Month: February 2016

NewsJack Episode 3 Submission – Update

So I attended the recording. They just let people in all at once as I think they had low audience numbers. We managed to get front row seats and it wasn’t long before the show began.

Nish did a brilliant opening monologue and the show got off to a strong start.

And then it happened. One of the cast said the following as part of breaking news.

Maths standards today are down compared to the 1960’s marking a sharp drop over 370 years.

Thats it! that was my joke!

Sure, I wrote it slightly differently and offered it as a ViewsJack but its definitely mine

THEY SAY MATH STANDARDS ARE LOWER THAN THEY WERE IN THE 1960’S. WELL THAT WAS OVER 70 YEARS AGO SO I’M NOT SURE THAT’S RELEVANT

I sharply jabbed my friend in the ribs saying, “Thats my joke! Thats my joke!” and I really had a smile 10 miles wide from that point on. Nothing else of mine was performed and I left the show beaming that they had actually performed one of mine.

There was still one thing to come. Although it had been performed I know that they still need to include it in the show. It got a good laugh (and that was a REAL laugh, not something dubbed on later) so I was in with a chance. I know that IF your joke makes the script but isn’t broadcast in the show they email you around 5.30-7pm on the Thursday night so I had a few days wait for that email. But there was now a chance, however slim, that I could actually be broadcast and earn the massive £20 from the BBC. I am more interested in getting writers credits than the money but either way. I’m guaranteed at least a ‘so close, yet so far email’. At 4pm I see a tweet saying the show has been finalised and the BBC release a clip of a sketch as a teaser.

Thursday night comes and by 7pm I’ve had no email. I head out for dinner and we discuss the joke and my future of writing comedy. As the night gets on I still have no email. I wait until 10pm and tune into the show. The parts have been edited around from the recording but 30 minutes later and my joke isn’t there. I listen right to the end and I hear Nish read out that show’s writers and my name definitely isn’t in it.

I KNOW is was performed as I was there. Its possible someone else sent in a similar joke but it wasn’t a huge news story so I doubt someone else wrote it. But I didn’t get the email from the two producers that I’d received previously.

I went to bed a bit grumpy. I’ve got another NewsJack recording to go to but I’m now undecided whether I will attend. I’m not sure I can cope with this rollercoaster of emotions again!

For all you fans…. SOMEONE uploaded a recording of the NewsJack live show and I’ve cut out the joke and made it available for you here.

The Unbelievable Truth – Recording – 23rd February, 2016

I managed to blag some tickets to this recording. One of my friends was running late but a bit of Derren Brown mind control and the lady gave us the extra sticker we needed for when they arrived. I’d not been to any recordings at Logan Hall before. Usually the ‘big name’ London Radio recordings are done at the Radio Theatre in Portland Place. This wasn’t far though and I joined the queue at around 5.45pm. The tickets just said Time 6:30, doors close 6:50pm but I knew from previous experience that the earlier you get there the better.

The queue grew longer and longer until about 6.45pm when they started to let people inside. We managed to get some great seats in the middle and waited for the show to start. The producer explained that 2 shows would be recorded and they started recording around 7.15-7.30pm. I knew this was going to be a long night. He also said that they had moved venues to allow more people to attend. There were 940 seats at Logan Hall and over 15000 people applied for tickets!

The guests were introduced and we were treated to;-

  • Jon Richardson
  • Henning Wehn
  • Susan Calman
  • Jack Dee

The format of the show is that one person speaks on a given subject and everything they say should be false except for 5 Unbelievable Truths. The remaining 3 people buzz in when they believe that the speaker has said one of the truths. A successful buzz in gives a point to the challenger however an incorrect challenge deducts a point. At the end of the talk any truths not found gain a point each for the speaker.

Each show started with Jon and there were some great challenges. There was as added complexity in that for some reason every time people pressed their buzzers, it would show Henning’s light on David’s desk. A second press would not repeat the issue so maybe Henning was pressing his buzzer first and then denying it for comedic effect?

