A Funny Thing Happened …
Walking down the High Street in Oxford I was thinking about a fellow comedian. Andy Murray is a first year at Keble College, and a jolly talented stand up and improv exponent. He is also a first class fellow. I was thinking about whether he will one day choose to acknowledge that he shares his name with the rather inelegant Scotch tennis player.
I had been thinking about this for about twenty seconds when someone tapped me on the forearm. Lo and behold, it was Andy Murray – THE Andy Murray, not the tennis player.
I suppose in 30 years it would be odd if something like that did NOT happen; nevertheless it was extraordinary at the time, and rather enjoyable. Shame it wasn’t Rachel de Thame though.
The other one was a near miss. I tend to sign off family phone calls with the words “Love You”. It’s just the kind of guy I am. On occasion I have accidentally said it to other people – once to a babysitter who rather freaked me out by kissing me goodnight (not, I hasten to add, actually inappropriately), and recently to my friend Richard. It seems that if things have been affable and friendly, my brain kicks into gear thinking that I should express great affection.
With Richard I meant to say “Love to the family”, so that sort of explained that. But I came within an ace of saying “Love You” to someone I do not know well at the end of a purely business phone call. Thank GOD I didn’t quite do so. Although now that I have tempted fate, I probably will …
Oh yeah, I am entering the competition So You Think You’re Funny. I am scheduled to enter the first stage on 26th June in London. Perhaps you might like to keep the evening free. I’m told audience reaction counts for nothing in the judge’s / judges’ mind/s, and I’m sure that’s true, but it would nonetheless be a boon to see some friendly faces.
Could someone please tell me how to bump my links and stuff on the right hand side of my blog back up the page? And if you know of somewhere uber cheap (but nice) to stay around Canary Wharf, that would also be much appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org
My next gig is at the Wheatsheaf in Oxford on Sunday 7th May. I am sharing the bill with, amongst others, THE Andy Murray. We kick off at 8pm.