Posts tagged ‘live shows’

October 2, 2018

Allusionist autumn 2018 tour

Hello!

It’s been an unusual few months for me. I’ll tell you all about it sometime, BUT there’s no time right now, because the Allusionist live tour is under way in the US and Canada!

Q: What is the Allusionist live show?
A: It’s a fun 60-75 minutes of language-related entertainment, with absolutely excellent musical accompaniment from Martin Austwick. (Plus, as you can see from these pictures, it’s a visually thrilling experience. I’m hiding my light under a bushel, making audio.)

Q: OK, but what’s it about?
A: Many things, including sedentary champions, political rebellion through foodstuffs, and some rotten portmantNOs.

Q: Can I stay at home and hear it on the podcast?
A: Most of it is new material, tailored just for the live experience, which I might never release on the podcast. This may be your only chance!

Q: Is it suitable for children?
A: There are a few swears in it, but overall, I think yes? My niecephews, aged 10, 11 and 12, saw it and enjoyed it (they are not particular fans of my work and the family tends to be critical, so they’re not biased in my favour). However, check with the venue in question whether they allow under-21s.

Q: Will it help me escape hell for a while?
A: Yes, yes it will.

Q: When and where can I see the show?
A:
3 October: Sleeping Village, Chicago. IE tomorrow! Hurry! Click here for tickets.
9 October: The North Door, Austin. We arranged the tour schedule around making it to Austin before the end of bat season. Click here for tickets.
12 October: the Miracle Theater, Washington DC. Click here for tickets.
17 October: Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia. Click here for tickets.
20 October: the Bell House, Brooklyn. Click here for tickets.
24 October: Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA. Click here for tickets.
4 November: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Toronto. Part of the Hot Docs Podcast Festival, which looks pretty great. Click here for tickets.
6 November: the Vera Project, Seattle. Where better to escape the midterms for an hour or so? Click here for tickets.
8 November: Mississippi Studios, Portland. Click here for tickets.
10 November: Rio Theatre, Vancouver, as part of the Vancouver Podcast Festival. Click here for schedule and tickets.
13 November: Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles. With a wonderful performance from a Special Guest that you should not miss. Click here for tickets.
16 November: St Paul MN. Click here for tickets.

(Little tip: if the booking fees seem A Bit Much, try calling the venue to buy tickets instead.)

All events I do are listed at theallusionist.org/events, so if you’re finding it a bit sleepy over on this website, check there.


Photos by Baraduin Briggs at Allusionist Live at SF Sketchfest, January 2018. instagram.com/bbamok

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August 7, 2016

showtime

Hello! I’ve been moving house, and WOW has it been tedious. It did speed up when I just started throwing all our stuff away. Forget KonMari’s “Does it spark joy?” edict; my future bestselling tidying handbook will make you ask, “Can I be arsed to make a decision about this object ever again?” The upshot is, if you peruse the charity shops of Crystal Palace, you can recreate 50% of my old home.

But apparently, among all the packing tape and dirt and existential malaise, I did some work! There are a bunch of Allusionist episodes, including one with some Olympics-related etymologies, and a discussion of brand names and how we came up with ‘Allusionist’ for the show, and another about generational terms such as Millennial and Generation X. And a contemplation of small talk, which came out the day after the EU Referendum which, amongst its many other effects, obliterated small talk.

On 24th September at 4.30pm, the first live Allusionist will take place as part of the London Podcast Festival. A handful of tickets remain, get one HERE.

There’s a bit of a backlog of my appearances on other podcasts, too. Eg:

  • Talking about a night bus journey gone bad on Nocturne: ‘A Luminous Bubble‘.
  • Talking about jingles on Between the Liner Notes: ‘Jingle Brains‘.
  • Talking about a couple of my favourite books on Charles Adrian’s Page One, episode 109.
  • Talking Drinking about it on Let’s Drink About It: ‘The Promise of a Premise‘.
  • Making a brief cameo on The Beef and Dairy Network: ‘Rio Special‘.
  • Discussing burnout on Millennial: ‘Systems Check‘.