Before you say ANYTHING I appreciate that's not the best pun of my career. I wavered between that and "Now bring us some giggy pudding" but that sounded oddly unpleasant.
So! ICYMI, people have started using ICYMI instead of "in case you missed it". I know, it took me a while to get on board.
Also, ICYMI, The live album and live DVD are now OUT - yes! They're gay too! No, I of course mean they're for sale. We decided to release them just after Black Friday to prove we're not all corporate and consumerist like all the awful shops but THEY SURE WILL MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, AMIRIGHT??? They can be browsed and purchased just here.
ALSO ALSO! A huge amount of thanks are due to lovely folks who have come out to see me on one of my two tours I'm currently on. The first, with lovely Mr Robin Ince, concludes for GOOD, for EVER, with me in support at least, on Thursday in London at King's Place. I would recommend you getting tickets over on the gigs page because in 2015 he is hanging up his touring hat for a while and it is a tremendous show.
The second, with delightful TIM O-T has been progressing splendidly considering I'm the actual head-topper, show-finisher, ocean-liner or whatever you want to call it. It's the first tour I've ever not supported for, is what I mean, and I'm stunned so far people have attended. Thank you people of York and Durham! You lovely northern stars! Me and Tim even found time for a spot of sightseeing aboard a decidedly un-busy open top boat in York.
Yes my underwear here refers to Sonic the Hedgehog, which, judging from your responses on social media to this picture, you all care about a lot more than Titanic. Which Tim hasn't even seen. Hasn't SEEN. What planet is Kingston-upon-Thames on ANYWAY?!
PLEASE also get tickets for our remaining shows: Cardiff, Norwich, Falmouth, Kingston (very low) and finally Leicester on 11th. It makes it so much more worthwhile if there are audiences!
Finally but not by any means leastly, LONDON will be seeing rather a lot of me between now and Christmas. Tickets are already scarce for the Big Christmas Knees Up with Thee Faction and Eight Rounds Rapid at the Half Moon Putney on the 15th. It will be spectacular so I recommend you come! Both the bands are amazing and I will be doing some Christmas stuff that involves jumpers and covers I imagine. Pinch a ticket here.
THEN! On December 20th at Rich Mix London, I am headlining a very special evening put together by my friends at Philosophy Football to commemorate 100 years since the Christmas Football Truce in 1914. Here's what the organisers have to say:
"A Philosophy Football Christmas Night Out to Remember. An evening of comedy, ideas, live music and comedy inspired by this historic moment when football stopped a war.
Headlining set from Grace Petrie and her band The Benefits Culture. Folk legends Finlay Allison and Jimmy Ross play a specially commissioned set of 1914-8 songs of peace and resistance ' Its Never Over by Christmas'. Comedy from Kate Smurthwaite and Simon Munnery. A night of ideas too with acclaimed US sportswriter Dave Zirin who will be joined by David Goldblatt author of the football book of the year The Game of Our Lives, with football writers from Germany. Poetry and spoken word from Musa Okwonga plus dance-floor filling set from our house DJ Melstars Soundsystem."
Tickets for that are here.
I will also be appearing at almost all of Robin Ince's delightful Christmas extravaganzas, the exact nature of which will entail - who knows. Catch me at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 16th, 17th, 21st and at the Hammersmith Apollo (woohoo!) on 18th and 19th.
After that I suppose I might sit down.
Here's hoping to catch up with some of you before year's end. If not, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a better government in the new year.
All the love and peace!