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They're bound to disappoint - like the time we booked Wayne Hussey for the B3ta Radio Show. Five minutes before we're due to record, Wayne
phones, lost on the M25 with his Brazilian wife screaming in the background. Not so much the King of Goth, as a hen-pecked flake.

(, Thu 25 May 2006, 14:17)
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The Comedian Simon Munnery
I've met many stand up comedians, the majority of whom are really genuinely nice people and will always stop & take the time to say hello.
Honourable mentions in that field must got to Stephen K Amos, Richard Herring, Rob Newman, Howard Read, Andrew Maxwell, Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Al Murray amongst others.

But, when it comes to "getting down wiv da kids", Simon Munnery is king.

Every year he does a show during the Edinburgh Festival at The Stand, called "Simon Munnery's AGM". It's a ramshackle sort of institution & includes everything from Munnery playing harmonica and rambling semi-improvised lyrics whilst a drummer keeps a beat - through to brilliant sketches, new & old material, character pieces (including Alan Parker : Urban Warrior), guest performances and much, much more.

The title "AGM" comes from the idea of every member of the audience having the opportunity to submit a 'motion' for discussion toward the end of the show.
Time restraints at the venue invariably result in Munnery being unable to get through the entire audience's suggestions.

Rather than just reading out a handful & calling it a day, Munnery likes to give everyone a chance.
So, he decamps the gig - inviting anyone who wants to come - to the pub across the road, or a neighbouring courtyard.

Apparently this is a regular occurence. When I was in attendance, I was one of about 15 people from the audience who elected to continue the show at the pub across the road, where Munnery held court for another two hours, as we went through the remaining suggestions that had been submitted.

It was truly democratic, and wasn't simply a case of Munnery taking a submission, making a joke of it and moving on to the next one, everyone was involved, everyone was allowed to state their opinions on the motion, make their own jokes, etc.

Everyone there found him to be a genial host, as well as a genuine wit, proving how deserving of his fanbase he is. I bought him a pint - and rather than expecting that as "performer's right" as some might - he was very appreciative and humble. A lovely man.

This "post-show" went on for so long that his wife called twice whilst he was doing this wondering where the hell he was!!!!
(, Fri 26 May 2006, 11:47, Reply)

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