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11 Jan

John  Fleming  is  a  man  of  many  talents  and  there's  no  doubt  writing  is  high  on  the  list  of  them



john-fleming-imageJohn Fleming is a man with his finger  on the pulse. He knows his stuff and has been in the game for a very  long time. I first met John when I approached him about a possible interview for my book The Glasgow Curse. Three  interviews later, as well as sitting outside in the scorching sun whilst having lunch I feel we have got to know each other quite well. Below is John’s biography, it's very extensive and all I can say  is  I am so glad to have met him!

Since 2005, John Fleming has sponsored (currently three) annual Malcolm Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. These will continue until at least 2017 (because, apart from anything else, he has already had the trophies made!). The Awards are for ‘Comic Originality’, the ‘Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid’ and a ‘Cunning Stunt’ award for best publicity stunt to publicise a Fringe act or show.


The 2014 Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show were staged in Edinburgh at 11.00pm on Friday 22nd August.

The 2011, 2012 and 2013 Awards were presented during two-hour variety shows at the Fringe. At the 2013 Fringe, Johnjohn-fleming-image also chaired five chat shows about comedy. At the 2011 Fringe, he chaired two debates about the comedy industry… and organised two spaghetti-juggling contests.

At the Fringe in 2010, John produced three comedy shows: It Is Rocket Science! V2 (later revamped as a Radio 4 series), Keen & Khan: Starstruck! (with comedian Helen Keen & former NASA astrophysicist Dr Sophia Khan) and Free Until Famous with Lewis Schaffer (he is still free but still not famous).

In 2009, John produced two Fringe shows – Helen Keen’s The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival and a 90-minute charity show Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! – It’s Bollock Relief! – The Malcolm Hardee Award Show. He was also consultant on two comedy shows: Aindrias de Staic’s The Summer I Did The Leaving and Lewis Schaffer’s Bigger and Blacker.

2007-2010 John was talent consultant for New York entertainment company Green Room Presents. Through them, he was also consultant for two off-Broadway venues: the Bleecker Street Theatre and the Green Room venue. John is currently UK consultant for New York based entertainment company Inbrook.


John Fleming wrote godfather of alternative comedy Malcolm Hardee’s autobiography I Stole Freddie Mercury’s Birthday Cake and, for Random House, edited both Scots comedian Janey Godley’s autobiography Handstands in the Dark and Sit-Down Comedy, an anthology of new stories by 19 stand-up comedians. Many moons ago he also contributed to the anthology Anatomy of the Movies with director Martin Scorsese, actor Donald Sutherland et al.


In ancient days, John was Film Section Editor of the hippie newspaper International Times and later wrote interviews/features for the likes of House of Hammer, House of Horror, Screen International and Starburst magazines and The Movie and The Photo partworks. Online, the Indian news site We Speak News carries regular pieces by John and he used to blog for the Huffington Post until they got too bureaucratic.


In 2010, John financed the controversial British movie Killer Bitch - the screen debut of cage fighter Alex Reid (ex-Mr Katie Price).


John was a writer/producer/director of on-screen TV promotions for 20 years, working for UK, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Irish, Norwegian and Swedish channels. He was also making press & marketing tapes for most and promoting/ marketing channel launches in the Czech Republic, Ireland and the UK. He has been on the production teams of various UK entertainment shows – usually finding new talent – including Tiswas, Game For a Laugh, Surprise Surprise, The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross and Jack Dee’s Saturday Night; among other shows, he produced The Last Laugh with Jerry Sadowitz.


John built and looks after Janey Godley’s website and, in the past, has built and web mastered sites for comedians Ricky Grover, Jeff Innocent and Ian Watt as well as scriptwriter Nigel Crowle, eccentric inventor John Ward, author Cass Pennant, DVD company Gangster Videos, art/literary site Con Artists etc


Along the way, John has also worked for BBC News, ITN, written a comedy obituary for The Independent and written questions for a children’s game show on Basque TV in Spain…


TV shows, TV promotion/marketing, station launches, written for magazines, edited books, staged variety shows, financed a film, blog; been arrested by the Syrian Army in Beirut; cannot juggle cooked spaghetti…all these things should be more than enough reason for you to follow John Fleming’s blog So it goes


Below  is  a picture of John and me taken after the Edinburgh Fringe, August 2014.



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