Henning’s subjects seemed to allow him to be stereotypically German (mirroring his act) but Susan’s talks seemed to just turn into weird fantasy journeys with little in common with the original subject.

Both games finished with Susan Calman being the winner. It was a great experience to be part of but the format of the show isn’t that engaging and I think the whole audience was flagging as the end of the second show arrived,

Always good to be in a new venue and I do enjoy David Mitchell but I’m not sure I’d go for another recording of this.

NewsJack Episode 3 Submission

After all the promises I made myself last week, this week I gave myself even less time. They needed to be submitted by 12 on Tuesday and I started writing them at 11am. Nothing like leaving things until the last moment!

ONELINERS

BREAKING NEWS:

  1. A BABY GORILLA HAS BEEN BORN VIA C-SECTION. “OOOOH-AAHHH-OOOOOO-AAAAAAH-AHHH-HOOOO!” SAID THE MUM AS IT TURNED OUT THEY’D NOT USED ENOUGH ANAESTHETIC.
  1. THE FBI HAVE DEMANDED APPLE CREATE A ‘BACKDOOR’ INTO ALL IPHONES. AN INSIDER AT APPLE HAS SAID, “THEY’LL NEVER GET INTO OUR PHONES…DID YOU HEAR A CRACKLE ON THE LINE? I THINK THIS PHONE IS BUGGED!”
  2. MASTERCARD IS TO OFFER SELFIE ID TO MAKE PAYMENTS THAT ARE CONFIRMED WITH YOUR PHOTO. SOON YOU WON’T WORRY ABOUT ‘NO AVAILABLE FUNDS’ WHEN YOU BUY SOMETHING, BUT YOU MIGHT BE TOLD YOU ARE TOO UGLY.

 

VIEWJACK:

  1. EDDIE IZZARD IS TO DO 27 MARATHONS FOR SPORTS RELIEF? THAT’S NOT HARD. BUT FYI, THEY ARE CALLED SNICKERS NOW.
  2. IF I VOTE TO LEAVE EUROPE, CAN I STILL GO THERE ON MY HOLIDAY TO MAGALUF? IF I VOTE TO STAY IN EUROPE, DO I HAVE TO COME BACK?
  3. THEY SAY MATH STANDARDS ARE LOWER THAN THEY WERE IN THE 1960’S. WELL THAT WAS OVER 70 YEARS AGO SO I’M NOT SURE THAT’S RELEVANT

I am lucky enough to actually have tickets to the broadcast of this show. I wonder if they will perform anything I’ve written?

I did show a friend these and he like joke one because it had a line from the ‘Witch Doctor’ song. Completely crossed wires and I guess that means that joke wasn’t as simple I thought. I thought it was obvious it was the sound of a Gorilla but apparently not! 😀

I liked Breaking News 3 but it is complex to read so needs to be shorter. I also thought Viewjack 1 was very lazy….Can people still make jokes about Marathons being called Snickers now? Its probably been over 20 years?

 

NewsJack Episode 1 – Update

Following on from this blog post  I managed to pull some strings and find out what joke made it into the script. Through a very lucky chain I was able to get this information although usually it isn’t something that people get told.

The joke was…..

I CAN’T BELIEVE THE RESULTS OF THE SUPERBOWL. THE NEW WISCONSEN BEAVERS BEAT THE SOUTH DRAKESVILLE AARDVARKS 6 TOUCHPOINTS TO 3. OK, I’LL BE HONEST, I’VE NO IDEA ABOUT AMERICAN FOOTBALL.

As you can see from the original blog post it was one I really liked and I was worried it was too silly. It turned out people liked the silliness and thought it was very funny. However, it turns out it wasn’t snappy enough to make the final recording.

I’m glad that I have had this feedback as it will help me in my attempts to get something broadcast on NewsJack. Someday it will happen. 🙂

Newsjack Episode 2 Submission

This was all new stuff and written a bit hastily.

