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SEMST down at The Crypt

I need to start this blog post with a warning and a caveat. 

First the warning: This is about Linköping’s cultural life, so perhaps appeals to a very small group of readers. If you have any sense and…

A Very Close Shave

 

Woody Allen famously said that 80% of success is showing up. And he was absolutely right, as I almost found out thanks to a very close shave. 

A couple of weeks ago, I had a twelve minute meeting…

A sweaty night in a Norrköping cellar

As the title to this blog post suggests, I did a gig last night in a cellar in Norrköping and it was sweaty.

Not much more needs to be said. Nothing beats stand up in a sweaty cellar. 

Thank you, Boris Johnson

In the past, I may have inadvertently ejaculated barbed comments to the effect that you never get anything from Linköpings Kommun. I take it all back. I retract all previous allegations. Last Wednesday, on Sweden's national day, Linköping Kommun…

Northward, Ho!

 

There’s a lot of north in Sweden. In fact, it’s mostly north. Just take a look at a map. When you think there can’t possibly be any more north there’s a whole load more north even further north…

To Edsbyn!

The excitement is starting to build. It’s almost time to hit the road and start filming phase two of a project that first saw the light of day just over a year ago. Yes! This time next week, I’ll…

The hippest place in Söder(köping)

If the Swedish world of stand up has a spiritual centre, around which it revolves, it is Södermalm. On the Facebook group for stand up comedians, whenever a new club opens up, the question is never 'Where in Sweden?'…

SEMST / Linköping Bloody Kommun!

 

Friday was largely dedicated to spitting out the words ‘Linköping Bloody Kommun’ through gritted teeth. 

For accuracy, I should say that this wasn’t just an average day to day ‘Linköping Bloody Kommun’ swearathon - When you live in…

Knife Town!

Over the last few weeks, I've started to come to terms with the great blog conundrum: The more you do that is worthy of writing in said blog, the less likely you are to find the time to sit…

Rock and Roll!

On Saturday night, I was back at The Crypt to do a short set as part of my friend Gustav's birthday celebrations. The Crypt has the potential to be one of the nicest venues in Linköping, if it weren't…

All my friends are .... And I'm like....

Back in the day it used to be:  'All my friends are getting married and having kids, and I'm like....'
Then we got older and it became: 'All my friends are getting divorced and having affairs, and

It's still NOT an audition!

It's that time of year again when we have to remind Stångestaden that unless it involves singing, dancing, juggling, sword-swallowing, playing a musical instrument or making a dog jump through a hoop, it's not an audition.  

The word…

Linköping Comedy Festival 2018

So that's Linköping Comedy Festival over for another year. Thank you to everyone who made it possible: Audiences, comedians, techies, staff at Frimis and sponsors, Visit Linköping, Botrygg and Mannersons. 

It was a smaller, more intimate festival this…

Ten years of LKPG HA HA!

Ten years ago, I got together with Kjell Nyholm and Jessica Karlén, a couple of comedians from Kisa and put together the first ever LKPG HA HA! at Nationernas Hus in Linköping.  

I thought the anniversary was today…

All My Kamrater

I was up early this morning to be on AMK morgon. 

AMK is phenomenal. And I mean that in every sense of the word - The very fact it exists is remarkable and fantastic. It's been controversial, it's…

Tiny Little Hands

Having tiny little hands is good for only a few things: Cleaning the inside of a clarinet, clapping enthusiastically without making too much noise, knitting a scarf for a gerbil and being the president of the USA.  

All…

Never work with children or animals

They say that the first rule of filmmaking is 'Never work with children or animals'.

This is obviously ridiculous. Surely, the first rule of filmmaking is 'Don't forget to take off the lens cap'.

If you've hired…

What's on the end of the stick, Vic?

Xmas used to be all about the telly. I guess it still is to some, but now it's January it's all about catching up on the Xmas telly that I missed during the Xmas holidays. I blame the kids…

Slapstick!

2018 is here like a kick up the bum, like a custard pie in the face, like a bucket of water tipped down the pants, like fingers slammed in a sash window, like brick after brick falling onto your…