John Fleming

John Fleming comedy blogger, TV and stage producer, ghostwriter/editor


I write a blog publicising interesting and sometimes quirky creative people and their work - often with humour -


From 2005 to 2017, I sponsored the annual Malcolm Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. The Awards (which still continue) 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.


2005-2017, I staged an annual two-hour Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show at the Edinburgh Fringe. I have also, over 20 years, produced comedy shows at the Fringe.

2007-2010 I was talent consultant for New York entertainment company Green Room Presents. Through them, I was also consultant for two off-Broadway venues and UK consultant for New York based entertainment company Inbrook.


I 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 I also myself contributed to the anthology "Anatomy of the Movies" with director Martin Scorsese, actor Donald Sutherland et al.


In ancient days, I was Film Section Editor of the hippie newspaper "International Times” and later wrote interviews/features for the likes of "House of Hammer", “Hammer’s House of Horror", "Screen International" and “Starburst" magazines and for "The Movie" and "The Photo" partworks. Online. I used to blog for the UK edition of the "Huffington Post” and for Indian news site We Speak News.


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


I was a writer/producer/director of on-screen TV promotions for 20 years, working for UK, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Irish, Norwegian and Swedish channels, also making press & marketing tapes for most and promoting/ marketing channel launches in the Czech Republic, Ireland and the UK… I have 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, I produced "The Last Laugh with Jerry Sadowitz".


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

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