I don’t think many people can say that they started their career because of a comedy show, but I can. It was being a fan of the shows Red Dwarf and Brittas Empire that sparked my interest in psychology: understanding someone’s mind and psyche. The usage of actual psychological research is very cleverly weaved into the storylines of both shows to explain the characters and their behaviour. TV shows so very well researched, written and performed are hard to come by these days.
The other reason for my interest in psychology is simple: I have a desire for helping, giving advise and sensing what someone needs I also love finding solutions for peoples problems. My love for helping others stems from going through many a horror in my own life over the years. These experiences help me to sense other peoples pain.
I have been a comedy writer for most of my life. I started in the late ’90’s, also working as a stand-up and was in touch with Paul Jackson back then about a comedy series I’d written set in a drag club which would star Rik Mayall. Due to some bad things happening: Rik’s horrible accident followed by setbacks in my own life it sadly went no-where.
After that I created various stand-up comedy shows that revolved around asexuality and making people aware of what it is in a funny way. I also begun work as a psychologist and counselling columnist.
I am now in the middle of various projects, including two sitcoms a sci fi book and developing a writer’s project set in another universe. It’s about the adventures of a psychology professor with alien technology in his brain and his best friend a black civil servant who grew up together in the most bizarre of circumstances. Together with their strange team they try to protect an alternative London 5 years from ours from a conspiracy between the government and a group of aliens. The interesting thing is that while I kick of the storyline, lots of people can join to add their stories or write blogs as the characters, making it seem almost real.
In the future I hope to return as my online comedy character Johnny Barrie in The Lonely Man Guide. It is still very much in it’s infancy.
I also hope to find enough information to write a book chronicling the life and career of Rik Mayall.
If you reach out to people through the written word, I might just reach a certain person that needs to hear the words I have written. If I can give hope to someone, then that is all that matters.