After another unnecessary early start (let me sleep past 7.15,oh Jesu, I pray thee) I had a lot of time to kill before showtime. I felt well enough to go to the gym for the first time in two months, I looked around the weird Lowry Outlet shops, I bought a cheap belt from Marks and Spencer, I drank coffee. This is what it’s like on tour.
I also had a look at episode one of AIOTM. Although it is a bit seat-of-its-pants and we didn’t have time to rehearse it properly on the day, there’s plenty of fun stuff in it. One section is a bit too rubbish to even be in the extended secret channel version (but we will certainly put it up somewhere on the secret channel with me taking the piss out of it) and you can see how tired we are by the end of it all and we also learned a lot about how to light it and where the best places for the cameras were. It’s certainly ramshackle in places. Chris Evans (not that one) says that that is its charm. In which case it is the most charming thing ever committed to film.
But I think all in all it’s a very good start. The plan is to try and get the long version of this episode put together as soon as possible and stick it up on the kickstarter secret channel. This will be packed with extra material, cut bits, bloopers and behind the scenes footage (there’s already a few things on there). And if you didn’t contribute to the kickstarter you can access it all for £15 here
I think it will be a few weeks or even months before we put out the shorter free version. I want to get at least half of them finished (and maybe all six), having learned from RHMOL that it was hard to build up momentum when the shows came out in dribs and drabs. Plus it’s a reward for all the people who invested in the show to get to see what we’ve done earlier than everyone else. The studio section of this first show came in at 45 minutes and there’s over 15 minutes of inserts to go in, so there should be a fair amount of extra stuff on line if we cut the finished episodes down to the proposed 30 minutes (they will probably be a bit longer). Be interesting to see what you make of it. There’s a good bit where my trousers are riding low and you can see my pants. Something for the ladies. And gay men. And lesbians and straight men who want to see my pants.
And a very enjoyable night at the Lowry, though nothing as bizarre as the last two nights. As I did my joke about being the best stand up comedian in the world I accidentally pressed the release button on my mic and speaky bit came away from the wire (I know that’s a bit technical, but not sure how to express it in layman’s terms), which somewhat dented my admittedly deliberately hubristic claims. It’s an embarrassing error, but one that I covered by pretence that it was a deliberate bit of stand up to give the people who didn’t get my clever-clever gag something to laugh about. But that aside it was a fun show to an almost capacity audience.
It was a short walk back over to the hotel and I decided to treat myself to the pint of Guinness that I should have had on St Patrick’s night. I didn’t really enjoy it, but it and a subsequent large whiskey, plus the adrenaline from a good gig put me in a skittish mood and I tweeted nonsense until I was too tired to do it any more.