Funnily enough, about a year ago, when walking around in Bromley, we found a theatre who were showing The New Statesman. It was sold out. And a week or two ago, we found out it was showing in Nottingham! Soooo… we went last night. 🙂
It was hilarious!
Rik Mayall! On stage! w00t! “Deliciously sinister” I think I read somewhere. Very true. This is the first time either of us has seen him live, but we could tell he’s a seasoned pro, turning fluffed-up lines into improvisation that is incredibly funny. Sometimes, they all kind of lost the plot and were laughing.
Now, two options: Read the BBC Nottingham review for instance, or why not pay the play’s official website a visit? There’s a video blog that’s quite interesting. Also, you can see where it’s playing and what it’s about, because I have to go and make some dinner, so can’t be bothered. 😛
Okay, let’s edit this and elaborate a little, to make myself clear. The bit about never seeing Rik Mayall on stage might not seem like a big deal to some people. To me, it is. Not as huge as it would be to meet Sam Neill, okay, but still, a pretty big deal. (Have also seen a stand-up gig with Ardal O’Hanlon, front row seats, but I think I might be in denial about that. ;))
I have “The Young Ones” on DVD, and before I had that, I had recorded the episodes to cassette tape, as well as translated a few of the episodes into Swedish when I was bored. I also have “Bottom” and “Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis” on DVD, and Bridget has “The New Statesman”. Seen “Guest House Paradiso” (although we kinda wish we didn’t – the ending was made us feel rather sick), “Drop Dead Fred”, “Blackadder”, “In The Red” (which I would like on DVD), “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and ffs, I even got “Merlin: The Return” on DVD… although I kinda wish I didn’t – it’s well and truly awful. (Not Rik’s fault.) Book-wise, I sport “Bachelor Boys” and “Bigger Than Hitler – Better Than Christ”. Sure, it’s not exactly a complete Rik collection by any means, but still, decent fandom. Shame they cut out Peeves from HP1.
And there he was, live on stage! The Rik Mayall, comedy legend! Yes, I know, it’s normally quite anal humour (especially in “Bottom” [sic!]), it has to be said, but crazy enough for me to go “yay!” about it. And with “Bottom”, getting into hysterical laughing fits. And it was a very funny show with lots of big laughs. Money well spent! And now, when watching “The Young Ones” or anything else, one can say “seen him live!” And that’s pretty cool, I think.