Jackie Wilson always makes me happy:

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I was at Science Museum Lates last night, and two things struck me:

1) It’s a bloody awesome date venue (OK, so you might not look your sexiest when dressed as a cockroach*, but there’s lots of playful stuff to do together, and you can appear very knowledgeable while pottering around, even if you’re a total chump).

2) By God there’s some awesomely cheap stuff to do in this city. Even my most tightwadded of mates couldn’t refuse this. Free to get in and just under a fiver for a bottle of beer and some Bombay mix. A highly enjoyable and economical evening.

As I shambled out, there was a throng of people outside staring at the Science Museum wall. Obviously I did some staring too, but it was only when said wall began to crumble that I understood it was some sort of projection.

Sensodyne were promoting their new protecting range of toothpastes, and bloody clever it was too. Every time someone hit the punchbag, the wall would crack, and the Sensodyne icon would come out to repair the damage. Look, here’s a vid I recorded on my phone.

Now I know the whole point of this is to generate a viral buzz, and the conspiracy theorist in me wants to avoid being part of the machine. But if I can take off my tin-foil helmet for a moment, this is genuinely fun, playful and clever. It got lots of people involved and was really inclusive. So well done Sensodyne; a nice coda to a really cool night.

* I missed the cockroach tour, but as I was walking out I heard loads of people saying it was the best thing of all. I can believe it. I will definitely do it next time.


Wow it’s a great time to be a radio and comedy enthusiast. As well as the phenomenal stand-up scene in London at the moment, a quick glance at Radio 4 Extra’s comedy page shows a wealth of BBC comedies going back 40 years, all available on demand.

There’s also lots of new programming, including fantastic Victorian romps from The Penny Dreadfuls (who I was at Uni with, though never met – very funny chaps) and News Quiz Extra, which gives you some of the edited-out bits from that week’s News Quiz along with interview and behind-the-scenes excepts.

One stood out for me this week: What’s So Funny? with Rufus Hound. It’s a breakdown of what’s happening in the world of comedy each week, and is a must for comedy fans. There’s a different guest each week (this week it was Dave Gorman), from the show I heard, is a good ‘un for anyone who wants to try their hand at stand-up. I’m just going to subscribe to the podcast now.


Elbowspins

22Apr11

While we’re in a video mood. Check this suckah out:

I’d give my right arm to do tricks like that (dad joke alert).

The music is a speeded up version of The New Birth – ‘Come on and Dream Some Paradise’. Blinding track.


Heard Huey Morgan playing this on 6Music last week. Just love it:


This is me trying out some new material at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell a couple of months ago. I’m still pretty new to it all, so I’d love to hear any thoughts. Cheers folks!

P.S. The Cavendish Arms is awesome. Great place to perform and watch comedy.


Now with added Lionel Richie:

Lionel Richie missing poster

Via the ever-lovely Sarah Pearce. For more flyer greatness check out these beauties.



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