Hello dear reader
Once again I have decided to trot out my mainly improvised live show “Mess Around” in which I attempt to create an hour or so of laughter from random members of the audience. And once again I am documenting those shows in a showblog.
This time the city is Montreal, where I am performing at Zoofest at the Just For Laughs Festival. I have six nights of shows scheduled, and will update you after each one. Here goes:
Last night saw a wet but determined audience make it to The Mainline Theatre after a torrential downpour soaked St Laurent to the core. There seemed to be a lot of Aussies in (surprise surprise) including a lady and her husband from Roma in Queensland, and a guy named “Toggs” from a place called Keith.
There was also a lovely English man with his French Canadian girlfriend, a polite Canadian couple who eventually admitted they had done some pretty kinky things in bed with ice cubes, and an enormous Dutchman called Peter, who was dressed eerily like me.
I dragged him on stage, of course, had a photo taken with him, tweeted it, and asked people for a caption:
There were a few inventive tweets suggesting my cloning experiments had gone awry, and one from Dave to say that this guy had a foot on me, but the majority seemed to make mention of what can only be described as our “man boobs” or moobs as they were often called. One person made reference to the movie Fight Club by simply tweeting “Bob…had bitch tits”.
As you can imagine, I was appalled and outraged by this, and decided that Peter and I would attempt to improve our physique before the end of the week, and for a good cause. I challenged Peter to return to the show on Saturday, to attempt 100 push ups and 100 sit ups over the hour. I will attempt the same challenge in the same show.
I also decided that it should all be for charity. Last year in Montreal I did a one-off gig for a Wellness Centre for people with Cancer called Hope and Cope. It all came about after a lady who worked there, who happened to be in my audience, challenged me to do a gig for cancer patients. I did, along with Jimmy Carr, Deanne Smith and David O’Doherty, and it was the most fun we had all Festival.
So, this Saturday, Peter and I will attempt 100 situps and 100 pushups during my show, and in the meantime we will try to get ourselves sponsored for Hope and Cope. I’m thinking 10c per push up and sit up. That means if we make 100, people will have to donate $10. I will attach the details for Hope and Cope’s website as the week progresses, but for now the challenge is set – 100 push ups and 100 sit ups during my show on Saturday. If we make it, people donate ten bucks to Hope and Cope.
Deal? Are you in? I hope so.
Please let me know in a comment after this blog if you are up for sponsoring me.
And to see whether this all makes a difference, Peter and I took “before shots” of our bellies:
and side on:
It’s on people! The Montreal Belly Olympics had begun. I’ll update more as the shows progress.