ONELINERS

BREAKING NEWS:

  1. HSBC ARE TO KEEP THEIR HEADQUARTERS IN LONDON. THEY WERE WORRIED THAT THE CORPORATION TAX WOULD BE TOO HIGH IN THE UK, SO THEY DID A QUICK GOOGLE AND SUDDENLY GEORGE OSBORNE AGREED THAT THEY WOULD ONLY HAVE TO PAY ABOUT 3%.

 

  1. KANYE WEST ASKED MARK ZUCKERBERG FOR ONE BILLION DOLLARS FOR HIS COMPANY ‘KANYE WEST IDEAS’. THE PROBLEM IS KANYE IS COMING ACROSS LESS ‘JAMES DYSON’ AND MORE ‘FAILED DRAGONS DEN PITCH’.

 

  1. SOON IT WILL BE ILLEGAL TO VIEW PORNOGRAPHY ON-LINE WITHOUT PASSING AN AGE CHECK. THE QUESTIONS WILL START EASY THEN HIT YOU WITH QUESTIONS LIKE, “AT WHAT AGE DID YOU FIRST WORRY ABOUT YOUR CREDIT SCORE?”

 

VIEWJACK:

  1. STEPHEN FRY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH TWITTER IS LIKE MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MCDONALDS. I TELL MYSELF, “NEVER AGAIN.” BUT THEN I JUST CAN’T RESIST GOING BACK.
  2. LIKE A LOT OF PARENTS, I GOT A LETTER FROM THE HEAD TEACHER TELLING ME TO STOP SMOKING CANNABIS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL. HOW DO THEY EXPECT ME TO DEAL WITH A STORMING HANG-OVER AND LOOK AFTER A BUNCH OF SCREAMING 5 YEAR OLDS WHILE DOING A LESSON PLAN AND WORRYING ABOUT OFSTED?
  3. I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE BREXIT BUT I DO KNOW ONE THING;- AFTER 6 YEARS OF CAMERON RUNNING THE COUNTRY, WHATEVER HE SAYS WE SHOULD DO, WE SHOULD PROBABLY BE DOING THE OPPOSITE.

Another Google Tax joke, but I thought I could get away with it. Everyone loves a tax cheating joke.

I got no email from Newsjack so none of these made the show. I didn’t have the confidence in these like I did the last lot so I will need to up my game for episode 3 🙂

Frank Skinner – The Man With No Show – 11/02/16

In my quest to see as many of my comedy inspirations as I can I managed to get myself a pair of tickets to see Frank Skinner at the Soho Theatre. Maybe 2 years ago I was downstairs at the Soho Theatre to see Bridget Christie doing her show, A Bic for Her. There is no allocated seating at any show I’ve been to here so I knew to get there early and try to get the best seats we can. The other problem is they really cram the seats together so you are uncomfortably close to other people there. Squeezing 4 chairs round a small table with not enough space to put your legs in front of you can make for a very uncomfortable experience and I wanted to make sure we had as much space as we needed.

I had collected my tickets earlier in the evening and told doors opened around 5 past 9. We got there at that time expecting to be directed to the main bar – where they often make people queue for entrance – but they let us stay in the foyer/ticket office and 1 minute later they opened the stairs and we were perhaps in the first 10 people into the area. I nipped past some people going to the bar and although did get front row seats, we were in the second row with an obscured view of the mic. I also had plenty of leg room. We sat at two seats on the table for 4 and the room filled up quickly.

9.30 the place had filled up but wasn’t full. No-one had taken the extra seats on our table so we didn’t feel as claustrophobic as others who really must have felt like sardines! The lights dimmed and Frank took the stage.

He explained it was a low-key show with no structure and he’d just talk on stage and to the audience and humour would come. What followed next was very unexpected!

