"The Freewheeling John Dowie”,my memoir about stand-up comedy and cycling, is being published by the crowd-funding, and has now reached its target figure. Editing is now underway, but pledges are still welcome. To find out more, read an excerpt and watch a video featuring the voice-over talents of the superb Barry Cryer, please click here 


Mr  Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Halo Jones and much more, including the new novel Jerusalem (bigger than the Bible apparently) was given an advance copy of my book and very kindly wrote the following:

“John Dowie is the archaeopteryx of alternative comedy, in that the fossil record makes no sense without him. Now, with The Freewheeling John Dowie, this appallingly funny and delightfully miserable man delivers hard-won insights into the great cycle of life and love and death from the vantage point of a great cycle. In this marvellous book, one of the most important comic voices of our time explores Britain, Europe and his own life in the effortless glide that comes with any downhill journey. I genuinely cannot recommend this cornucopia of middle-England majesty too highly.” Alan Moore

To which I say "God bless him". And all who share it.

A Podcast

I can be heard chatting away - and at length - with Robin Ince & Josie Long at They are lively, witty and intelligent people so it’s well worth turning in and ignoring me.


Those who like to listen to clapped-out former comedians banging on and on about themselves for what seems like hours can do so by simple clicking here. The interview is conducted by Martin Walker for and he is a very pleasant, witty and articulate man. When he can get a word in. 


Not working. Not writing. Not performing. Not Twittering. Not on Facebook. Not on Radio. Not on TV. Not doing game shows, chat shows, list shows, grumpy-old whatever shows. Not doing quiz shows. Not doing adverts. Not doing voice-overs for insurance companies/banks/supermarkets/dodgy yogurts. Not going to Edinburgh. Not competing for prizes, awards or anyone's attention. Not pontificating in newspapers. Not pontificating on Pontiffs. Not banging on about my religion or lack of it. Not listening to music on leaky headphones. Not chewing gum with my mouth open. Not walking about clutching cardboard cup of coffee. Not walking about eating. Not walking about with my top off displaying ugly tattoos/piercing/nipples. Not using the word Issue when I mean Problem. Not using the word Fantastic when I mean Good. Not yammering on a mobile phone for two hours between Norwich and London while sitting in the Quiet Zone. Not in a relationship. Not bothered. Not worried. Not getting any younger. Not living in the real world. Hopeful. © John Dowie 2013