Fist Of Fun
SHOW 02 - BROADCAST 19th October 1993 | Recorded @ Plymouth University, Exmouth
A sound bite of Jay Kay from Jamiroquai kick starts the show, declaring that "The Government just take the piss."
Stew refers to this as he & Rich start proceedings, pointing out that conservative MP William Waldergreve used to make late night phone calls to him, mocking the fact that his mother bought a betamax video recorder back in 1982.
They indulge in a bit of Gary Glitter teasing (referring to newspaper reports that the fallen singer is, actually, bald!)before Rich then mentions that they've also had their picture in the paper this week, in The Sunday Times "Culture" section.
He proudly announces how his mother - a teacher at Blackfield Middle School in Somerset - had held it up to her class to impressed reactions. Stew points out that the children would have been impressed with anything that Rich's mum showed them, because they are - after all - from Somerset before explaining why he doesn't like having his picture in the papers, as he doesn't like being recognised.
A short porn shop sketch follows, detailing Stew's account of trying buy a copy of "Lesbian Licky Lick" in a Soho video shop. Note the "Greek Chorus" effect used - something rarely employed in most Porn Shop Comedy sketches.
On returning to the Studio, Peter Baynham is back for the first of this week's "Natural Breaks".
This week, Peter's ideas include "Twiglets sucked through milk" and "Budget Swiss Roll".
And remember, if you're absolutely terrified of worms, try to visualise something that looks nothing like a worm when you're confronted with one.
With the news that Rod "Emu" Hull & Duncan "Chase Me" Norvell have both been victims of terrible debt and have had to give up their mansion-style homes, Rich suggests an unusual combination of the two performers involving Duncan Norvell sitting on Rod Hull's clenched fist, while lunging at people's genitals.
Back to Jamiroquai now, and his thoughts on the poll tax. Basically, his solution to the unpopular "Poll Tax" is that all the poor people should pay £100 and all the rich people should pay £1000. It's that simple. To find out if this would work, they invite Dean of the Business School at Plymouth University, Don King onto the show to dissect the idea & work out the pros & cons..
Mr King agrees that the "higher on the rich, lower on the poor" idea is well-meaning enough, but points out that there is no way of drawing the line between Rich & Poor. He gives an example of someone in the "poor" bracket, who works overtime all year to earn more money. Subsequently finds themselves in the "rich" bracket, and has to pay a higher tax, finding them worse off for more work.
Closing his analysis, Don King points out that he quite liked some of the tracks on "Emergency On Planet Earth" and Jamiroquai's show at the Brixton Academy - but at the end of the day, Jamiroquai are just a poor man's Curiosity Killed The Cat.
>A sketch about Barnett Football Club follows this up, and follows all the players getting sold on to various "ordinary" buyers just to keep afloat. The first to go is Carl Hoddle, who has been sold for a million pounds, to Chessington World Of Adventures. He will be enchained there in his own enclosure where he will be expected to jump hoops, catch fish in his mouth, and give display to the footballing skills that have made him famous.
This is based on an old "On The Hour" sketch penned by Rich & Stew.
Returning to the Studio, Peter's back for his second natural break. Grooming is on the agenda this time round.
If, like Peter, you often wear a shirt you slept in last night, then wear a jumper or a jacket.
If your teeth have gone all yellow? Put some Tip-Ex on them!
Bad Breath's a problem too, but toothpaste costs a fortune, and Peter needs the money for cigarettes!
Stew's set off into another "True Fable" by Rich mentioning "The Ant & The Grasshopper" story.
This week, Stew retells the story as "The Ant & The Man"
With Rich & Stew this week have been the actor, Kevin Eldon, Jo Unwin, & Peter Baynham.