He asked an audience member what he thought the colour of a banana was (the insides). After this answer (incorrect – banana)  asked what one guy was called. He then asked him his job and someone else from the other side of audience shouted “He’s a LINE-O! LINE-O!” Now I knew that the audience member wasn’t a member of The Thundercats but it wasn’t until Frank replied back with ‘Are you an assistant referee?’ that it turned out the shouter hidden in the darkness was correct! It turned out the guy recognised him from TV! This produced a great callback through-out the show to either the linesman or the guy who shouted out.

The topic of conversation jumped all over the place. At one point he discussed losing his virginity to a prostitute for £5 and compared that to what we were getting for our ticket entry fee. It then moved onto tube stations with lift – how it easily could have become a game show in itself. This went on for quite a few minutes as audience members tried to remember tube stations with lifts. He also covered a comedian with white teeth and why his own dentist suggested it to him, but just to make them less yellow!

Further audience interaction appeared when Frank said he went to Deal and an audience member said that his Gym Trainer saw him in Deal and took a photo of him! At this point it seemed that everyone in the audience know at least one stranger in the audience, or just Frank. As the show progressed, and people got drunker, there was more and more audience participation. Unfortunately it wasn’t all ‘Lineo!’ types chants. This was a bit tedious but most people seemed to respond well to it and join in. Having only paid a fiver I guess people thought they could act how they wanted.

The last ‘bit’ of the show involved a comparison between taking a dead fox from the road and taking it back to his flat to either make it into a hat or to fuck it. This strange segway really didn’t hit home but some people in the audience did laugh a little. The conversation then went into male fox having barbed cocks.

It was a very strange show. I think the concept appeared to be “Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (without Baddiel)” however as an audience member I think that replacing David Baddiel with just drunk members of the public meant that the comedy didn’t flow and the conversation rarely developed. For £5 I was glad that I went and I’m glad I’ve seen Frank live in a smaller venue than where he’d normally be, like the Hammersmith Apollo.  Leaving the gig we both agreed it was a good night out for £5. We enjoyed the venue, the structure of the set (or lack of it) and the informal manner of the show . Sometimes a topic fell flat and he could just move onto something else.

I’d like to see more comedians do £5 sets in central London. Sure, it wont make them millions but recently Russel Howard, Michael Macintye and a few others have done shows in some of the smaller London venues. The tickets sell out fast but its good to see them trying stuff out and by doing it in front of a live audience they can really get a feel on how the material is being reiceved.

 

 

 

Newsjack Episode 1 Submission

Now the episode has been aired I can tell you what my jokes were…

ONELINERS

BREAKING NEWS:

  1. SUNDAR PICHAI, THE BOSS OF GOOGLE, HAS BEEN AWARDED NEARLY $200 MILLION DOLLARS PRE-TAX IN PAY MAKING HIM THE HIGHEST PAID BOSS IN THE US. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH HE TAKES HOME, AFTER TAX IT WORKS OUT AT NEARLY $200 MILLION DOLLARS.
  1. THREE CONTESTANTS HAVE BEEN INJURED TAKING PART IN THE ITV SERIES ‘THE JUMP’. ALTHOUGH IT HASN’T BEEN CANCELLED, THE PRODUCERS ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING AT REPLACING IT WITH A SAFER SHOW CALLED “CELEBRITY DUEL AT 20 PACES”.
  1. THE POLICE ARE TO USE THE MEDIEVAL HUNTING TECHNIQUE OF USING EAGLES TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF DRONES IN BIG CITIES. THEY HAVE BEEN SLOWLY INTRODUCING OTHER MEDIEVAL TECHNIQUES AS DURING A RECENT PROTEST MARCH, SOME PEOPLE WERE EVEN MACED IN THE FACE.

