25 August, 2008

An excellent day

I had a nice day today. Quite unusual for a Monday but hey, I'll take my good days where I can get them.

I spent the afternoon as part of the studio audience for Enough Rope. I pricked up my ears last week when I heard an announcement at the end of a TV programme asking for audience members for a show starring Bill Bailey. Did I want to see Bill Bailey? Does the Queen have corgis? I rang the very next morning and scored two tickets.

Has anyone been in a studio audience before? Blimey, isn't it knackering? My friend and I arrived at 2pm, 15 minutes earlier than than the required time to find a massive queue waiting for us. Well, that isn't actually true. I arrived at 1.45pm because I am anally retentive and have an overwhelming fear of being late for events. My friend (Yummy Mummy, a fellow nurse) arrived at 2.10pm because a) she does not share my anxiety disorder and b) she has a small child to look after. Anyway, after queueing, being checked off on a list and being corralled into a small area we were finally allowed into the studio at 3pm. It was very exciting. The warm up chappie was highly entertaining. He asked the audience a few standard questions, where were people from, who'd come the furthest etc. as well as asking if any groups were in. Yes, there was a group from somewhere (I have to say I can't remember where) but the second group to identify themselves were from the New South Wales Nurses Association. They got a big cheer and round of applause. Clearly, nurses are popular. Yummy and I felt a little embarrassed as we didn't join in the big clap and cheer. We both felt as though we would have been patting ourselves on the back but then we realised that we just looked like a couple of nurse haters. I had no idea whether to bask in the mass glory or applaud my colleagues two rows above. Ho hum.

We had a great afternoon. We finally got out at 6pm and our moment of fame will be broadcast next week. I'll leave you with a couple of my favourite Bill Bailey moments. The first one will make no sense if you don't know who Billy Bragg is but I hope you like it. The second one will make no sense if you're a) not British or b) haven't lived in the UK for a reasonable period of time. Watch them anyway. I'm sure you'll like them.



8 comments:

Foodycat said...

I love Billy Bragg. I love Bill Bailey. I love that sketch! But your non-British readers may need an explanation of the wooden forks - we don't get them in Oz!

SSS said...

Oh! Right. Well, a wooden fork is a little stick - sort of like a fat ice block stick - about 8cm long with a sort of fork type end to it. You get them in chip shops.

How was that?!

Jacki said...

What are the wooden forks for? Eating the chips?

I love Bill Bailey too.

Also was Andrew Denton as quick witted in person as he seems in his interviews?

Foodycat said...

I think they are for spiking the chips, but they aren't nearly as effective as fingers.

SSS said...

Yes, they're for eating chips but they're mostly chucked about by disaffected yoofs.

NiC said...

Excellent......I like to think that even the great Billy Barg would enjoy that one.

SSS said...

I can confirm that the Bard from Barking loves it. Bill told a story about when he was at Glastonbury one year, he bumped into Billy - like you do - and Billy asked him to perform the song with him.

NiC said...

Excellent!