Just a quick Mess Around update from my show at the Brighton Comedy Festival last week.
There were two notable audience members on Saturday night. One was an Aussie wearing a knitted beanie with a kangaroo on it. It was the logo for his company. He’s an electrician. I still don’t see the connection.
The second was a guy called Steve (I think he was called Steve – I was massively jetlagged. Apologies to the audience on the night for that by the way. I arrived from New York two days prior and it knocked me round more than I expected. Wow, these parentheses have been open way too long)
Steve worked for a company that saved the planet using eco-friendly practices, that went by the rather dull name of Pillinger’s. I decided he needed to spark up his image (wow, I think I have made two electrician puns in two paragraphs. That’s more than I did last Saturday. Oh, yes, the whole parenthesis thing)
I partly undressed Steve, made him wear the electrician’s beanie, made the electrician pose behind him, grabbed his wife’s scarf, and a bag and necklace from the audience, and came up with his photo:
After tweeting the phrase “What do you think is going on here?” without attaching a photo (jetlag) I managed to attach the photo and received answers that included
Simonsays50 having rubbed his massive magic boil, Barry was making the most of the shit genie that appeared
I then tweeted to say that he was an Eco warrior, and asked for an appropriate slogan.
danilic be a greenie, wear a beanie….
TheAmereMortal I’m a Treedom Fighter
jaybee_bug Move over Mother Earth, it’s time for Father Planet!
came a few audience suggestions, including “Fill the ozone’s hole!” and for no apparent reason “You can’t do better than spunk trumpet”
I took an audience vote, and of course the favourite was “You can’t do better than spunk trumpet”.
So Steve decided that he may well use that as the new slogan for the company. Keep an eye on www.pillingercontrols.net for more details. I did give him the option of using “Fill The Ozone;s Hole” and only as I started to write this blog did I come up with the option “Eco Is Not A Dirty Word”. Only three days too late.
Well, that’s it for what ended up being a scatty, slightly messy but ultimately fun show of Mess Around. The jetlag probably helped and hindered in equal measures, and I am very grateful to the audience for bearing with me while I lost track of where I was or posited that the spoonerism of Shiloh Pitt was in fact Shiloh Pitt.
I start my final run of Mess Around at The Soho Theatre in London on Thursday for a week and a half, before returning to Australia for the rest of the year. Of course, the blogs will follow on Thursday as well, so stay tuned.
Go you big red fire engine