I can talk to the animals. This horse told me a joke. It wasn’t funny and it was very racist against donkeys. I laughed nervously.
So, Steven McDade, or as he’s known to me; me, what can I say about me, er, him?
His life began, as humble as you could possibly imagine, living in an orphanage before he was even born. Suffering with hunger, he approached his master, bowl in hand, and said “Please, sir, I want some more”.
Wait, I think that’s Oliver Twist. I’m always getting myself mixed up with musical characters. (I once spent a summer in the roof of a theatre thinking I was the Phantom Of The Opera)
Here’s the real tale …
When I was 20, I decided to study performing arts at Edinburgh’s Telford College, and spent 18 happy months there.
I had never done any acting up to that point and I can’t even recall going to the theatre to see a show, but I loved it, and even got to play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
Telford College is also where I met my other half, Gillian, and she’s every bit as important to my story as I am myself (Gill’s in my sitcom pilot Dramatics, and she’s a top notch actress in waiting in her own right).
I wanted to do more than just act. I wanted to create, write, direct and make websites (even before I knew the internet existed. I was well before my time).
So what did I do? Well, I waited about 18 years before starting to try to make my dream come true. Sure, some things happened in the interim, but let’s not worry about those things.
Arriving in 2011, I picked up the only comedy script I had ever written over the years, and created the sitcom, Dramatics, from it.
Since then I have continued to write comedy scripts, which I hope will get made one day. By professionals. With a budget.
“But why comedy?”, I don’t hear you ask.
Well, I was never the funny kid at school (some say I’m not that funny an adult) but at college I realised I could make people laugh. It’s not too bad an ambition, wanting to make people happy, is it now?
So, here we are in 2015 (or 2020 if I haven’t updated this page in a while) and my comedy game Mister Smith & His Adventures is next up in funny making order.
Please have a look at Mister Smith – it would be very appreciated.
If you want to get in touch, please contact me as I’d love to hear from you!
All the best,