KunKy Monkey

KunKy Monkey

Hey there

Here’s a quick update on Part two of my Norwich adventure. After a restful day I headed back to the Playhouse Theatre for the gig I had organised the night before for a band called KunK. You may remember that two members of KunK were in the crowd so I promised to set up a gig for them.

So it was that at 6 o’clock in the tiny bar next to The Playhouse, thirty odd people assembled to get KunKed. I had already downloaded a few of their songs the night before, so I knew what to expect – and loved every second of it.


In a rocking half-hour set they played their first single “We Are Not Who You Think We Are”, their new single “No Way”, as well as “Game Over”, “Public Image Ltd”, and “Sara Wishes She Was A Robot”.

As challenged the previous night, they also attempted a rollicking version of “I’ve Got A Brand New Combine Harvester” that didn’t quite get there, but came pretty damn close. I think there is a gap in the market for a hard-rockin version of “Combine Harvester” and I think KunK are just the bad for it. Afterwards they told me they are doing a gig at the Hope And Anchor in Islington, London on November 16 to some industry bigwigs, so I’m puttin out the call people. Get on down to the Hope and Anchor on the 16th and let’s all get KunKed!

Still buzzing from their set, I took to the stage and found the following audience members: A couple called Clive and Beverley, that I thought looked so posh, when they had sex he probably exclaimed “Oh my darling, I seem to be arriving”. They looked like this:


A local electrician who looked more like a premiership footballer on a date with his hot model girlfriend:


There was also a guy and a girl in the front row dressed as, well a cat and a bunny. Seems they were at a gig I did last year at The Reading Festival, in which I dragged people dressed as cats on stage for a massive cat fight. Not sure why there were people there dressed as cats, but not only did these two remember it, the guy in the front row was one of the cats in question. He thought it would be fun to dress up again, and bring his girlfriend dressed as a bunny. They also brought the PG Tips monkey. Again, I’m not sure why.

The monkey spent the show onstage among some sad balloons left at the venue a week ago:


I even tried calling Johnny Vegas for a phone reunion between the two, but we kept missing each other. I eventually returned Monkey to his owners, with the balloons as a present:


Finally, I have to give a shout out to a young man who has been coming to my shows since he was thirteen years old. I met him and his sister Cassie in my Edinburgh audience one year, when I tugged eight year old Cassie’s pigtails. She said “Guess what my brother’s name is?” Turns out it was, and still is, Adam Hill.

Adam, Cassie and the Hill’s come to my Norwich shows every year, and I now feel a little family connection with them. Adam is quite the dapper and assured young man, while Cassie is absolutely lovely. I dragged Adam on stage for a photo, and as you can see he got the last laugh.


I think that’s all to report from Norwich. Oh, I also grabbed a girl’s mobile phone and changed her wallpaper from a shot of Michael McIntyre to a photo of me on stage.

I now have a few days off, although I am doing a charity gig at the London Comedy Store on Monday with Stewart Francis (I love him) and the amazing Stephen Merchant. Thanks to everyone that came to the shows this week, but in particular to the lovely people at The Norwich Playhouse. They make me feel at home whenever I play there, and went out of their way to organise a last minute show for my new favourite band – KunK:


Rock on lads!

See youse soon


1 Comment

  • Toni aka Bunny girl

    24.11.2009 at 02:58 Reply

    Thank you for the balloons, they are sitting in our spare bedroom. I think we will be coming to your shows when you are in Norwich all the time now, that was one of the best nights out we have had in a while. I haven’t laughed so much in ages.

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