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Brian Butterfield Tour

Started by Small Man Big Horse, June 14, 2023, 10:23:47 AM

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imitationleather

ON THE TUBE FEELING HYPED RIGHT NOW NGL

Marv Orange

Was in the queue behind James Bachman of Mitchell and Webb and this forum.. Sure he was pleased to have an old bloke say hello and mention this place.

imitationleather

Just dropped my life savings on a signed copy of the book.

Oosp

Quote from: imitationleather on June 14, 2024, 07:22:33 PMJust dropped my life savings on a signed copy of the book.

Is there a merch stall??? Where?

imitationleather


Marv Orange

And rufus hound in the smoking area in a poncho

Oosp

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Merch stand after if ye want meetup?

OR NOT, NO PRESSURE

neveragain

Can't wait for the book to be on general release.

Crunk

Quote from: Marv Orange on June 14, 2024, 09:04:59 PMAnd rufus hound in the smoking area in a poncho

How I've always imagined he spends the entirety of his spare time tbqh

McDead

The results have been increbidle

imitationleather

Quote from: Oosp on June 14, 2024, 09:42:58 PMMerch stand after if ye want meetup?

OR NOT, NO PRESSURE

Sorry I didn't see this until I was home and all tucked up in bed. Would've been up for meeting.

Did you get a tote? I sort of liked them but reckoned only about 100 people on the planet would've got it.

checkoutgirl

Possibly in a nod to a certain political figure the merchandise table included Buttcoins. For a man who has failed in every business venture, Brian certainly has many irons in the fire still.

I was mildly tempted to purchase a Buttcoin but common sense prevailed. Although I wouldn't discourage merch as the tickets were very reasonable at €30 and the guy had to endure a fat suit for that kind of money.

imitationleather

By the way, I thought the show was excellent. Really surpassed my idea of what a Brian Butterfield live performance could be. He just embodies that character completely. I kept forgetting it was actually Peter Serafinowicz in there. And the book is fucking funny, so much better than the programme shite you usually pay through the nose for on these big tours. (I'm looking at you here, Peter Kay.)

It was being filmed last night so VHS release incoming?

I couldn't make it all the way through Stratagem but it was really stark how tired Partridge in a live setting looked compared to this.

imitationleather


checkoutgirl

Quote from: imitationleather on June 15, 2024, 10:56:56 AMI couldn't make it all the way through Stratagem but it was really stark how tired Partridge in a live setting looked compared to this.

If Brian had done multiple series of TV shows, multiple tours, books, appearances, specials and a feature film over 30 years you'd probably be thinking the same thing about him. I'd never seen a Butterfield stage show in real life or on video. And he's only been on a few clips of a sketch show from 15 years ago. He's just a fresher character.

He's a less well know character (Madison Square Garden sell out show notwithstanding) .

Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth

I saw this in London on Friday and it was fantastic. Whether it was worth the better part of 80 quid (including travel and hideously high London beer prices) I don't know, but I was too entertained during the show to think about it.

How good is the makeup? I was up in the back row, so he was just a grey shape to me.

Rolf Lundgren

Was also at Hammersmith and what a good night it was too. I got the signed book which was a reasonable £30 and is a proper, very funny book and far better a piece of merchandise than you ever expect for these gigs.

I really like how we don't know anything about Brian's home life or family. It's pure joke after joke and silliness throughout.
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The Ian McKellen impression when Brian goes out to the toilet had me in hysterics.
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DrGreggles

Saw it last night.
The
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drawn out explanation of the 5 bees
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had me in stitches.
Such a funny show.

dharmashark

Saw it on Friday, loved it. I was skeptical at first, because it's been so long since he's played Brian, but he's still got it! The audience interaction segments were surprisingly smooth too.

Just one thing I didn't like about it:

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I really wish he hadn't used AI art for the graphics. I get that it's meant to look crappy, but I feel like bad Photoshop would've worked just as well.
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George White

Quote from: imitationleather on June 15, 2024, 10:56:56 AMBy the way, I thought the show was excellent. Really surpassed my idea of what a Brian Butterfield live performance could be. He just embodies that character completely. I kept forgetting it was actually Peter Serafinowicz in there. And the book is fucking funny, so much better than the programme shite you usually pay through the nose for on these big tours. (I'm looking at you here, Peter Kay.)

It was being filmed last night so VHS release incoming?

I couldn't make it all the way through Stratagem but it was really stark how tired Partridge in a live setting looked compared to this.
Yes, when I interacted with him, I didn't feel I had met Serafinowicz. I had met Brian Butterfield. When I interacted with him, taking him by surprise, he still was noticeably surprised as Butterfield.

dumpster

I think Stratagem was the least funny live show I have seen.  I don't know why Steve Coogan makes all his theatre shows into song and dance numbers.  There was such a lot of effort in the interactions with the video screen and the big cast but ultimately it was really boring and not funny.  So strange because the recent TV work is so strong.

damien

There's a reason his funniest live video/DVD was the first one, the Perrier-winning show, which has five live characters, and none are Partridge.

neveragain

Quote from: dharmashark on June 18, 2024, 08:27:57 AM
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I really wish he hadn't used AI art for the graphics. I get that it's meant to look crappy, but I feel like bad Photoshop would've worked just as well.
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Is it really AI or just mocked up to seem so for parody?
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Shaxberd

Quote from: neveragain on June 19, 2024, 02:36:54 PM
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Is it really AI or just mocked up to seem so for parody?
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If it's mocked up they went to a lot of effort to do so, particularly for the images used during the interval slideshow where stock photography would have been perfectly adequate, and the AI didn't look wonky enough to be part of the joke.
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I wasn't particularly impressed by the use of AI either. If there's one thing that defines Serafinowicz's work, it's laborious attention to detail, so to use AI felt like part of the act was missing. Some really bizarre choices of where to use it as well, like the food during the interval. It's not as if they couldn't photograph some actual chocolate buttons or popcorn.
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dharmashark

Quote from: Huxleys Babkins on June 19, 2024, 04:14:44 PM
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I wasn't particularly impressed by the use of AI either. If there's one thing that defines Serafinowicz's work, it's laborious attention to detail, so to use AI felt like part of the act was missing. Some really bizarre choices of where to use it as well, like the food during the interval. It's not as if they couldn't photograph some actual chocolate buttons or popcorn.
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Agreed. Again, loved the show, but that was definitely a dour note.

The Mollusk

I think it suits the character. Butterfield isn't someone who'd go out of his way to try and make an image himself when he can press a button and use cutting edge technology to make something equally as unrealistic and crappy.

Oosp

Brian is all in on

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AI

...and hopes it will do his work for him.
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This is made very clear in the show!

Oosp

By the way, this was the sign outside the London show. Excellent


Quote from: The Mollusk on June 20, 2024, 07:56:27 AMI think it suits the character. Butterfield isn't someone who'd go out of his way to try and make an image himself when he can press a button and use cutting edge technology to make something equally as unrealistic and crappy.

Quite, but there's a distinction between AI images created by the character because he's a talentless hack, and AI images created by the talent because it's easier and cheaper than to get them done professionally.

For me, it slightly too often trod over the wrong side of that line. For instance

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The picture of Brian looking fucked outside the tent
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was supposed to be an earnest, genuine photo, yet it was just as obviously AI generated as the ones that "Brian" created.

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