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Howdy!

First up, if you're looking for my brand new (free!) NOTES FOR BOOK CLUBS/SMALL GROUPS (hello churches), based on my festive history book Hark! The Biography of Christmas, click that link. It's all there, in both a one-off book group format, and a 5-session church small group type format too. Have a look, and if it's for you/your group, get stuck into the history of Christmas this Nov/Dec, and ponder why we do what we do. If you know someone in a book club or church small group, send 'em that link by all means!

Second up, I've got a brand new podcast with Audible Original, called CHRISTMAS: WHAT THE FALALALALA?, landing December 6th 2019. More details here. It's me and Grace Dent nattering about everything Christmassy, with me occasionally doing deep-dives into festive past. Plus great guests: Zaltzman, Porter, Keaveny, Bell, Nawaz, Jones... Discover their first names, plus lots about Christmas, by listening. You can only catch it on Audible, but a free trial of Audible awaits you at this link - even if you've had one before, so long as it's not in the past 12mths. Do it! Speak to you then.

My 3rd children's book is now out too - Joe's Bros & The Bus That Goes, published by SPCK and fabulously illustrated as ever by The Pope Twins! Book 4 is out next year - ooh...

Other things: I'm still standing-up aplenty. Book me, by all means. See the Contact page.

I'm writing things including books, telly pitches, my blog about writing (formerly my Yule blog), regular articles for Surrey Life and Reform magazines, Pauses for Thought for Radio 2, plays like Three Wise Men, Carpenter's Dozen... and other stuff.

If you fancy booking me, either for year-round stand-up, or my touring festive historical talk based on the Christmas history book, or a comedy writing workshop, get in touch via the Contact link.

I'm hosting occasional Sunday Breakfast shows on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey, and for when I'm not on that, there's my podcast, with guests ranging from Miranda Hart to Jimmy Cricket to Tim Vine to my kids. Do subscribe, rate and review to help us (well me - there's no one else) out... or we're on www.heptagonclub.co.uk if you're not iTunesy.

Best way of keeping in touch with my ongoings is to join the mailing list - I only send stuff every month or two, and you won't be spammed or owt. Join up if you'd like updates, and you can unsubscribe easily and automatedly without the embarrassment of having to say it to my face (though you can do that too). Oh and I've just joined Instagram! Follow me there, g'wan.

You may occasionally hear me on BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show, with a Pause For Thought at 9:20am. You can hear all and any Pause For Thoughts, from me and others, chronologically amassed here. I try and put when these will be on my Twitter and Facebook pages, and also on my monthly email updates.

I'm doing less stand-up lately due to lots more writing work - recent-ish things have included The Royal Variety Performance, Top Gear, TFI Friday, Not Going Out, Miranda, and lots of things you've never heard of. The best way of keeping across these projects is to follow me on Twitter, and on Facebook, or joining the mailing list.

You're a movie geek? Try my unique movie trivia site - The Movie Timeline. It's a timeline of every event in every film ever. It also needs a makeover, but the trivia titbits are there.

I must give credit to my good pals Jon and Russ for making and feeding this site, and while I'm here let me reciprocate by plugging moviemistakes.com.

PAUL KERENSA - RECORD-BREAKER!...

The writer of the first joke on the last episode of the longest-running topical sketch show of all time...!

Ok. The News Huddlines on BBC Radio 2 is the longest-running topical sketch show of all time. Till it stopped, as soon as I joined. But on its last episode - the 2001 Christmas special - the first joke was mine. Hence, record validated.

The only bellybuttonless comedian in the world!

Ok. I have no navel. Neither did Alfred Hitchcock. Neither did Adam. Long story. So that's for another day. As far as I'm aware, no either stand-up comic in the world lacks a bellybutton. A navelless maths comedian. I've found my niche. Hence, record validated.

The first person in 20 years to beat the gong at London's Comedy Store!

Ok. The Comedy Store was one of only 2 clubs I ever went to as a comedy punter, so I thought it would be cool to play there, say, within my first 100 gigs. It was gig no.99 - the revival of the infamous Gong Show, previously banned because of its detrimental effect on comedy. Still, it's a good way of seeing lots of new acts at once, no matter how shit they are. There was about 40 of us on that first night in January 2002... I was on about 15th. So the audience had had some blood, seen some dross and were ready to be tickled. Five minutes of quick-gags/no-long-build-ups later - job done. Hence, record validated.

PAUL KERENSA - TOO MUCH FREE TIME!...

If you know your UK live comedians, click on the Comedy Tube Map to see a selection of the best, laid out as you'd never thought anyone would bother trying to before. Click on it and it'll make sense. Maybe.

PAUL KERENSA - AVAILABLE!...

If you are reading this as a booker, producer or anyone else who would like to throw some work my way, there are agent details at the top of the page, or contact me directly via the e-mail contact form.

Nuff said. Kerensa out.