This is it folks, the last showblog for the London Run of Mess Around 2011.
If you’ve been following these blogs, you’ll know that a love story of sorts has been playing itself out over the past few weeks, and it went like this:
Night 1 – Alistair (22) is in the crowd with his parents. I ask if he is single, he says yes, so I decide to find a date for him.
Nights 2-4 – I find a single woman in each crowd and invite them back on Friday to compete for a date with Alistair.
Night 5 – They all go head to head, along with a woman called Emily, who ends up winning a date with Alistair. They decide to go to The Tempest, mainly cos they both fancy Ralph Fiennes.
Night 7 – Emily tweets me to say that Alistair cancelled the date, and can I find her a new man.
Nights 8 – 10 – I find a single man each night.
Night 12 (tonight) – They all come back, and we find a date for Emily.
Unfortunately only two of the men could come tonight (Wilf Mountfield was ill) so I decide to peruse the crowd for a single man.
Through a strange path that took in a half-English half-Scottish man, his Canadian wife Hermione (yes I did ask if they played Harry Potter) and an American from Utah called Larry, I found a young man from Hertfordshire called Jonathan who was a fan of the Utah Jazz basketball team. In fact, Jonathan expressed the desire to one day be a basketball commentator.
I brought Jonathan on stage, and with the help of a young man called Marcus, we recreated a basketball game, and Jonathan commentated on it. We filmed it, and I know I’ve said this a few times this season, but as soon as I can work out how to upload it to youtube I will do it. The plan is to then tweet it to BBC commentator Bob Ballard, who was in one of my shows last week.
(Late addition, just worked it out. It’s here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGCbwQhl-3o )
I then volunteered Jonathan to be the third possible date for Emily, and the game began.
You may remember the other two contenders were Sachin the prostate cancer charity worker, and a man known only as Dave from Sydney. Along with Jonathan they faced their first question from Emily – “If your life was a movie, which actor would play you and why?”
Jonathan: “Hugh Laurie, because he’s a nice, funny Englishman”
Sachin picked a Bollywood actor whose name I can’t quite recall because “I am of colour”
Dave: “Matt Damon” (He didn’t need to give a reason)
Dave won that round, but Sachin came out tops in round two which was an impromptu dance off.
Round three was a wash out, as each contestant tried to tell a joke. No one scored points.
Round four was “Where would you take Emily on a first date?”, which Dave won when he busted out “I’d take her to see The Tempest”. Sachin’s anser of “Quasar” didn’t cut the mustard.
Finally all three men dropped and gave us ten push ups. Not sure who won but the ladies enjoyed watching.
It came to the moment of truth, and Emily placed her scarf around … Dave from Sydney!
The runners up both received a Babes of Hollyoaks Calendar:
Good luck to Dave and Emily, may they at the very least make it to the Theatre.
Finally, I must also give a shout out to the two ladies that gave me a Dick The Horse poster they had made themselves.
It’s a long story, but you may know that Dick The Horse was what my grandmother once thought we were about to sing once at Christmas, as she had misheard Deck the Halls.
I must also apologise to the same ladies. They came to a late show I did downstairs at the Soho Theatre, and yelled out that they wanted to see me afterwards. Sadly the show ran late, and my cab was waiting, so I had to scurry. Sorry ladies, I do love the Horse though.
And that seems to be it for the London Mess Around shows. Of course the blogs will continue as I do a mini-tour of the UK in the lead up to the DVD release of “Inflatable” in the UK. If you’re wondering, it is available for pre-order here http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=372357
I’d like to give a huge thanks to all at The Soho Theatre, especially Steve Lock, as well as the amazing Natalie my sound tech, and Brenton my part-time sound tech. Everyone there is a pleasure to work with, right down to the box office staff and the venue staff.
I’d also like to thank all the lovely people that took part in the show and brought me gifts – a Go You Big Red Fire Engine cake, a bottle of whisky, cupcakes, the Dick The Horse poster and a full-size monkey costume.
I’ll be in Nottingham, Birmingham, Brighton and Norwich this week, as well as appearing on ESPN’s “Live From The Terraces” and BBC’s “Mock The Week”. It’s a big week.
And of course, I’ll update you on it all.
Til then, TTFN