Well, what can I say? Those who follow me on twitter know that I have difficulty limiting myself to 140 characters or less. Well away from the cyber world and inviting the real world in to make one of its increasingly rare guest appearances, I can publicly announce that the secret is out. Yes I have been ‘outed’. There are two of us, or maybe three. As my late mother used to say, “Us three make a fine pair if ever there was one!” Me the consultant, writer and occasional blogger, known and loved by many (Note to Editor: Check facts before publication) and my alter-ego Mr Bobby Nitro.
Last night I made my Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival debut, delivering a thirty minute set as part of the Square Mile Smiles Showcase. Leicester is one of the top five comedy festivals in the world according to the Guardian and it was a sell-out.
I’ve fought the ‘outing’ for a while. Don’t worry I’m not buy-sexual, I don’t pay for it! I was in two minds for long enough about the day job meeting the after-hours job but clients should fear not. Names are always changed to protect the guilty. So if you are that Whitehall mandarin and you’re worried about that ‘pickle’ that you got yourselves into before you invited me in to help-out (you know the one that was so bizarrely unbelievable that no-one would ever believe it) you’re safe! (clears throat).
So I’m now featured on the UK’s largest promotional website for comedians, appearing alongside the likes of Peter Kay and fellow goldbug Dominic Frisby (though it is a well documented fact on Kitco that all of my gold was lost in that boating accident!). As the promo piece on Bobby Nitro says, “Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads”. Well in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king (I lost my left eye on a ’visit’ to Israel via Dhekelia Garrison eons ago).
I’ll be interested to see where the published article takes us, opportunities or repercussions? Whatever the outcome, there is only one individual behind the mask and he continues to be driven by integrity and positive intent. So your criticalfriend slays dragons, tilts at windmills and does ‘stand-up’ too but he remains a trusted advisor, he just needs to vent occasionally.
“‘Bobby Nitro’ is the alter-ego of management consultant, writer, satirist and mentor Andrew Hutchinson. As the founder of criticalfriend.eu, featured on BBC Radio 4′s World at One, he has mixed with academics, politicians and entrepreneurs whilst working for household names and government departments. As a tested after-dinner speaker, for an informed and educational take on leadership, management, the economy, politics or the stories behind the headlines, Andrew has a growing reputation for providing a unique take on events which is both challenging and thought provoking, as he educates and entertains with positive intent. With a wealth of material to draw upon he has, by popular demand, added stand-up sets to his offering enabling him to push the boundaries even further as he satirizes and ridicules his paymasters. Names are changed to protect the guilty.
He believes in ‘working to live’ and not ‘living to work’ and you are just as likely to find him jamming with a French rock band in Burgundy, doing stand-up comedy in Budapest or delivering after-dinner speeches in Sweden, as you are in the boardroom.”
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