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Best Midlands Comedian 2017

What’s On magazine have just announced the finalists for their 2017 Awards. Very undeservedly, I’ve been shortlisted for the Best Midlands Comedian prize!! I honestly can’t believe I’m in the same category as the likes of Joe Lycett and Greg Davies. That’s mental. The’ve also announced their finalists in the Midlands Breakthrough Act and Best Midlands Comedy Night categories, with both of…

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British Muslim Awards 2017

The British Muslim Awards, now in their fifth year, publicly announced the finalists for their 2017 prizes today. Wonderful to see that I’ve been included on their shortlists. I’ve always suspected I’m one of the best Muslims in the country. It’s nice to have that officially confirmed. There are about thirty categories, and it’s truly an honour to be counted among such amazing finalists…

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Massive Milestone For Comedy Cannon Podcast

Wonderful news! The Comedy Cannon podcast, which I launched barely six months ago, has just hit the magic 100,000 downloads. It’s an amazing achievement. Being featured on the homepage of Apple iTunes on their podcasts section for the last six months has most definitely helped. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many guests who took time out of their…

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Online Marketing For Comedians (and other creatives)

I trained as a journalist with the BBC, and then developed my craft with British and American broadcasters. I’ve spent the last decade working as a marketing consultant. So I’m steeped in old media – print, radio, television. And, if I’m honest with you, I hate social media. I pine for the good old days when marketing yourself successfully as…

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Islam

It’s one of the world’s most successful religions, with an estimated 1.5 to 2 billion adherents. Yet, thanks to misrepresentations of its tenets by its opponents, and by Muslims themselves, it’s a staggeringly misunderstood ideology. Even a cursory review of the Islamic belief system, versus how it’s perceived, shows a huge disconnect between what the scriptures say and what both…

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Do Comedy Courses Only Benefit Those Who Run Them?

Three months ago I attended a paid “workshop” in Bristol, which promised to help new comedians improve their chances of winning comedy competitions. One by one, more than a dozen of us got up and did seven minutes of material to each other, and were subsequently judged, X-Factor style, on our performances by a professional comedian and a left-wing comedy critic/booker.…

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A Blagger’s Guide to Gigging at Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world – runs throughout August every year, and is the ideal summer holiday for wannabe comedians wanting to turn their dreams of a standup career into reality. A year ago I was bored, unemployed and purposeless. Late one night, while browsing eBay, I found a coach ticket to Scotland for less…

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