It's the morning after the night before, as the Penny Dreadfuls returned to where it all began, sort of. Back in March, early incarnations of Aeneas Faversham
, and lost classics Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Improvised Plot
and Lost in Time
, were debuted to a waiting world at the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Doing four shows a day, for 4 days, in the, genuinely, romantic setting of the Britannia Music Hall, we averaged an audience of about six people a show. Of these six about four tended to be old women.
Nine months on we returned doing an entirely different line-up of sketches, in an entirely different venue to an entirely different audience. Same city though, remember. We did twenty minutes at the Student Theatre at Glasgow Student Theatre festival, or Stag Night. It was thunderous good fun, seeing the debut of a couple of good new sketches, and the welcome revival of an old favourite. The people there were lovely, and the facilities fantastic, and we had the added joy of listening to the Test Match on the way back to Edinburgh in Jamie's car.
The peaceful elegance of England's excellent batting display was, however, somewhat undermined by the enthusiastic installment of the Penny Dreadfuls' new favourite car-based game, "Riding in cars with Bono". This is far and away the greatest in-car game since 20 questions.
This awesome pastime requires four players. The driver takes on the part of Bono, while the front seat passenger is Sir Bob Geldof, in the back are The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. The Edge and Larry Mullen then seek to win concessions from The Higher status players in the front, such as turning the heating up and down, changing the radio channel, that sort of thing. Bono and Bob, have to crush all will to live out of the players in the back. It's a hoot. For The players in the back to win they have to get the two in the front to confess to the murder of Adam Clayton. The players in the front have already won because they are Bono and Bob Geldof.
Last night's winning line: "Sure, You can f*ck (Name deleted for legal reasons), all you have to do is sign her shabby rack" -Bob Geldof