Didcot? Cot did.

Didcot? Cot did.

Okey dokey, here’s what happened in Didcot tonight. I either brought a roomful of people together in a moment that may end up in the local papers – or I have sparked a war between the neighbouring towns.

The audience were particularly lovely and included: a couple in the front row by the names of Rolf and Frederico Danko who were originally from Holland (“No shit” I hear you cry); A German woman called Monika who was on crutches; a Computer Industry blogger called Martin; and a more mature couple called David and Jean who had only been together for four years.

There was also a woman called Claire who told us she went on holidays to Greece but was asked to stop calling their daughter by her name Pippa, because it is a Greek word for oral sex. Can anyone confirm this?

So far so good. Then I brought out a copy of the local paper The Didcot Herald.

I remarked that I especially liked the Didcot Herald, as it puts every nearby town name in any article in bold. For example, “A new national high street chain has chosen Didcot’s empty Woolworths store for its first shop”, or “Late night patrols are due to start on the streets of Wantage on Friday.”

I thought this was kinda funny, but there was a general grumbling from the locals. Turns out they are a little disgruntled that Didcot rarely seems to be mentioned. In fact, the direct audience quote was “Turn to page 23 to find any news in Didcot”. I pointed out that Didcot was actually on the front page, but nonetheless conducted a survey to see which town got the most mentions in the fist five pages.

As a man in the crowd called Colin took score, I read out every town in bold (including the list of convictions in the local courts) and discovered that much to the chagrin of the audience, Abingdon received the most mentions. There also seemed to be much aggression towards both Wantage and Wallingford.

In fact, when Monika revealed she was from Berensfield there was audible grumpiness in the room. I did point out that times have changed when an English crowd are ok with the fact that she’s German, but perturbed that she lives in Berensfield. Personally, I took a shine to the town name of Great Coxswell, which I assume comes just before Blewbury.

It was at this point I decided to do something to get Didcot into their own newspaper, so I rang the offices of the Didcot Herald and left a complaint on behalf of the audience on their answering machine. Not content with this, I began the second half with another idea.

After reading Martin’s Computer Industry blog during the interval, I asked him on stage to read it to the assembled mass with gusto. To a chorus of cheers, appropriate boos, and even a cry of “Get in!”, Martin inspired us all with a reading of “Copenhagen – How CIOs Can Address In House Climate Change” – a blog that outlines how the computer industry can become more environmentally aware.

I then developed a two-prong plan to get Didcot some more news coverage. Part One: I rang the editor of the Didcot Herald and left a message pleading for some Didcot-based coverage. Part Two involves the audience, and you:  See, I noticed that local people can email local stories to didcot@nqo.com.

So… let’s all email in a news story about how Didcot man Martin Hingley inspired a Didcot audience at The Cornerstone Theatre with a globally aware, potentially world-saving speech.

If you like, you can read his whole blog at www.martinhingley.wordpress.com, but your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to email in your own story about this moment of inspiration, this uplifting message of global importance, that was delivered with enthusiasm and verve to an appreciative audience that gave a prolonged ovation.It doesn’t matter if you weren’t at the show, it doesn’t even matter if you’re not in the UK.

Feel free to embellish, exaggerate, and up the ante as much as you like. But please do it before Tuesday, which is apparently the deadline for stories. If all goes well, the story may make Wednesday’s edition of The Didcot Herald.

Come on people, let’s give Didcot the coverage it truly deserves!!! Especially in its own newspaper. I’ll do my best as well, but for now it’s gonna take all of us.

The rest of ths show was lovely and as always, I sold t shirts to raise money for a local charity, this time the Sobell Hospice.

I have a few days off now, but will keep you updated on more tour gigs as they happen

For now though – Off you go and Do it for Didcot!



  • Frederica Danko

    11.10.2009 at 19:46 Reply

    Thank you for a great show.
    I don’t know what Pippa means in Greek but I do know that one of the British show jumpers had her name as Phillipa rather than Pippa during the Olympic games in Athens.

  • Cheryl

    11.10.2009 at 21:09 Reply

    Great show last night – very funny.

    My email has been swiftly dispatched to the Didcot Herald – perhaps with a slightly different twist, but it will be boring if we send all of the same thing!

  • Claire

    11.10.2009 at 21:23 Reply

    Thank you for a great evening. Really enjoyed your support for the incorrectly named “Didcot Herald.” No mention I notice of the dwarf, leg biting incident… Used to live on same street as the bloke – I’d agree old ladies unlikely to benefit from his road crossing help.

  • Martin Hingley

    11.10.2009 at 22:41 Reply

    Adam – thanks for a great show. I can’t wait to be featured in the Didcot herald – maybe I could write a regular column on the challenges of global warming in the Thames Valley.
    For real local rivalry, check out annual fights at the Harwell feast (v Didcot), or Oxford v Swindon…

  • Dave Roberts

    11.10.2009 at 23:00 Reply


    Fantastic show last night at the Cornerstone, Didcot. Us Didcot people can be quite serious, we`re only known for our Power Station, and even had the piss taken out of us on Mock the Weak (deliberate mistake) about that!! So, it was really refreshing to bring the people of Didcot and surrounding areas together. We hold no grudge against Abingdon, we have the better football team, shopping centre, arts centre, road system, railway link and cinema complex although they do have a multi story car park. We have vandalised toilets, they have dirty smelly toilets so that`s well balanced.

