisis, a charity organization that houses homeless people at Christmas. I went to the first shelter earlier and it was just awful. Imagine walking into a very large cafeteria sporadically filled with homeless people and jumping on a stool and shouting, “Look at me,” and no one did. The only people paying attention were telling me to F*** off. Afterwards a couple of men patronizingly told me that I was good and this was a bad crowd. That’s when it occurred to me that homeless guys at Christmas were feeling sorry for me. It may not have been a good performance but at least I gave the gift of allowing an audience of very down and out people to be able to say – “Thank god I’m not him.”

Welcome to A Year of Gratuitous Socks.

30,December, 2007

I am sure may of you have fantasized about what you would do if you ever became rich and famous. I have always thought that if I ever found myself in the situation where I had more money than sense (which by the way is not a lot of money) that I would – wear a new pair of socks every day.

One day last year it occurred to me that I might not ever become rich and famous (imagine.) So I decided to go for it. As far as rich and famous fantasies go – a new pair of socks every day is not so difficult a proposition. It’s not like I’m buying a Maserati a month. So every day in 2008 I am going to wear a new pair of socks and blog the experience.

Now, prospective blog subscriber, before you decide that you would rather read a blog about toenail collecting (I once met a guy with a toenail collection – remind me to tell you about it one day) I hasten to add that I will also be commenting on other events and interests in ’08 including: life as a professional magician, recipes from the Single Dad’s Cookbook, the American election, and most exciting to me – the publication of my first novel – Shadowmagic.