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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Rest In Peace Our Not Really Dead Friend

Erik was back with a vengeance tonight, and the show rolled along on fine comedy form. We have really established a fine double act now that I hope continues. The BBC are still dragging their heels over offering us the Saturday 10am-1pm slot on 6Music, having just given the comedian Peter Serafinowicz six week run. I assume that we’ll be taking over from him.

Sadly, the booked turn, The Barnum Meserve had to cancel due to flu, but we still provided a solid gold two hours. We have such a stream of subjects to riff on that I can barely remember everything about it, but we mentioned myspace, face book, accordions, Whoopee John, (two interlinked recurring themes of the show) and even returned to the Bobbersmill Transport Cafe. The big topic of the night was our attempt to start the rumour that my old co-presenter Chris Underwood had been killed, overshadowing, (for us) the death today of Whitney Houston.

Chris Underwood is not dead.

Yes he is.

No he isn’t.

My daughter was listening tonight, as she is staying with us for half term, and as the show is on a school night she doesn’t often get to hear it. She seems to think that all we talk about is dead people, and given that we opened with Whoopee John, and killed a friend (albeit fictitiously), she had a point. For some reason, Betty White came into our conversation. We had already pointed out that everyone we mention dies, so went to great lengths not to suggest she was dead. The last remaining Golden Girl is very much alive, and especially as she is more likely to sue us that Chris. The whole Internet rumour riff gave me yet another chance to air my now legendary Adam West story, which I am still very proud of. I also made a comment about September 11th being the date of the first show I did on Trent Sound, and that being what September 11th will be remembered for. It’s funny because it isn’t the only reason.

Believe it or not, we managed to play some music too:

Max Miller ‘Let’s Have A Ride On Your Bicycle’
Nine Inch Nails ‘Head Like A Hole’
‘Entry Of The Gladiator’ (otherwise known as ‘the circus music’, which we have taken as our theme tune)
The Whoopee John Orchestra ‘In Heaven There Is No Beer’
Yunioshi ‘CTRL’
Alanis Morrisette ‘Ironic’ (played for Mandi as a birthday present)
Altered Images ‘Happy Birthday’
The Barnum Meserve ‘Autumn Park’
‘If You Had A Heart It Would Be Made Of Glass’
Terry Scott ‘My Brother’ (I always top the hour with a comedy tune)
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine ‘This Is How It Feels’
Coldplay ‘Paradise’ (played for my daughter, it was either this or Wand Erection. As much as I hate Coldplay, this seemed the better choice)
In The North Wood ‘For What It Is’
The Highliners ‘The Benny Hill Boogie’
Theme from The Muppet Show
(both the above played as the most inappropriate tributes to our dead/not really dead friend Chris Underwood)
Prince ‘Kiss’
The Toy Dolls ‘The Devil Went Down To Scunthorpe’
Rebel Territory ‘On The Rock And Roll’
Pop Will Eat Itself ‘Can You Dig It?’

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