VIEWJACK:

  1. DAVID CAMERON SAID THAT WE MUST STAY IN EUROPE. I’VE BEEN THERE ON HOLIDAY BUT IT IS FULL OF FOREIGNERS AND THEIR MINGING FOREIGN FOOD.YOU CAN’T GET A GOOD CURRY OR CHINESE ANYWHERE!
  1. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE RESULTS OF THE SUPERBOWL. THE NEW WISCONSEN BEAVERS BEAT THE SOUTH DRAKESVILLE AARDVARKS 6 TOUCHPOINTS TO 3. OK, I’LL BE HONEST, I’VE NO IDEA ABOUT AMERICAN FOOTBALL.
  1. STORM IMOGEN IS CURRENTLY LASHING PARTS OF THE UK. I THINK I SAW HER DANCE AT STRINGFELLOWS BUT SHE WASN’T DOING S&M THEN.

 

I really enjoyed my Google joke. It really felt like something they would use. Joke #3 was built off a comment a friend of mine once said when she heard people could mace people in the face. The idea that modern police were going around and using medieval weaponry on members of the public created a funny image in my head and I felt the news story about using eagles to hunt drones was a good one to shoe-horn it in.

I also really enjoyed joke #5 but its just silly and I wasn’t sure if I should include it or not. Joke #6 was one I really wasn’t happy with. I felt there was a much better punchline. I think the original joke was more along the lines of ” ‘Storm Imogen’ sounds like the name of a D-List celebrity or a stripper. I suppose they are both pretty much the same thing.”

There was another version of it that compared the name to that of a hollywood celebrity’s child’s name. But that idea just never worked out well typed out.

Anyway. The long and the short of it is that nothing of mine was broadcast 🙁

HOWEVER

Once again, I was ‘Nearly-There Nigel’ and a joke of mine ended up in the script! It may have even been performed but essentially they thought it could be good enough, its just I wont get paid (or get writer’s credits!)

Episode1_Nearly_There

 

and yes, I was playing Candy Crush when it came in…. Deal with it!

Bowieoke Circus 11/02/16

I’ve been a massive fan of Karaoke Circus for years. Unfortunately my move to London coincided with them stopping doing it. 🙁 I’ve spent ages following the people who did it (Danielle Ward & Martin White) with hope of them doing some secret gigs but nothing ever came up. If you’ve not heard/seen Karaoke Circus before then I’ll update this blog with some that I’ve found on-line. In summary, They are Martin White on Keyboards, Danielle Ward on Bass, Foz Foster on lead guitar and David Reed on Drums. Comics then perform songs which are then judged by a panel.

In 2016, David Bowie died. This appeared to be the motivation for Danielle & Martin to get the band back together and arrange a special, one-off, BOWIEoke Circus. All money raised would go to charity and after a teaser or two on Twitter it was announced! couldn’t believe it. The opportunity was there to see the Karaoke Circus band back on stage doing only Bowie hits. I managed to get a pair of tickets before they sold out and this had to have been one of the most anticipated gigs for me ever, let alone just 2016.

Doors opened at 7pm and the show was to start at 7.30pm. We joined the queue at 7.20pm and there were at least 50 people in front of us.


Some people walked past and asked me what we were queuing for. “A David Bowie Themed Karaoke Fundraiser” was my reply but that didn’t seem to interest them. 10 minutes later the queue hadn’t moved. I just hoped that the band hadn’t started. Luckily I noticed a familiar face talking to the crowd. It was Martin White! Eventually he got to us and explained that the format of the show was that there would be one comic performing a song and then one member of the public would perform the next one and would we like to do one? There was a list of 7 songs and you could choose to put your name into the hat for any of them. I decided to go with ‘Under Pressure’ and that’s when Martin explained it would be a ‘blind date’ – a male and female member of the public would be picked at random to perform it. Martin left to go back inside and as slowly as the queue moved forwards, more people joined behind us.

Eventually we got inside where we were told that my man-bag was allowed in but we’d have to check my girlfriend’s handbag. This came a shock to both of us as I’ve never had to, or been with someone who had to, check in a handbag. I guess this was a good money maker for the Working Men’s Club as at £1 per item, the cloakroom was plenty full.

