Anonymous said: You should have won - Kate Copstik seemed to think so too. Where can I find out about upcoming gigs of yours apart from the official Show Me The Funny ones?

Thanks! I’m quite happy with where I got considering where I was before. I am currently setting up a website to keep people up to date but in the meantime I have a fan page on Facebook, simply called Dan Mitchell. I hope it’ll help for now

Apart from the stand up, I find other ways of entertaining myself and others. This is me and my friend Becky embroiled in a Pokebattle.

The beers you see in the bottom left corner are how a fraction of those we had drunk.

PS I made the helmets we wore on a budget of under £5

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Anonymous said: Thought you should have won! All the best for the tour and your future career! Hope you find love!

Thanks very much. It was an awesome night and I loved every minute of it. The tour is going to be amazing!

Anonymous said: Do you have a list of tour dates? Preferably including one in the Nottingham area.

If I get to the final I’ll be on tour for the second half of September.

If not then the three finalists will be. No matter who they are, it’s definitely worth getting a ticket

Saturday

17/09/2011

1

Stevenage

Gordon Craig Theatre


Sunday

18/09/2011

1

Nottingham

Playhouse


Monday

19/09/2011

1

Middlesbrough

Town Hall Crypt


Tuesday

20/09/2011

1

Sheffield

City Hall


Wednesday

21/09/2011

1

Leeds

City Varieties


Thursday

22/09/2011

1

Canterbury

Gulbenkian


Friday

23/09/2011

 

 

 

 

Saturday

24/09/2011

1

London

Bloomsbury


Sunday

25/09/2011

1

Bath

Komedia


Monday

26/09/2011

1

Milton Keynes

The Stables


Tuesday

27/09/2011

1

Southend

Palace


Wednesday

28/09/2011

1

Derby

Derby Theatre


Thursday

29/09/2011

1

Bromsgrove

Artrix


Friday

30/09/2011

1

Newbury

A few years ago I did a comedy competition called Funny Business for BBC Wales which aimed to find the next big Welsh comedian.

It failed, largely, but we all learned a lot whilst doing it. About the nature of the business, about comedy itself and about 

One of the judges was a man called Rudi Lickwood, a veteran of the comedy circuit, who can be relied on to put on a solid performance in any line up.

I was recently in another comedy competition called Show Me The Funny competing AGAINST him. Looks like you taught me too well Rudi…

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Pavement Raver

I did a gig last night that really pissed me off. It should have been a lovely gig as it was the opening of the Unity festival, a celebration of diversity, with a large proportion of the performers being people with disabilities, learning disabilities and the like.

I was MCing but also had a slot of about 20 minutes to fill, so I started doing some old standards, including my stuff about me being an epileptic. I checked before hand if they wanted me to use that stuff and they told me that it should go down well.

So I started into it and it went well. Apart from one woman. She stood up while I was mid sentence and said

"I think it’s disgusting. You taking the mickey out of epileptics. DI-sgusting"

I tried to explain that I wasn’t, and that if she listened to the carefully crafted words coming out of my mouth instead of just what she wanted to hear, she might notice that I was actually on the side of epileptics, gently mocking societies attitude to disability. But no.

"My son’s got epilepsy."

"So have I." I said "You may have noticed that by the fact that I said ‘I’m an epileptic’"

"Yes but my son’s got epilepsy and I think it’s disgusting"

It was too late, she was stuck in Outraged mode and walked off, dragging her husband but leaving her (epileptic) son there.

It shouldn’t have, but it really got to me. I have performed in front of hundreds of people, including the 25th anniversary gig of Epilepsy action, and I have never offended an epileptic. Only their parents or people who know an epileptic and feel they must protect these delicate souls from nasty men like me. Men who might talk about things in public, men who might bring epilepsy to the attention of the masses instead of hiding it away and only talking about in hushed tones.

I know I was in the right but I’m still angry about this. I was so tempted to unleash a barrage of spite on that woman but I restrained myself.

But I will say this.

 You think you are helping epileptics, well you are not. You are the sort of person that hinders any progress, that keeps everyone in the dark ages. To understand something you must discuss it, openly. And one of the best places for that is in forums such as the stage, in comedy, drama, art etc.

So Fuck you, madam. Fuck you and your over protective ways. I’m a Pavement Raver and proud.

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QI combines some of my favourite things-comedy and random knowledge. Stephen Fry is the best possible host, not just because of his extensive knowledge but his love of that knowledge. He loves knowledge for knowledge’s sake. And with Alan Davies as his willing dupe (though he isn’t as dumb as he’d like you to believe) it is one of my all time favourite shows.

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Tough Gig

Had a really tough gig last night. It had the potential to be great but for some reason it just wasn’t.

I got heckled early on and found it very hard to get back on the horse. I felt rubbish afterwards. Then I got a bit of a dressing down by some people who know how good I can do. They did this to make me pull my socks up and get my act together for my next gig.

Which I intend to do.

Sometimes a kick in the backside is worth much more than a “there, there, you weren’t that bad”

Now to get my ass in gear…

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