Hostess with the Mostess

Mostess IS a word.

Alongside djing, I do a spot of hosting. Quizzes, (Rave) Karaoke and the odd cabaret show. Am doing 2 x turns of thus this week. First up, Karaoke!

This Thursday 12th May at the marvellous 76 Dean Street Soho House, will be hosting Pop Masters Karaoke from 9.30pm for all the show offs of Soho to belt out some bangers. God, I love alliteration. I know it’s quite naff but then, I AM quite naff…

Anyhoo, it’s packed full of pop favourites for nearly-the-weekend fun. It’s free! If you’re a member. So become one quick or find someone who is and come and have a sing.









Hosting part two is Friday 13th May for the fantastic Alternative Eurovision at the glorious London Wonderground. I LOVE DOING THIS SHOW. It’s my fourth year as compere and it is the MOST fun. Ten top cabaret stars adopt a country from the fine singing union and represent them in their very own original song and style, for Alt Euro GLORY. It’s daft, it’s silly, it definitely contains nudity AND swearing and is the perfect warm up for the real deal on Saturday night as well as being a pretty perfect Friday night out!



And here’s a lovely piece those people at This Is Cabaret wrote about it. They speak 100% TRUTHS


I went to Barcelona last Friday to play Razzmatazz. It was ACE. Always is. Was home before I knew it and djing up The Shard. That’s not a euphemism, one would never be so coarse. I was djing up at the very top of the Shard. It’s terrifyingly high and the toilets don’t have blinds and it’s like doing a wee in the Thames. If that doesn’t sell it to you, then nothing will.

It’s dead sunny and warm here, hope it is with you. BYE.

The Final Wow

Last WOW Show tomorrow at London Wonderground. SIGH. Have really enjoyed doing this. I don’t want it to go yet. There’s still so much we can do together. We’ve only just got to know each other and now we are to be parted. Such cruelty.

One shall be fighting back the emotions and trying not to fall over as I introduce and chat to this lovely lot from 9.30pm on Wednesday 3rd September:


Yes, he’s been on before, but he was so entertaining he’s coming back. A juggler. A dapper juggler at that. As well as good at lobbing stuff about quit elegantly, he’s also very witty and gives good chat. Last time he told us about juggling a cat. Let’s see if he can top that tomorrow. Read more about Florian here


Not his actual name. Well, Javier is, but the rest of it is a description for what he does. He’s very nimble with a deck of cards. Years spent alone in a bedroom apparently. It’s ninja-like in how quick he is and also how cool it looks. Because ninjas are cool. Even the teenage mutant turtle ones. If you can’t wait to feast your eyes upon him tomorrow, then have a look at him here.


Paul Thorne is a comedian for those of you who don’t know. For those of you who don’t know what a comedian is, it’s a person who tells jokes and amusing stories to make you laugh. And this is a proper job. As long as you’re good at it of course. Luckily Paul is otherwise he wouldn’t be with us. You can catch him at the Comedy Store weekly as well as around the country in various venues. FInd out more about Paul here


The line up is completed by our in-house band of breaking brothers who are set to get you jiggy in your seat with their dazzling display of dancing that’ll make you want to jump up and join them. Luckily we usually let one lucky audience member come up and see if they can pick up the basics to be a b-boy or girl. We don’t expect you to spin on your head though. We don’t want you to brain yourselves. See more of them here

And that’s it! See you tomorrow at the beautiful speigeltent for the final hurrah! Or WOW as I should say.