    Just checked out Martin`s blog, it is fascinating, very well written but, did you spot the highlight of the site ? Look again now, and check out the top tab on your Browser, he has got his photograph in there as the icon!!

    Best of luck for the rest of the tour, last night was memorable, a wonderful blend of anecdotes, audience participation and uplifting stories. The Michael McIntyre inpersintation went down a storm too!!

    Off now to vent my spleen in a harshly worded email to the so called Didcot Herald, or ‘Didcot Express’ as you put it, ironically so, that describes it more accurately.


  • Chris Wright

    12.10.2009 at 00:31 Reply

    Amazing Night, your far funnier than Russell Howard Live! “Get in!”, yes that was me. An Email will be sent shortly.

  • Toni

    12.10.2009 at 01:31 Reply

    Thanks for a brilliant show, and for signing stuff afterwards.
    I haven’t laughed so hard for a LONG time, so thanks again.

  • Liz

    12.10.2009 at 02:59 Reply

    Hey Adam! Thank you for a great show last night at the Cornerstone. It was really ‘pleasant’ to see you. If there were any justice in the world, audiences around the globe would be laughing at Michael McIntyre’s impersonation of you. But, that’s showbiz, I guess…

    It will be a real honour to get you and Martin mentioned in the Didcot Herald. You both deserve front page coverage. Today Didcot. Tomorrow Abingdon. The day after … The World.

    Thanks again for a fantastic evening. x x

  • Kate

    12.10.2009 at 08:22 Reply

    Brilliant show. Its made me think about inflating people as you definitely inflated me last night. Fab, topical and great use of local material with very funny audience interaction.

  • Amy

    12.10.2009 at 19:32 Reply

    Thanks Adam, great show and you were lovely too – although my friend was a little taken aback by the lap dance! Can’t wait to read the new and improved Didcot Herald.

  • Monika

    12.10.2009 at 23:08 Reply

    It was a great show – very funny indeed. For Didcot stories, I’ll see what I can come up with. But as I’m not from Didcot, I’ll have to loiter around the Didcot Herald distribution area to get a copy.

    Anyway, for the greek word of oral sex, I had a look on the internet and it suggested: στοματικό σεξ – well, I can’t read it but I would be very careful in agreeing to anything with that kind of letters.

  • Martin Hingley

    13.10.2009 at 05:34 Reply

    Thanks for all the hard lobbying. Just to let you know… I spoke with Liam and Ben of the Didcot Herald today and they’re sending a photographer tomorrow. Guess we’re all going to have to buy a copy of the paper on Thursday!

  • George

    13.10.2009 at 06:37 Reply

    Hi mate – it’s George (Michelle’s friend and also Stratford audience member). I can confirm that asking for your daughter “pippa” may get you more than you bargained for in Greece. Great show the other night – somehow my girlfriend had not heard of you now I think she thinks you are funnier than I am!

  • Amanda

    13.10.2009 at 06:43 Reply

    Hi Adam

    Hope you managed to get your train on time, that was me who shouted “goodbye” just before the train station. Had a fantastic evening, looking forward to you coming back one day!

  • Chris

    13.10.2009 at 19:38 Reply

    I’ve been to many comedy shows but I have to say this one was pretty unique, but for all the right reasons! Thanks for a fun evening – I had a smile on my face for the rest of the weekend.

  • Sam

    15.10.2009 at 03:43 Reply

    Page 3 of the Herald today!! Also in Abingdon Herald, so doubly good stuff!


  • Andee

    15.10.2009 at 05:59 Reply
  • Lorna

    15.10.2009 at 09:22 Reply


    For their news on you… Thanks for last week. Think they are on to your evil plan. Please come back if they ask you- God forbid you go to Berinsfield instead… 🙂

  • Fatblokeinacardy

    18.10.2009 at 00:50 Reply

    The erstwhile North Berks Herald reports weekly on small towns in South Oxfordshire. In the interests of economy and engendering a (mild) sense of ownership, the title changes depending on in which area you buy your copy. The only difference is the front/back sheet. The most local item for Didcot is on the cover of the Didcot Herald with coverage of Didcot Town FC on the back. Page 2 has what would have been the main story in an adjacent area. Abingdon, Wantage and Wallingford are similarly served.
    Village news is grouped so that there is a Steventon page, one for Cholsey, maybe even one for Berinsfield; together with the bold locations it delivers an easily navigated newspaper. And it is still available, which is more than can be said for many that have fallen by the wayside, probably because it sells, probably because people like it.
    (Missed you this time around, please do come to the Cornershop again).

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