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Joz Norris


Fruit Salad Therapy Tapes

I write a (more or less) weekly newsletter about comedy, art, creativity and other stuff that floats through my mind. It has a really lovely engaged readership who I love exchanging ideas with. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s thoughtful, sometimes it’s just a place to provide creative accountability for a community of other makers! Do feel free to delve in and join us. The community is over at Substack, where you can subscribe to the newsletter and join the chat, but I’ve archived every issue here for the sake of completism.

Browse the 143 Fruit Salad Therapy Tapes below.

Tape 83: Small Worlds & Big Worlds

  • Tape 83: Small Worlds & Big Worlds

Small Worlds & Big Worlds Ok, first up, I’m very sorry about the formatting in this newsletter lately. What the hell’s been going on? I’ll bet you’ve all been wondering. A few weeks ago, in this newsletter, Mailchimp seemed to delete all the spacing after I’d sent the email, despite it looking fine in preview. “Yuck!” I shouted […]

Tape 82: Repeating Ideas

  • Tape 82: Repeating Ideas

Repeating Ideas I joined TikTok. I didn’t want to, but everybody kept telling me I wasn’t allowed to complain about not knowing where the next bit of work would come from, as I did in this Tape a couple of weeks ago, if I wasn’t putting my work out there on every possible platform where people […]

Tape 81: Dinner Time Update

  • Tape 81: Dinner Time Update

Dinner Time Update   As I wrote about in this Tape a few weeks ago, in October I launched a creative residency with Vault Creative Arts alongside collaborators and dear pals Ben Target and Miranda Holms. We’ve staged two nights of sharings at the Glitch in Lower Marsh. “How’ve they been going?” I’m sure you’re all wondering. Well, I thought I’d feed […]

Tape 80: Your Rhythm; The World’s Rhythm

  • Tape 80: Your Rhythm; The World’s Rhythm

Your Rhythm; The World’s Rhythm   This week, a few thoughts on creative rhythms, and getting them to line up. In order to talk about it, I’m going to have to allow myself to be more pessimistic than I usually aim to be in these newsletters, or at least to give voice to a period […]

Tape 79: Wilson v Springsteen

  • Tape 79: Wilson v Springsteen

Wilson v Springsteen: A Lesson In Authenticity Firstly, a big hello to all the new subscribers since last week! I’ve been growing this newsletter community for nearly 2 years now, and everything I read online about growing a newsletter suggested you eventually reach a sort of tipping point where the community starts to gather its […]

Tape 78: The Death Of Twitter

  • Tape 78: The Death Of Twitter

The Death of Twitter So, it’s finally happened. Twitter is dying. I won’t go into the ins and outs of how and why it’s dying – for anybody reading this who doesn’t know the broad strokes of it, you can give it a quick Google and it should be fairly easy to catch up with […]

Tape 77: Idea Generation

  • Tape 77: Idea Generation

How To Come Up With A New Idea – Making The Philosophical Literal I’m back with a quick creative prompt this week, which might be of interest to the fellow writers out there. As I’ve been documenting in these newsletters lately, I have been spending the last few weeks: A. Winding down from a period of […]

Tape 76: Personal Narratives vs User-Generated Shows

  • Tape 76: Personal Narratives vs User-Generated Shows

User-Generated Entertainment As I mentioned in last week’s Tape, I’m crawling back into Input Mode, where I start to take in ideas that might eventually turn into Output projects, having just put two big long-form projects to bed. As such, the Tapes are probably set to become a bit more free-wheeling and all over the place […]

Tape 75: Returning To Input Mode

  • Tape 75: Returning To Input Mode

Returning To Input Mode First up, a confession – I’ve been conscious over the last few weeks that the Therapy Tapes had slightly morphed, seemingly against my will, into something they were never intended to be, in that they felt to me like they were coming to resemble a traditional newsletter concerned largely with letting […]

Tape 74: Plot Holes & Nitpicks

  • Tape 74: Plot Holes & Nitpicks

Plot Holes & Nitpicks Last week I mentioned that I’d been to see Don’t Worry Darling and thought it was really good and I didn’t really understand why it was getting such bad press. I won’t expand on that here, because I’ve now heard from plenty of people who hated it and don’t understand how I could […]

Tape 73: Targeted Priorities

  • Tape 73: Targeted Priorities

Targeted Priorities As any readers familiar with the inner workings of the comedy industry will know, the comedy year tends to run on an academic calendar, with September being the end of the yearly cycle and the start of the next one, thanks to the significance of the Edinburgh Fringe within comedy. This September, I’ve […]

Tape 72: Dinner Time!

  • Tape 72: Dinner Time!

Dinner Time! In last week’s Tape I briefly mentioned a new collaborative project/night from myself, Miranda and Ben, called Dinner Time! (you can book tickets here!) so I thought this week I’d say a bit more about it. In August I was lucky enough to be offered a monthly residency by VAULT Creative Arts (the organisation behind VAULT Festival, among other things) at their new venue, […]

Tape 71: The Dream Factory Part 2

  • Tape 71: The Dream Factory Part 2

The Dream Factory: Part 2 So, where was I? In last week’s Tape I started taking the wraps off The Dream Factory, the sitcom project I’ve been making with Miranda Holms (co-writer) and Steve Doherty (producer) for BBC Radio 4 over the last year-and-a-half and haven’t yet said that much about in this newsletter as I wanted to wait until its existence […]

Tape 70: The Dream Factory

  • Tape 70: The Dream Factory

The Dream Factory Good news! It’s finally time for me to stop sending newsletters on the theme of “Things the Edinburgh Fringe made me think about this year!” (Although I’ve realised I’ve not done a run-down of recommendations of my favourite shows I saw, so maybe I’ll do that at some point). But today I’m […]

Tape 69: The Edinburgh Comedy Award & Short Runs

  • Tape 69: The Edinburgh Comedy Award & Short Runs

The Edinburgh Comedy Award & Short Runs I mentioned last week that some of my more scattered thoughts from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe might bleed out into subsequent newsletters, and I also mentioned that I had a lot of thoughts on the discussion of short runs that followed on from Sam Campbell’s Edinburgh Comedy Award win. So […]

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