This week’s WOW

This isn’t about some discount offer or fitness tip. No, it’s about the WOW show, a little variety / chat show I’ve been hosting down at London Wonderground. This Wednesday 20th is our fourth show, why not join us and witness talented types do clever stuff with their bodies and brains? Tickets right here


That’s a good name isn’t it? I am hoping it’s her real name, will be sorely disappointed if she’s called Karen Smith in real life. Not that there’s anything wrong with being called Karen Smith, but it’s a little less pizazzy than Aurora Galore. I’m called Anna Greenwood, so really I have no grounds to talk about names. But this isn’t about me, it’s about Aurora and her burlesque, fire breathing, tattoo’d amazingness. Get a taste of her here 


Joe Lycett is a comedian. That means he tells jokes for coin. Not a bad life. As long as you’re good at it, otherwise if you’re not very funny then you won’t be able to afford food and clothes. Or you just get another job so you can afford said things. Joe doesn’t need another job because he has one and it keeps him fed and non-naked. You may have seen him on the telly. He’s also Attitude’s 57th hottest man, a position he won on total merit of sexiness, not at all to do with cajoling fans on Twitter and Facebook to vote. Not at all. More of Joe here


Emma-Louise is a hula hooping, all dancing super skills performer. She’ll be wowing yus with her hooping about her body on Wednesday. Look at how bendy she is. Or maybe that’s how she moves around; one two hands and one foot rather than two feet as other able-bodied humans do. Maybe it’s a result from all that bending that this is the only position she’s comfy in. All this and more will be found out this week! See Emma on Facebook here. You can be her friend too if you want.


They’re our resident b-boys. They can disco dance like no other. A team of hot-stepping, head-spinning, windmill-whirring men who can throw themselves about a stage in a manner that is rhythmic, impressive and rather exciting. Most of us can’t even do one of those things, or we think we can do ALL after a few pints of confidence on a Friday night. Most of us will fail. And knacker an elbow or limb. They won’t and don’t. Damn them. Check them out on Facebook here

They\ll be performing, I’ll be chatting to them and keeping the whole shebang running and you will be sitting in wonder and possibly participating. Sound good? Great! Starts at 9,30pm in a glorious speigeltent on London’s Southbank. Join us!




The WOW Show is BACK tomorrow (Wednesday 6th) at London Wonderground. A cabaret-come-chat show with me as your host. It starts at 9.30pm and you can get a ticket here And whom will be taking to the stage to give you a mid-week wallop of wonder? Why these talented types:

Florian Brooks

Florian Brooks is a juggler. He is very good at it though. Better than when your dad tries it with clementines at Christmas. Florian performs all over the world with his skills and most peoples’ dads’ don’t get that fair with their fruit tossing. Not sure if juggling is considered tossing though, elegant throwing? Chucking with panache? No doubt I will get answers on these matters tomorrrow. Read and see more of Florian here 

Delores Deluxe

Delores Deluxe. What a great name. Am hoping it’s her real one and not a stage name. Even if it isn’t her real name am going to continue to think it is. She’s a one woman cabaret star – singer, magician, burlesque-er, hostess, actress – she can turn her hand to all. She also set up and runs the Kitten Club,  cabaret night that preceded (pioneered?) the cabaret revival and scene in London town. Read about it and Delores here

Greg Burns

Greg Burns is a comedian and a dj. He is on the airwaves presenting Capital’s drive time show, rather than the djing kind that I do. Although he may do that too. I am not 100% sure. Not even 10% tbh. Perhaps I can ask him this so I can be 100% in my Greg Burns djing facts. Greg will be in the guise of comedian tomorrow rather than presenting his radio show on stage. He doesn’t have a website (from what I can find, again we can find the truth tomorow) but you can follow him on Twitter here 

One Motion Crew

One Motion Crew are a collective of dancers. Not high kicking or ballroom ones; they’re breakers and body poppers. A troupe of high energy b-boys who can throw themselves about the place in a rhythmically amazing way. Where most of us would end up with dislocated elbows and neck-knack, they effortlessly spin, windmill and whirl about, flexing limb and muscle in a fierce frenzy that’ll have you bouncing in your seat. Read more about them here 

See you all there tomorrow in our Speigeltent on the Southbank




I’m going to be hosting a few shows down at that glorious Southbank-housed Speigeltent, London Wonderground. It’s called the WOW Show. Because it’s just AMAZING. Or should I say, WOW. It also stands for Wonderground On Wednesdays, but if you make out it’s the greatest thing ever people totally buy into it, don’t they? So OMG WOW !!! it is.


