The Velvet Onion was launched in January 2010. The site provides promotion for a range of comedians, actors, musicians and other creative practitioners who frequently collaborate as part of an unnamed, unofficial collective.
Working directly with artists, agents, PR companies and press officers, myself and my team deliver regular updates and exclusive content, and maintain a strong social media presence – @thevelvetonion has over 12,000 fans on Twitter alone.
At present, we are in planning stages to overhaul the site – with Version 2.0 bringing a structural refresh and a raft of new and exclusive features, in-depth archives and stronger integration with our fanbase and webstores. This is planned for Summer 2015.
Notable TVO Achievements
- Ran and successfully promoted a star-studded live night in Shepherd’s Bush, May 2012.
- Filmed exclusively behind the scenes on the set of Series 1 of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, with resulting footage utilised in the official Channel 4 making of documentary.
- Granted press exclusivity on Series 2 of Luxury Comedy, with a more in-depth documentary released online in 2014.
- Involved with the production and promotion of The Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton, working with publisher Canongate and authors Noel Fielding & Dave Brown to generate fan content, competitions, interviews and video reports.
- Shot promotional in-character spoof interview with Alice Lowe & Antony Elvin as cult folk duo Hot Brew in 2011.
- Interviewed a wide variety of stars, including Richard Ayoade, Ben Wheatley, Paul Kaye, Katy Brand, Simon Day, Rhys Thomas, Matt Berry, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Tony Way, Colin Hoult, Steve Oram, Morgana Robinson, Dan Skinner and The Mighty Boosh.
- Various downloadable content including calendars, posters and exclusive mp3 downloads.
- Succesful ‘Takeover’ weeks for Sightseers, Luxury Comedy, Mongrels, The IT Crowd and more.
TVO has made major contributions to promotional campaigns including:
- Television and Radio: Luxury Comedy, House of Fools, Mongrels, Brian Pern, The IT Crowd, Man vs Ride, Alice’s Wunderland, Carnival of Monsters, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
- Film: Sightseers, A Field in England, The Harry Hill Movie, Submarine, Bunny and the Bull
- Print: The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton, Brenda Monk is Funny, Tiny Acts of Rebellion
- West End: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, The Ladykillers, Holes
- Edinburgh Fringe: Rich Fulcher, Colin Hoult, Paul Foot, Rachel Stubbings
- London Comedy Scene: The Forgery Club, Spank!, Kill Phil, The Mighty Boosh, Sarah Kendall
For more information, visit www.thevelvetonion.com
For more videos, visit our YouTube channel.