Category: Comedy

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Daze of Summer

The summer of 1976 was the hottest and driest in the UK since records began, with the months of June, July and August offering little besides glorious sunshine, 35...

The Boys are Back in Town

April 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of the Jakarta Comedy Club and I am pleased to announce that on April 30th we will present two fantastic comedians who first...

The Great North-South Divide

I will not mention the name of the city in the north of England where I chose to go in search of the first rung on my property ladder 30 years ago, but people who know...

The Old Hands

There is always kudos in the amount of time you have been doing something, a kind of “seniority of time”, as if the longer people do something the better they get at...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas 1991 was my first in Indonesia and the first of my life outside England. I had not given any thought whatsoever to what Christmas might be like in a Muslim...

See You in 2015!

November 2014 was the busiest month the Jakarta Comedy Club has ever had. We had four events in 15 days, featuring comedy legends Papa CJ (India), Ro Campbell...

Things that make you go Ahhhh…

I’m so glad I came to Indonesia. I was pure luck I ended up here really. Had the friend I originally came here to visit been in Vietnam or Swaziland or anywhere else I...

Agony and Irony

In the early days of the Jakarta Comedy Club, I was fortunate enough to host a radio show every Friday evening from 5pm to 8pm with my friends Steve Dodgson and Fred...

One for the Bucket List (and Bring the Bucket)

Munich, the capital of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany, is home to the Oktoberfest, one of the biggest p*ss-ups on earth. Despite its name, the Oktoberfest...

2.5 Men Jumps the Shark

When Charlie Sheen got fired and written out after season eight as an “exploded bag of meat” under a Metro train somewhere in Paris, I thought Two and a Half Men had...

Hold Still, Dumbo

There are very few things more therapeutic in the morning than a cup of coffee (and even fewer you can write about in a magazine like this). The smell and the taste and...

Daisy Luck Strikes Again

I love the way the Indonesian language and the English language have blended over the years. For example, many non-Indonesians would have heard of the infamous spy...

With or Without You

Ipoeng was a good driver. Punctual, dependable and presentable, he had only one glaring fault and that was his memory. He could drive the same route 20 times then lose...

My Yamaha YT115 on delivery day March 1992

Beer Goggle Bikers

I believe there is a strong argument for the ‘cooling off period’ law when people want to buy guns. Instead of flipping out completely and running to the nearest gun...