The first one is Wednesday 9th at 9.30pm. It’s a variety / chat show, with talented types appearing as well as highlighting how splendid London is with its cultutral offerings and characters and so forth. I’d really like Danny Dyer to be on it. If someone could help make that happen that would be great thanks.

But until my date with DYER-stiny, appearing on the debut show will be the following super talented, multi-national souls:

Miss Cakehead – she is a creative director / pr wizard and bonkers food curator, inventor of the Depressed Cake Shop (highlighting mental health via the medium of cake – all cakes were grey) as well as more frightening horror cakes, gynecological cakes as well as a host of other non-food but equally amazing stunts and projects. We’ll be finding out what makes her tick, how she gets her ideas and if she’s sick to death of cake yet. Read about her here

Glenn Wool – he is a comedian. From Canada no less. See told you it was international. Glen is very funny, which is a good job seeing as what his job is. He also has a resplendant ‘tache which he has been rocking looong before the hipsters started paying attention to facial hair. He actually has quite a lot of hair. Very healthy looking it is too. We’ll be getting a previe of his Edinburgh show as well as finding out how he keeps them locks so shiny. Read about him here

Javier Jarquin – he is a card ninja. What’s one of them then? Well he’s dead good with cards and doing tricks. Not birthday cards, although to befair he probably is good at those too. More playing cards. And not just snap either. He can make your eyes go wonky with his tricks and make you question reality itself. Not bad for something you can get for £1.99 hey? Cheaper than drugs! Also he can do high kicks that are more impressive than most showgirls. See more of him here

Sammy Dinneen – he is an acrobat / dancer and very, very good at balancing on his hands. Yeah whatevs you may think, but have you tried to do a handstand since you were 8 years old? It’s not easy. He makes it look a doddle though not to mention elegant and entertaining. Don’t try this at home mind, especially after the pub. You very well may brain yourself. We’ll be seeing how not to brain yourself on the night. See more of him here 

The next shows will be on 23rd July, 6th & 20th August & 3rd September. Check out the listings on the Wonderground site for line up, or even on here if I get my act together. Imagine.

Hope to see you there




Competition o’clock


I’ve got a dead good competition for you. It’s not rubbish, it’s 100% real and 100% ace.

It’s a first for me to offer you such riches so don’t hesitate in taking advantage.

You can win two tickets to see the amazing Meow Meow at London Wonderground for her three week run starting this week. Tomorrow in fact, 20th May until 8th June. Here she is, looking fabzz.

Meow Meow: Big fan of dairy

Not heard of the kamikaze Cabaret superstar that is Meow Meow? OH YOU GIANT PHILISTINE, etc. Read about her here. If you haven’t heard of her then you’re in for a treat, if you have then you know already: I speak the truth, it IS a treat.

I saw her a few years ago at Edinburgh Festival and it was quite frankly one of the best things I have ever seen with my eyes. She’s funny, she’s clever, she’s dead good at singing, she’s quite a bit crackers, she’s got some top frocks and is all in all, a one-woman wonder.

Here’s what the papers have said about her:

‘There are not many women who can stun an audience into pin-drop silence with an exquisitely delivered torch song one moment and rock the rafters with laughter the next. Meow Meow is that rare combination – devilish funny bones and heavenly vocal chords.’
★★★★★The Evening Standard

‘Witness the birth of a new star…She is sensational’
★★★★★ The Times

That’s good isn’t it? So, you really should enter and win yourself some free five star action.

Ready? Ok, then answer the following question:

Meow Meow starred in The Umbrella’s Of Cherbourg in London’s West End in March 2011. What theatre did the show play in?

A)   The Apollo Theatre

B)    The Shaftesbury Theatre

C)   The Gielgud Theatre

Email the answer and your details to with MEOW MEOW in the title and maybe you will be the winner! I do hope so. I think you deserve it more than anyone.



Terms and conditions

Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. Winner receives a pair of tickets see Meow Meow at the London Wondergound for any Monday – Friday performance. Over 18’s only. Tickets to be collected at the box office with no cash alternative. Tickets are subject to availability and cannot be resold or transferred to another performance. Competition is run by boom ents.