Mess Around UK 2011- London Night 6 (Part 1)

Mess Around UK 2011- London Night 6 (Part 1)

Hello all

It was another “Mess Around” double-header tonight, with shows at 8 and 10pm, so I’ll give you the 8 o’clock wrap up first.

The audience joy started before the show even began, as I arrived backstage to find a gift. It was a cake, baked in the shape of a fire engine, with the slogan “Go You Big Red Fire Engine”.


I took it on stage with, and proceeded to explain the significance of  the phrase “Go You Big Red Fire Engine” with the help of a man in the front row from Wanstead called Louie Collard (I think it was Louie. I swear my memory is really starting to fade) If you haven’t seen me do this routine, it involves turning a hapless stranger into a James Brown-esque rock star, and tonight he looked like this:


Much hilarity ensued, and I then explained how one night many years ago the “rock star” in question yelled the phrase “Go You Big Red Fire Engine” and since then it has become my mantra.In fact, I am now toying with the idea of resurrecting it for next year’s show, “Go You Big Red Fire Engine 3”.

I then turned my attention back to the cake, and brought down the lovely Alison and Rosie, the people responsible for the amazing creation:


Alison had actually suggested via twitter that perhaps we could auction off the cake, and donate the proceeds to a charity. The charity she suggested came from a meeting with an audience member after the show last night by the name of Reghan.

Reghan works for Great Ormond St Hospital, and recently completed the Great Northern Run to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. Last night I suggested in my blog that we could help her out, so tonight I gave away slices of cake to people willing to make a donation on their way out of the show. I am yet to count the cash, but I can tell you it weighed down my bag on the way home. I’ll let you know how much we raised, as well as how much we collected last night for Play Association Hammersmith.

That’s all I have to report from the first show, apart from the fact that I took a slice of cake backstage and it was excellent.While eating it another gift arrived from some people who were in the second show, and it demonstrated the difference between an 8 and a 10pm show. But I’ll leave that for the next blog.

To be continued…



  • David Callen

    26.09.2011 at 03:06 Reply

    Thanks for a cracking show Adam. Hope the rest of the run goes as well as it did last night and you get a variety of cakes and other confectionery for your trouble.

    And for anyone who might want to see an entire audience shout a man from Brighton’s name back at him (in this case the Louis Collard referred to in the blog) then the video is here. Knock yourself out 🙂

  • Alison Shoop

    26.09.2011 at 05:50 Reply

    Glad you liked the cake Adam – I was worried the “arse end” would be all icky icing and no cake. Thanks for a brilliant show, although I’m not sure Rosie will ever forgive me. Embarrassing the kids – all part of the parenting job description!

  • Catriona Rowland

    26.09.2011 at 08:59 Reply

    Thanks a million for helping Reghan’s charity.
    It means so much to her and especially all the
    Kids she helps each day at GOSH. She is a star.
    She is your number 1 fan. Thank Alison & Roisie for the cake.
    Looked gr8 and yummy. GOSH thanks you all.
    Laughter is best medicine & just what we needed on friday after a Wk at GOSH.
    Night night. Cx

  • Reghan Foley

    26.09.2011 at 10:25 Reply

    Dear Adam,
    I am incredibly honoured and deeply thankful that you have helped to spread the word about the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign! This cause is so near and dear to my heart, as I have lost a close friend to muscular dystrophy and have dedicated my medical career to caring for children with neuromuscular diseases, moving across the pond in order to join the best research team for paediatric neuromuscular conditions- here at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    To all generous hearts out there who have already donated, thank you!!! Your support is deeply appreciated.

    I remain your number 1 fan, Adam!!!

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