Started by Small Man Big Horse, February 11, 2024, 03:11:16 PM
Quote from: lauraxsynthesis on February 11, 2024, 05:47:30 PMI read somewhere years ago - either here or on Popbitch - that Mark Watson and Richard Ayoade were in Footlights together and RA hero worshipped Watson for his comedy talent and followed him around like a puppy dog. RA is 3 years older though so may be bollocks. I can easily believe though that MW's skills would have been evident when an undergraduate.
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on February 12, 2024, 04:50:24 PMWhich really surprised me because I didn't know any one outside of Cambridge University could apply to be in the group,
Quote from: lipsink on February 12, 2024, 05:00:32 PMIs there evidence of Mark Watson being a cunt then? I thought he seems an okay guy from what I've heard. Prepared to be proved wrong!
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on February 12, 2024, 04:50:24 PM"In 2001, despite not being a member of the University, Tim Key joined the Footlights and befriended Mark Watson."
Quote from: Thosworth on February 12, 2024, 05:15:47 PMHe's discussed this on at least a couple of podcasts. He lived in Cambridge and just went to the auditions and made it in.An eyebrow was raised when they had to all write their email addresses and amongst a column of @cantab.ac.uk addresses his was @btinternet.com ("It hasn't come through"). At one point they all came to rehearse at 'his college' and he had to take them to the practice room the location of which he had no idea.Some time into the year a director worked it out but let him get pretty embedded into the show before saying "Tim has something to tell you all", but no one cared too much.
Quote from: lauraxsynthesis on February 12, 2024, 05:21:17 PMI get the impression that Watson's alright as a person, but I can't remember from what. Not impressed with him tarting himself out for cider etc of course. I should dislike him because the first time I saw him I kinda stared because I thought he was hot and he gave me a nasty look. I'd no idea he was a comedian but he must have thought I recognised him and was being creepy rather than just generally horny for big-nosed brunettes.
Quote from: lauraxsynthesis on February 12, 2024, 05:21:17 PMKen Cheng talks in Radio 4's Comedy Club Interviews about benefiting from the good comedy scene in Cambridge without being a student at all. He found it was a good place to gig because there were lots of opportunities and a receptive audience.
Quote from: Otisberg on February 12, 2024, 06:05:54 PMAll so unbearable. Shame British comedy has been held hostage by them all for 60 years.
Quote from: Phil_A on September 21, 2017, 04:01:21 PMInterestingly it seems he had a rep as a forum pain-in-the-bum from other places as well, someone mentions him posting on the Channel 4 forums under the same name.
Quote from: lauraxsynthesis on February 12, 2024, 05:21:17 PMOlivia Colman is another one who kinda sneaked into Footlights without actually being at Cambridge University. She was at a teacher training college in the city, saw the auditions for Footlights were on and went for it. I think it was on David Tennant's podcast I heard the story.
Quote from: gilbertharding on February 12, 2024, 07:51:37 PMWas going to 'well actually' you, and say that Homerton College is part of the University, but apparently that's only been true since 2000. When Colman was there it was some kind of associate member (unclear how that would affect the ability of students to join societies, mind you), and had been since the mid 70s.
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