We walking into the hall around 7.50pm and luckily the show hadn’t started. After finding a good place to stand I headed to the bar and bought a couple of drinks before returning to our spot and getting ready for the show. Moments later the lights dimmed and Foz & The Baron appeared on stage with a banjo to welcome us to the show.

The rest of the band took to the stage and Martin introduced the first performance of the evening. This was a member of the public, Victoria Redfern who did a great version of ‘Rebel Rebel’. That got the crowd going and after she had finished singing she was then judged by the judging panel – Dan Tettsel, Dan Maier and The Baron and was followed by Michael Legge and Robin Ince with ‘The Man Who Stole The World’. Although they didn’t start it immediately as Michael decided we needed to all recite The Lord’s Prayer.

It was a great song to get the crowd going at the start. Whether people knew it more as a David Bowie hit or as a Nirvana Unplugged hit, I don’t know. But what I did know is that their performance was both true to Bowie, Cobain and themselves.

What followed was a surprise. The next member of the audience was announced and I couldn’t believe it. A friend of mine (well ‘Twiend’ – if that is such a word) is @johngalantini and it was his name read out! He made his way to the stage and belted out an amazing performance of Be My Wife.

Then we got to enjoy another comic with Colin Hoult. This was a very acceptable performance and the best the judges could do was Dan Tettsel with ‘Carpet Salesman on a Works Night Out’! The Baron confirmed what the crowd thought….that it was Brilliant!

At brilliant #BowieokeCircus – @colinhoult pulls the best shapes! @serafinowicz @robinince @michaellegge &co AMAZING!

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Next up it was another audience member, Paul Boyle with Queen Bitch. A very different performance to Colin’s and certainly a favourite of the judges.

We were then treated to a great looking Trio – Margret Cabourn-Smith, Thom Tuck and Grainne Maguire performing ‘Young American’.

I don’t know what was to be expected but it was certainly a personal performance with lots of audience participation of ‘Young American, Young American, She was a Young American!”

The first section ended with Peter Serafinowicz doing some great Bowie impressions while performing Boys Keep Swinging. I don’t think anyone knew who any of the guests would be and seeing as in the last week he has been in the news loads with his Racist Donald Trump video, it was excellent to see him perform live.


Chatting with Martin in the queue for the gents he said Peter had been there during sound check and performed loads of the songs as Bowie….what a great guy!

The 2nd act started like the first. Another audience member performed – Alex Norris. A DJ set favourite of Let’s Dance got the crowd back into the mood and really kicked off this section.

The acts were coming thick and fast and what we saw next was Holly Burn. Martin introduced her and said we’d not be seeing her in character but as she walked onto the stage it became evident that this was not true! I have experienced Holly Burn at The Queens Head in Angel where I was the unfortunately audience member she picked on to dance with her on stage so I knew what to expect. Well I thought I did. UNIQUE would be the best word to describe it, and it certainly wasn’t a style anyone else would use that evening, that was for sure. A hasty jacket removal and throwing into the crowd caught a woman in the front row. Ooops!

#BowieokeCircus

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It was time for another comic and this one was a total surprise. Adam Buxton (The Adam & Joe Show/Bug/Etc) got up to the mic and after a brief introduction and telling people about the sad death of his own father over Christmas, he treated the audience to Kooks.

His performance did include a ‘Stephen’ (Just Coming) and a WozzaWozza for the fans. He did hang around and didn’t rush off somewhere else.

Two comics on the trot can only mean one thing, audience time. Martin took the mic and explained this would be the ‘Blind Date’ song with 2 members of the audience called up. The first name was ‘Kelly Jackson’ and as she made her way to the stage the next name was called out……’Twon’.

Ho-Lee-Fuck! I’m at Karaoke Circus (which I didn’t think would ever happen), the comics have been amazing and I’m getting the opportunity to perform in front of this crowd. I made my way to the stage not believing what was happening. The song was Under Pressure and I was hastily given some words. The time was a blur but it certainly was an experience I relished. Unfortunately the sound of wedding bells didn’t ring for me and Kelly but I think we gave the song our best shot and could rely on The Baron for some honest feedback….we were BRILLIANT!


p.s. ignore the fact it looks like we forgot the words. We didn’t, but the words we had written down were incomplete.

