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Celebrity encounters
« on: August 31, 2021, 03:54:44 PM »
Have you or an acquaintance ever met a famous person?  What were they like - grumpy, jolly, drunk?  My cousins in Edinburgh were babysat by Ewen 'spud' Bremner.  Apparently he was sound as a pound, nice, funny guy.  No noncing.  So there you go.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2021, 04:05:33 PM »
Yes.  Alone once with David Bowie.  He bent down over me, I was sitting, raised his sunglasses, winked and smiled.  I pretended I hadn't noticed.  I had noticed.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2021, 04:30:38 PM »
Bought a house off of someone who'd bought their hi-fi speakers off of Howard Jones does that count?

Saw the actual speakers like

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2021, 05:17:43 PM »
Told CaB this before but,
Worked on Branford Marsalis' car for a few years until he handed it off to his son who promptly killed it. Normal guy who said "fuck me" or something to that effect when you gave him an estimate for repairs.

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2021, 05:33:51 PM »
Izabella Scorupco gave me a snog as she was very drunk and I was in charge of a 100M helicopter. Would recommend

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2021, 05:37:10 PM »
None.

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2021, 05:39:17 PM »
Paging Jocki... Oh.

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2021, 05:48:53 PM »
Mentioned this one before, but here goes...

Bumped into Rick Wakeman who offered me use of his spare gloves because I couldn't find mine. In the end I didn't need them as mine turned up.

Later in the evening he passed around a packet of mints, from memory they were Polo Mints. 

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2021, 05:52:38 PM »
I was working in a court building in London a few years back. On the way out of the toilets I held the door open for a sprightly gent who gave me a nod and a 'thanks'.


"Hmm, he looks like Eric Idle," I pondered.


Then I saw him walking to the stairwell to meet two old gents who looked suspiciously like a certain Jones and Palin, all grinning. Turns out they were being sued by their old manager or somesuch.


Palin sat in the corridor seat opposite me while I was nibbling lunch, making old man 'pom pom pom' noises and tapping his knees.


I concentrated on my baguette as I am a coward.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2021, 06:00:50 PM »
I used to know Ewen a bit. I once took US alt-folk legend Michael Hurley along to a party at his house. That definitely happened, I didn't dream it. No cunt had a clue who he was, unsurprisingly.

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2021, 06:02:02 PM »
I egged on a schoolmate as he threw gravel at against the window of a restaurant where rory mcgrath was eating

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2021, 06:04:36 PM »
Bill Bailey once said "Fuck" when he nearly fell over my dog.

I've been dining out on this one for so many years. In other dog-related celeb news, Nettie Lynton (Helen from Crossroads) thought I was trying to steal their black Labrador when circumstances that would be too unbelievable even for an end-of-the-pier farce led to me hanging out at Nick Mason from Pink Floyd's house one afternoon.

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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2021, 06:09:24 PM »
Dave Walliams signed his autobiography for me at our branch of Waterstones.  He was extremely brown-skinned, had incredibly long legs and his hair was so heavily gelled it absolutely shone reflected light from the fixture above.

Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2021, 06:13:35 PM »
It's not uncommon to see people of varying degrees of recognisability in my office (mainly reality star- or TV chef-tier, but the occasional A-lister or big musician), but I'm not sure that counts as an interaction if you're just sharing a lift or passing through the lobby - like, I'd smile if I happened to make eye contact (as I would with anyone!), but I wouldn't say hi or anything. However my old job used to involve quite a bit of phone/email contact with vaguely famous people, which I've bored on about on here before.

My brother has a few good anecdotes about musicians he's met on tour, but my favourite he told me recently was how he once raided Edwyn Collins' rider at a festival. Didn't meet him or anything, just scarfed down his leftovers.

Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2021, 06:25:09 PM »
Yes.  Alone once with David Bowie.  He bent down over me, I was sitting, raised his sunglasses, winked and smiled.  I pretended I hadn't noticed.  I had noticed.
                        Cool, I find that quite heartwarming.  Not a major Bowie fan, but he seemed like a good bloke. 

Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2021, 06:44:17 PM »
Mother used to be quite friendly with Shaun Ryder and Bez. And that's probably all one can say about that.

My actual celeb encounters have been mainly convention related. Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, all lovely and chatty. As was Sylvester Mccoy, nice, but very quiet, to himself.

Once got Simon Donald (Viz man), to sign one of my annuals. He seemed a bit pissed off at me because I'd never heard of his stand up career. Which is great. So he told me. Even gave me his book for free to PROVE IT, ALRIGHT?

Shook the hand of Michael Cumming (Brass Eye director man), at a screening of Oxide Ghosts. I was very animated and chatty that day. (Translation: quite drunk). And I think he noticed his, hence his swift departure.

