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Surprise Me

As someone working in comedy, I’m all too familiar with how comforted people are by hearing exactly what they expect to hear – think of any joke you’ve ever heard on Radio 4 – but I also know that beyond that safety, in the transcendence of surprise, bigger laughs are to be had. They just […]

Infinite Running Music: ’90s Repetitive Beats

I’ve just started a playlist on Spotify called Rob Deering’s Infinite Running Music . It is currently, er, finite, but I will be adding tunes until you won’t care. Ad infinitum, if you will; I definitely will. This week I’ve loaded it up with mainly dance music from the ’90s; for me, the link between […]

Dogzilla, more like

Don’t go and see this new Godzilla film; that’s a couple of hours you’ll never get back. ‘Why Rob?’ I hear you cry – ‘have you seen it, falling on the sword of rubbishness for all of us?’ I have not. And though my opinions on films I haven’t seen tend to be strong (Twilight […]

Parkinson’s Awareness

It’s Parkinson’s Awareness week, which is a funny old thing; definitely a worthwhile quest – Parkinson’s does sometimes feel like a forgotten condition, and some people have simplistic ideas about what it is and what it means – yet in the past, whenever I’ve talked about Parkinson’s at gigs or on Facebook or Twitter, it […]

Good Day / Bad Day

So… it’s a beautiful day; bright and crisp, slightly chilly and still. You’re well rested, you’ve been eating and drinking healthily, your running clothes are clean and make you feel sporty. Your running playlist kicks off with a classic, inspirational tune – PiL’s Rise perhaps, or Katy Perry’s Firework, whatever your preferred, er, ‘jam’ is […]

My little synaesthete

I’m looking forward to this session I’m doing at the TV Festival with Alex Horne for Audio Network. It’s called Synaesthesia, and that’s what it’s all about.   I’ve been thinking about how when I was very small every number had a colour; I don’t have this any more, but every now and then something […]

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Whoops! Zombie apocalypse

I’m not going to bother seeing World War Z, and not just because the release date was pushed back – although that is always a terrible sign; ‘hold up everyone, we need to do a couple of weeks of turd polishing’.   No, I’ll avoid it because I’m uncomfortable with zombie saturation – not on […]

A note on Mark Strong’s wonderful knack for villainy

Mark Strong is far too strong to just play villains, so I’m thankful for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and, even more virtuously, the voice of the Borrower Dad in Arrietty.   But he is, nonetheless, our finest go-to villain currently, like Alan Rickman or Claude Rains before him – and he’s great at it. Without […]

This franchise will not self-destruct in 30 seconds

Mission: Impossible 5 is in production, and I choose to accept it.   They won’t call it 5 of course – they don’t want to remind people that the franchise is nearing the end of its second decade, and that Tom Cruise will be 50 by the time it’s out. But I think they – […]

Rob Deering and son at the Virgin London Marathon Expo 2011

My thoughts on running the London Marathon after Boston

This time a fortnight ago I was reeling; after eight Central London gigs in three nights I was aglow with the wonderfulness of all those audiences. On stage the response had been great, off stage the contributions to my charity bucket – I told them all I was running the marathon for Parkinson’s UK – […]