Making our way off stage we were replaced by Gary Le Strange (Waen Shepherd, Kate Darby, Stephen Evans and Phil Whelans). I think I was a hard act to follow but they did an acceptable job. Being judged by the Two Dans, I think they were unfairly cruel but The Baron moved the swing-o-meter back in the AMAZING direction!

The amazing Waen and his lovely backing singers #BowieokeCircus

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The second act ended with The Actor Kevin Eldon take to the stage and perform Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide. He appeared out of no-where and was apparently helping with the backing vocals on a number of the songs. It’s a slow Bowie song but rather than bring the audience down, it rallied them up and the sing-alongs helped drive the song through to the end and a welcome drink/toilet break for the audience. Martin gave us 15 minutes and everyone returned much quicker (baring a few of the brass section) than in the first break.

The third and final act began with another audience member – Alex Sievewright. He sang Changes. The audience were well lubricated and his performance, along with the band’s, really got us all going. First time I’ve seen someone play a bow-saw (or is it saw-bow) live.

With the crowd pumped the 1st comedian of the last act took the stage. Actor/Director/Comedian – Chris Addison!

Sporting a look that tip-toed the fine line between 70’s porn star and 80’s footballer he performed Diamond Dogs. Chris has been a regular on Karaoke Circus and as such he felt comfortable from the moment he said, “This aint Rock’n’Roll….this is Genocide!” to the last bar played. The Judging panel gave a mixed review with much being criticised not about the performance – much booing was done by the audience. Chris took it all well and the final view of The Baron put the bed any doubters…….BRILLIANT!

Another audience member took to the stage. This time it was Emily Webber singing ‘Life on Mars’. The audience got behind this entirely and it was mainly a sing-along between 300 people. As a collective it seemed like everyone was just thinking about the great man himself and what had brought everyone to this very place, at this exact time to not only celebrate his life, but to also raise money for two cancer charities – MacMillan and Cancer Research UK.

With the last audience song it was left to Martin to introduce the final act of the evening.

The final act of the night was introduced as Pappy’s. They appeared at the back of the room carrying what looked like a coffin that was about to be posted. You can see it in the video but as you can see the audience loved it and it looked like they loved it to. Sometimes I wonder if Karaoke Circus is just a coping mechanism to handle Pappy’s required level of nudity?

Pappys certainly didn’t let anyone down and those people who stayed until the end got to see special effects and a performance that had to be seen to be believed. The video above gives you an idea but really…being there is the only way to truly experience a Pappy’s Karaoke Circus performance.

As they left the stage I was thinking about what I’d just watched over the last 3 hours. How lucky I was to be there. Not just being there but sharing it with 300 people who will all have those same memories for ever. Will the Karaoke Circus gang reform again? It’s possible they might. If they ever do I’ll be there and I’ll bring everyone I know (both of them) to share an experience that is so much more than the sum of all its parts.

My biggest thanks to Martin, Danielle, David, Foz, and all the team behind Karaoke Circus. To all the comedians who performed and the audience members who went on stage and gave it their all. All the efforts of both performers, audience and all the team behind the Bowieoke Circus helped to raise over £3000 for two cancer charities. You have also given me a place in my mind I can go to that will remind me that the world isn’t shit all the time.

 

(edit – 19/2/16 – Danielle Ward has written THIS blog post about her experience of the evening – it is well worth a read)

Met a new comedian the other night – Meryle O’Rourke

She was covering 1 night of a comedy course I attended. I enjoyed her jokes and her teaching style but more importantly she has written for a number of comedians. For some reason this has helped to spur me on to continue writing comedy as a direction to take. I might get round to writing a tight 5 minutes soon though and join some of my chums in performing stand-up. Or I might not… as writing is where all the fun is!