Steve Evets (Looking For Eric, also was once in The Fall, but then again, so are most people from Manchester), used to drink in my local.
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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2021, 08:38:52 PM »
Used to live next door to John Kettley. Really nice man.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2021, 09:14:41 PM »
Mate of mine got into an argument with the lead singer of the Spin Doctors. He says that Mr Two Princes was being a cunt, although to be fair he can be a cunt when he wants, so who knows. It was over Catcher in the Rye, for what it's worth.

Best I've got is smiling politely and saying hello to Fred MacAuley outside of one of his gigs.

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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2021, 09:16:26 PM »
Patricia Routledge (Mrs Bucket)
Dominic Monaghan (tricksy little hobbitses)
Anne Reid (Anne Reid)
Bob from Teachers

They filmed part of an episode of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates at our house. It was the episode with a schizophrenic in it, who went missing and went to the seaside.

They were all absolute cunts, and smelt heavily of drink from about 10am onwards.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2021, 09:26:37 PM »
Got an apology from Mark Kermode at a book signing because of a Radio 1 screening the organisers fucked up. Met William Peter Blatty (author of The Exorcist) at the same signing. Very nice and Californian, and looked like an overweight Des O'Connor.

Once on a way to meeting a friend, I remembered the amusing impression of Russell Tovey he did last time I saw him. As I chuckled to myself, around the corner come Tovey himself.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2021, 09:32:45 PM »
I've had a lock in with Jack black. That my friend's is both true and infinitely quotable.

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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2021, 09:34:38 PM »
Once got Simon Donald (Viz man), to sign one of my annuals. He seemed a bit pissed off at me because I'd never heard of his stand up career. Which is great. So he told me. Even gave me his book for free to PROVE IT, ALRIGHT?

I met him after he'd headlined a local comedy night and he was very friendly and cheery, though that's possibly as I'd mentioned how much I'd enjoyed the set, and how amazed I was that he'd produced Viz at an age where I spent all my time in my bedroom masturbating.

I've had a lock in with Jack black. That my friend's is both true and infinitely quotable.

I was in the Burger King in Leicester Square one evening minding my own business when I looked out the window and saw Black being carried in a large throne over the heads of a large crowd that had gathered. It was for the premier of the Tenacious D movie, but I hadn't noticed beforehand what was going on and so was quite surprised to suddenly see him.

Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2021, 09:35:18 PM »
My wife worked behind the bar at a Edinburgh Fringe venue in the early 00’s. Johnny Vegas was a regular and one night sort of broke down (I think reviews had been bad and he seemed really lost). She gave him and hug and let him chat and calmed him a bit.

One night she was treated to some close up magic, one on one, from the only person in the bar - Jerry Sadowitz.


Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2021, 09:43:24 PM »
I've told this on here before and I suspect it's the reason the thread was actually started but I went round to Martin Foyle's house once. He talked about horse racing and said Coronation Street was for women. Martin Foyle.

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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2021, 09:50:20 PM »

One night she was treated to some close up magic, one on one, from the only person in the bar - Jerry Sadowitz.


Ooh, lucky woman.


That sounds sarcastic but it isn't.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2021, 09:53:30 PM »
Over the past fifteen years or so, I've been lucky to have interviewed many festival guests and hosted q&a sessions. Was due to chat with Joe Dante last year, cancelled due to Covid. Haven't had too many 'Meg Ryan on Parky' incidents - in the main the people I've spoken with have been great to work alongside, most recently Toyah Willcox (just before she and Fripp discovered YouTube). Also interviewed Edith Scob (Eyes Without a Face, Holy Motors) who was really fun, joyous and full of life (though she died a few months later...)

Oddly I've not had too many chance encounters, other than bumping into Jarvis Cocker and Vic Reeves at St Pancras (on separate occasions, not as a double act)

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2021, 10:09:32 PM »
At my Rada audition back in't 80's John 'Day of the Triffids' Duttine was on the panel. Got a recall and I should have seen the warning signs. This time the person I faintly recognised was Ann Beach, the neighbour from Fresh Fields.

Got a G&T given to me by Bjork outside Madame Jo Jo's after a night at Club Indigo.

I won't mention Alison Moyet at an Ocean Colour Scene bar-b-q

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2021, 10:12:31 PM »
I encountered Dexter Fletcher on a deserted beach while I was on lsd.

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« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2021, 10:20:06 PM »
I met Cerys Matthews after a solo gig in 2006 and managed to not make a twat of myself, despite her being responsible for my bisexual awakening. Her keyboard player gave us crisps. She's very small. I think someone else on here met her and said she was rude and drunk but she was nice when I met her, she signed my ticket even though she had her baby son with her.

Also Tommy Scott from Space is lovely, though he acts like a hyperactive toddler when he's pissed. And I was rude about Prince Philip's hat when I was little. He gave me the evils.

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Re: Celebrity encounters
« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2021, 10:43:38 PM »
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