Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East and Central London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 117 Saturday 10th September until Friday 16th September 2016.
What a week of celebrity spotting and show biz it’s been. Tuesday the hottest September day in 50 years I travelled on sweaty trains and tubes into London with Ian. We were there to attend the recording of a TV show. Due to being early we had a couple of sherbets locally while watching the world go. This was when I noticed a man walking to the bar that I recognised.
Chabuddy G, a hero.
Asim Chaudhry who plays my fave character “Chabuddy G” in BBC3’s “People Just Do Nothing” was such a lovely and polite man who didn’t mind me stopping him while he held a couple of drinks. This really made my day in fact my month. Not long later I noticed actress Anna Chancellor from “Four Weddings” wondering around, after my success with Chabuds I didn’t want to push it with Duckface.
The hottest September day in 50 years.
As I mentioned earlier we were in London to watch the recording of a TV quiz, an episode of Celebrity Chase. The tickets were free; we didn’t have anything else to do so why not. Unfortunately we missed our recording partly due to the number of pints consumed and because of the number of tickets they issued; they allocate more than the studio can actually hold. We were asked to come back later which we did after a couple more drinks and some food to sober up. The worst part of being an audience member is the queuing beforehand this is normally outside. Most of the audience seemed to consist of pensioners or young people who I would imagine are either students bunking off or unemployed like me. There was a moment when I could smell weed, I scanned the queue hoping to see a pensioner passing a joint around.
Studio 1, The London Studios.
The celebs for this recording were an ex footballer I’d never heard of, a singer with a nice voice who had hits years ago, a broadcaster who is an ex tennis player and Des O Connors ex TV wife. The recording took a couple of hours during which time my bum was numb and my knees ached. But none of this mattered as I had a great evening watching the cameras and other bits of equipment being used on the studio floor. We waddled home a little drunk but very happy.
I still think of this building as the LWT stuidos.
I mentioned that this has been a showbiz week. I have for many years wanted to have a go at being a film/TV extra, try acting and/or stand up. The time seems to be right so I am giving it a go. At the end of October I’m taking part in a show in which I am doing 10 mins of stand up, I won’t be telling jokes I’ll just take the piss out of myself. Of course I am nervous but I think this is what I need to do, get it out of my system.
It was a tough Tuesday, i bared up as best as i could.
This week I had my first audition. I was so excited when I made my way in to London on another hot sweaty day squashed in a corner of the tube, that when I arrived I was told that I was 24hrs early. I returned the next day on time, the audition was as I expected I improvised with a couple of others actors when given a scenario. I have also been to see a casting agent who appears to be interested. They are looking for all shapes and sizes and with me there getting the best of both categories.
Nice meeting this week.
This was told to me but is celebrity related. The great Warwick Davis star of Star Wars and Harry Potter films riding a Segboard (Balance board) outside the studio he is currently filming at. My friend who was in a Car passing, pointed him out to a colleague who turned to her and said “where”.
Visited this building twice this week, that’s twice too many.
In other news…..
Art in St P’s.
A job website this week told me I was an idea candidate for a job requiring a bilingual Portuguese speaker, I barely speak English. After sniffing a new perfume I put the bottle back on the display, turned around and heard a smash. The bottle had fallen in to a thousand pieces after it came unstuck from the Blu Tac that was holding it in place. This wasn’t my fault. Saw a man on the tube late at night carrying a massive slice of watermelon.
And you thought MOZ had been forgotten this week…. wrong.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching: “Cleverman”, (Season 1, ep2). “Horizon: Jimmy Carr and the Science of Laughter”, (2015/16, ep 15). “James May The Reassembler”, (Season 1, ep 1 to 3). “Josh”, (Season 1, ep 1 & 2). “Lost Sitcoms 4: Steptoe And Son” (2016). “Obesity The Post Mortem”. “One Of Us”, (ep 3). “People Just Do Nothing”, (Season 3, ep 5). “Red Dwarf”, (Season XI, ep 1). “Ripper Street”, (Season 4, ep 4). “The Celebrity Chase”, (Recorded 13/09/16). “The Great Flying Challenge”, (ep2). “The Great British Bake Off”, (Season 7, ep4). “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (Season 3, ep 4). “The Last Leg: Live From Rio”, (2016, ep 4 to 10). “The Out-Laws”, (Season 1, eps 9). “Would I Lie To You”, (Season 10, ep 2).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Desert Island Discs: Kenneth Williams”, (26/07/87). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Bonus)”, (12/09/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (12/09, 13/09 & 14/09/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Live)”, (12/09, 13/09, 15/09/16). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (15/09/16). “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (14/09/16). ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (09/09, 10/09 & 16/09/16). “The Adam Buxton Podcast”, (ep 27,11/08/16 7 ep 28, 01/09/16). “The Angelos & Barry Show”,(30/09, 23/09, 19/09/14). “The Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast”, (ep 101,15/06/16). “Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round”, (ep 15, 04/2013)(ep 16 to 20, 05/2013)(ep 21 to 23, 07/2013)(ep 184 & 185, 08/2016). “Strange Times”, (ep 191, 30/08/16). “Morrissey”, “Artic Monkeys”, “Cranberries”, “Garbage”, “Blossom”, “Rondoveneziano”.”Kings of Leon”, “Christine and the Queen”.