I’m excited to be collaborating with the Hong Kong Writers Circle and Proverse Publishing on a brand new strand of podcasts exploring the timely theme of ‘Masking The City: Hong Kong in Allegory‘.

Writer Unblocked showcases original short stories, poetry, humor and music to unlock and unblock Hong Kong’s creative art and soul. While some lucky writers and artists have been feeling creatively inspired by the protests, lockdown and surreality of social distancing, others have been left feeling disconnected, drained, emotionally locked and creatively blocked.

Join me, familiar and debut voices from the Hong Kong Writers Circle and a smattering of international guests as we attempt to ease the ‘blockdown’. The series will be recorded over the summer and tie in with the publication of the HKWC’s 2020 anthology by Proverse.

Interested in showcasing your creative work? Get in touch!

Following a relatively smooth (considering the backdrop!) debut stint as a podcaster on RTHK Radio 3‘s fantabulous 123 Show, I am excited to have been invited to produce & present a brand new strand for the show!

Hong Kong Marriage Stories takes a refreshing, insightful and entertaining look at the institution of marriage and the complicated, often hilarious dynamics between two people. It may not be a fairytale (unless it’s the one where you kill an ogre with an axe and get pots of gold?) But it’s Love, Factually.

Whether you’re still in the honeymoon period or have been married for decades, whether your marriage is magic or tragic, whether you’re smugged out, bugged out or drugged out, whether social distancing has brought you closer together (ha!) or driven you to the brink of homicide, RTHK’s Miss Adventure wants your engaging and entertaining marriage stories!

Interested in taking part? Get in touch!!! You and your spouse can disagree on everything – except being interviewed by me once separately and once together. Throughout the series, listeners will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite marriage story (probably on the grounds of entertainment value, rather than durability). The winning couple will receive a ‘Hong Kong Marriage Story of The Year‘ trophy, a certificate signed by the Pope (TBA) and a romantic date night of our choosing!!!

Episode 1 of my Mental Ideas Podcast, a new weekly strand on the fantabulous Noreen Mir‘s 123 Show, aired April 2, 2020 on RTHK Radio 3!

Depression. It’s no laughing matter. Or is it? Why are so many of our best loved comedians depressed? I trance in and out exploring this tragi-hilarious topic with award-winning cartoonist, depressed humorist and best-selling author, the irrepressible Larry Feign: creator of the iconic Lily Wong comic strip published in the South China Morning Post. Larry was the first cartoonist to have a full-page spread in Time Magazine, worked in animation for Walt Disney Studios and is the international best-selling author of 15 comic books and children’s book series The Fart Brothers, which he sensibly writes under the pen name M.D. Whalen because he doesn’t want to be too closely associated with flatulence.

https://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio3/programme/1_2_3_show/episode/675344

The Mental Ideas Podcast will be back on RTHK Thursday April 9 @ 2.30pm!

More About Larry Feign!

Larry’s website

The World of Lily Wong

Larry on Wikipedia

Larry Interview – LA Times

The Fart Brothers on Amazon

Farty Facts

More Podcast Links!

The Depressed Comedian on RTHK Radio 3

The Depressed Comedian on the 123 Show

The Depressed Comedian on Podcast One

The Depressed Comedian on Apple Podcasts

The Depressed Comedian on Player FM

The Depressed Comedian on iHeart Radio

Mental Ideas Podcast in Hong Kong Buzz

If you live in Hong Kong and want to see your new Birkin bag sprayed with graffiti, then freed into the stinky dead harbor to see if it can swim, you may want to invest in one of these… 

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ONLY USD$125,000! HURRY, WHILE STOCKS LAST!!!

#FREE MY BIRKIN BAG!

My parents may be getting on a bit, but that’s still no excuse for just how badly tonight’s phone conversation went…

Them: How are you feeling?

Me: Shit.

Them: About the protests?

Me: No, about Jeffrey Epstein’s cat. COURSE about the protests.

Them: What’s the worse that could happen?

Me: Are you serious??

Them: The PLA will march in and Hong Kong will become the New Shanghai!

Me: I think you’re missing the point.

Them: Lots of people love Shanghai!

Me: Yeah, Mainlanders.

Them: No, Hongkongers move there, too! They love it!

Me: Well, if Hong Kong’s the New Shanghai, there’d be no point moving to Old Shanghai, would there? Might as well stay put.

Them: You said 15 years ago that you’d like to live in Shang.

Me: No, I said I’d like to live in THE Shang, as in Shangri-La, as in hotel, as in harbor view, as in Hong Kong, as in not in Sai Kung.

Them: Wouldn’t the protests put you off?

Me: Look, I’ve gotta go. Dog…hair…house…pants on fire.

Them: Ok, have a lovely evening!

And they call themselves Liberals.

Let's Pretend None of This Ever Happened..
I am trying…

I’ve had a quick look at the weather forecast and it seems no amount of water cannoning by the Chinese army/ Hong Kong Police/ Chinese army dressed up as Hong Kong Police/ Hong Kong Police dressed up as Protesters/ Protesters dressed up as Foreign Journalists/ Foreign Journalists dressed up as Bruce Lee Tribute Acts can compete with what Mother Nature has in store for us this week…

Weather

Even more of a dampener, every 7-11 in Hong Kong has sold out of umbrellas.

There’s been very little to make light of in Hong Kong this week. Did I really write Planes, Trains & Climate Change only a week ago, boasting of how a peaceful sit in protest at the airport had not disrupted any flights? Had I really spent much of the past year writing a comedy kids’ book called Hong Kong Has Gone!? You couldn’t make it up! Well, unfortunately, I did. Another writing project consigned to my cluttered desktop folder of Accidentally Inappropriate Doomed Self-Fulfilling Prophecies. But my helper did achieve the impossible this morning, and raise a small smile, when I saw that she had moved this rather spartan, typhoon-ravaged pot plant around (unwittingly, I think, as a devout Christian) to face like this…

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What do you see? Or is it just me?

Hong Kong Protests: At least now most people know we are in #China, not #Japan. #Silver Lining of the Day

We Are Not Here

It’s hard to predict what tomorrow’s “something new” announcement by Beijing could bring, but we could have a smarter dressed, slightly more militarized version of Neighborhood Watch in Hong Kong.

Neighborhood Watch

Nigel, Trump and Miss
Nigel, Trump and a chlorinated chicken (Miss Adventure)

So, Fake News may have had its ‘Brexit Day’ broadcast date rescheduled thrice, thanks to chaos in Westminster, but you can still feast your ears on the Fake News theme! Composed by the incredible Nick Samuel, an artist and a gentleman. It’s been a 3 year labour of love/ hate (mainly hate). But the wait could be nearly over.

FAKE NEWS THEME