This is the video of the live show and has John talking about many issues which are important in life. The key to the show is of course the songs which he pulls off perfectly and are as funny as ever. John also interacts over the phone with his wife and Ken at times which is very cleverly done considering it is Graham Fellows who acts out every character in the show!
In the video there is also a section for Graham's new character Brian Appleton which is also funny but isn't quite as loveable as John has become! I think everyone should give John a chance because he is one of the funniest acts around!
Aided by his next door neighbour and sole agent Ken Worthington (also voiced by Fellows), John discusses, amonst other things, impending floods (global warming but at least your closer to the beach), the nations obsession with fleeces and, more importantly, Mars' decision to remove the cardboard tray from the Bounty Bar.
The attention to the detail of his mundane world (including the aforementioned Ken, his wife Mary, kids Karen and Darren, their Scotty dog Kirsty, Joan Chitty et al) will have you convinced that you're living in it with him. If only.
He mixes his 'banter' with painfully amusing songs ("she lives in hope, but she used to live in Barnsley") performed with all the conviction of a man in bottom flight showbusiness who is convinced that stardom is round the corner.
John's special guest (another of Fellows' creations) is Brian Appleton a rock musicologist who claims that he has influenced some of the most high profile names in the business only to be dumped upon without recognition. His attempts to tell the 'real' history of rock has fallen on deaf ears and, with both the lawyers of Phil Collins and Rod Stewart breathing down his neck, he performs the brilliant "It's My Turn to be Poorly" (plagarised by Morrissey!).
Anyone who has heard The Shuttleworths Radio 4 show will know how effortlessly that John turns the most banal subjects into comic gems, and this live show is the perfect example. It's character comedy on a different planet to anything around and fans and newcomers alike will be blown away by this live show.
A must see.
The show is a mixture of painfully funny songs ("She lives in hope, but she used to live in Barnsley") and stand up 'banter', in which he discusses, among other things, impending floods (global warming but at least your closer to the beach), the nations obsession with fleeces and, more importantly, Mars' decision to remove the cardboard tray from the Bounty Bar.
John's special guest (or Mr Fellow's new character to be precise) is Brian Appleton, a rock musicologist who claims to have influenced most of the major names in the business only to have been shafted without recognition. With the solicitors of some very high profile music stars 'breathing down his neck', Brian nonetheless gives us a rendition of the brilliant 'It's My Turn to be Poorly' (later to be copied by none other than Morrissey).
As in his Radio 4 show, John turns the mind numbingly banal into comedy treasures. Fans of his crazy world (including the aforementioned Ken, his wife Mary, kids Karen and Darren and many more, all cleverly played by Fellows) and newcomers alike will be laughing out loud at character comedy on a different planet to anything else.
It's a must see!