'I cried all the way home...'

WTF: Weekly Trivia File

  • Alan Carr's dog is called Beverley Callard, after the Coronation Street actress.

  • Irish comic Grainne Maguire says her worst gig was in a shed at the back of kebab shop, with no stage, no lighting and she had to perform in front a load of bored people smoking shisha. ‘The only sound was the gentle bubbling of the water in the pipes,’ she said. ‘I was supposed to be driven home, but my driver scored with a girl from the audience and I was told at thee very end of the night I’d have to get the train home instead. It took me two hours to get home and I cried tears of frustration the whole way.’

  • Roisin Rae of sketch group Rule of Three has done a Posh and Becks… kind of. Her younger daughter Rose was conceived in Edinburgh 2008 – so she was given the middle name is Meadows.

  • At Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival, Tim Minchin and Bo Burnham improvised a song based around the Spiderman theme. ‘That was our first collaboration!' Minchin told the American prodigy. Burnham replied: ‘My act is our collaboration without your permission.'’

  • Stand-up Sanderson Jones is risking a storm during his Edinburgh show Taking Liberties, by showing a sexually provocative picture of Brooke Shields when she was ten, which the Daily Mail dubbed ‘obscene’. The artwork, Spiritual America,, was banned from Tate Modern last year, but Jones said: ‘I think that the significance of the work is far more important than any hypothetical risk that it creates.’ Incidentally, the Mail’s website this week printed pictures of Kim Kardashian’s 14-year-old sister Kendall in her swimsuit on Wednesday, calling the images ‘stunning’ and saying it would get people ‘hot under the collar’.

  • Comic Jeff Leach once got heckled outside a gig in London by five hooded youths and their girlfriends: ‘Oi look, it's Russell fucking Brand,’ they shouted. Full of post-gig baravado, he sarcastically told them: ‘Well spotted. I bare a less than passing resemblance to Russell in the fact that I wear tight black jeans, perform stand up comedy and am the proud owner of a pair of both arms AND legs... oh, and just like Russell Brand I am 90 per more likely to sexually gratify your girlfriend tonight then you are.’ ‘Once they worked out what gratify meant I got kicked in the head by all five of them,’ he said.

  • Tweets of the week
  • Russell Kane (@russell_kane): I just iced a phallus onto a wrestler's stomach. How did this become my life?
    David O'Doherty (@phlaimeaux): ‘It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. But one you have to do sprinting.’ Edinburgh! All of August. Jesus.
    Chris Addison: (@mrchrisaddison): The nerve. My friend has just accused me of being very easily distrac

SOURCES: Holy Soap, Irish World, Chortle, Time Out New York, YouTube, Chortle/TheMediaBlog, Chortle, Twitter

  • Published: 30 Jul 2010

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