Yes Bobby Chariot. I loved Bobby and he’s the one part of my standup career that I do miss. Also I think there was probably more life left in him when I dropped him. Its actually an interesting story how I invented him. In that C4 film “Itch” where I lived on the roundabout, one of the cast was a very young Johnny Lee Miller, I guess he was maybe 8 or 10 at the time and to amuse him, I’d tell him stories in one of which I invented this comedian character called Bobby Chipperbottom who was an early version of Bobby Chariot. So there you are Angelina Jolie’s (1st, 2nd?) husband inspired Bobby. Though he was my invention I do think a lot of his best stuff was written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, I love the bit where Bobby asks the audience if any of them have been tortured and one man says yes and starts crying. To answer your question Ewan I do sometimes think of reviving him, his hair and teeth are still in a cupboard in my office, but if I’m honest I think it’ll probably never happen, partly because I think I’ve moved on too far to know what to write for him now and partly because to play him I’d have to shave off my beard and I’m frightened to find out what’s under there after all this time.
Without retracting any of it I do sometimes feel a little guilty about Nic and Tob, (Vic’s still funny with me if we meet but Bob’s fine) and its true they had done very little to deserve it at the time but then that was sort of the point. After all its easy to attack those that deserve attacking but to pick on somebody who’s blameless, popular and talented takes things to a whole different level.
At Last the 1981 Show Report. Well it was a very odd night, I felt very relaxed and I thought all the new material I did went really well and I definitely got the biggest cheer of the night so all that was good, it was gratifying to find out how much love there is for me out there as a comedian (though quite what I do with it is another matter). However for reasons unrelated to the show it was also a very sad night because after I’d been on I got a phone call from Peter Rchardson to tell me that the lovely Simon Brint (one half of Raw Sex and the original keyboard player in the Comic Strip house band who also did the music for all my TV shows ) had died. So it was really wierd to be with some of the people from that time, Nigel, Arnold and Pauline and to find out that the first of our gang had gone.