Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Babymetal fans are intense aren't they...

If you're a regular in these parts, you'll know how thrilled I was with the way in which Martin Roberts responded to being featured in episode one of this series. Well now I can add Christine Hamilton to the list too:

Incidentally, the episode in which Christine featured was taped on June 28th... I blogged about it a few days later because of this tweet...
... although at the time I wasn't able to include the details because I didn't want to put any spoilers out there for the show and I didn't want to alert Christine to the how, why and what of it all. But as you can see she sent that tweet at 5.24pm on the day of the recording. We open the doors to the audience at 6pm. It's not unusual to be making last minute changes to the show's content in the final half hour before the recording, but it's normally decisions I'm making because of having to cut or add time or because I've tried something a few different ways in the dry runs and have taken til then to assess the relative merits of the various options... it's rarely done because someone has run into the dressing room and shouted, "Hamilton's tweeted about the beehive!"

Still, it was nice to get proof that I was telling a true story, moments before I started telling it!

There was another part of the show that seemed to attract quite a lot of feedback... the part in which I referred to the number of retweets given to some of Harry Styles tweets... a lot of people were aghast at the fact that I said "Baby Metal" was just two random words...



That's just a smattering of the tweets that came in about it. Within a minute of it being on the box I'd tweeted to say that yes, I knew they were a band... but they still kept on coming. And they carried on coming in their droves on Wednesday night and on Saturday night when the show was repeated. And they're still coming in now. Blimey. Oh... and there was also this - and others like it - on facebook:



There are lots of things I say in the show that are true. There are also lots of things I say that aren't true. I think the audience is normally able to work out the difference between the two... and when I'm fibbing, I'm sure they can tell why. Last week for instance... I don't think anyone was thinking I genuinely have a pet elk.

To be clear... when I first saw the Harry Styles' tweet that contained just the two words, "Baby metal" I didn't know what it was about. I'm a 44 year old man. I don't feel stupid for not being completely up to date on the Japanese Metal Idol scene. My thought process on seeing it was, "that looks like a tweet containing just two random words... which will give me a good excuse to mention that Eamonn Holmes tweet I've been looking for a way of putting in the show... I wonder what Harry meant? I'll google it. Oh. It's a Japanese Metal Idol band. That's interesting. Still... no point saying that... or I won't be able to make the joke about Eamonn Holmes."

This sort of thing happens all the time. I play dumb about something in order to connect some of the dots. I assume that the audience knows I'm doing it... and when it's really obvious that it's going on, it probably enhances the joke for people.

Of course, in a situation like this, it's not really obvious that it's what's going on. After all, a large number of the audience won't have heard of Babymetal either because... well, because they're a Japanese Metal Idol band and not everyone feels obliged to educate themselves in every pop-culture sub-genre. But it still seems odd to me that those who know would imagine I'm so incurious that I would get as far as saying the words on a telly show without having googled them first. And why - when it doesn't really matter - would I take a joke out of the show in order to show off that I now know they're a band?

In series 1 there was something similar about a tweet that used the words, "That's like dent without the burns." I didn't know what it meant when I read it. I played dumb - aided by the lack of capitalisation... I mean, if you're not going to write 'Dent' when it's someone's surname, how do you expect someone to intuit what you're on about? The audience laughed. And then hundreds of people told me it was a Spiderman reference. Two years later, if the show is repeated I still get a burst of tweets telling me the same with varying degrees of outrage.

There's something rather sweet about someone watching a show that they know is two years old, believing someone's unaware of a Spiderman fact and thinking, "comic book fans aren't the sort of people to have pointed this out to him... so I'd better step up to the plate and let him know..."

I think the fact that these two examples relate to a band and a comic-book villain is probably a pointer as to why so many people feel the need to correct my "mistakes". There are dozens of other similar examples that have passed by in the three series without anyone feeling the need to comment. But they don't tend to relate to pop-culture. When they do - especially when it's an area of pop-culture that people use to define their personalities - the urge to show off one's superiority is so much greater. (The fact that my shows are often about pointing out the mistakes or falsehood of others probably adds to it as well.)

Honestly... I do google things. It's just that the version of events I select is the one that leads to the biggest laughs when I road test the shows.

Anyway... episode five is on at 10pm tonight. It starts with a whopping big lie. But only for the studio audience. I tell the viewers at home about the lie before the show starts. It's okay, it's a white lie. Well... it's actually a green lie...

16 comments:

Ian T said...

Do you mean Harvey Dent, the villain with two faces in the Batman comics, not Spiderman?
Is Google broken?

Ian Churchill said...

I'm sure to Dave this is a gift that keeps giving...

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he knows and it was a joke.

Chris Everson said...

I just wonder if Dave thinks it's worth the effort of making a joke about the fact that of course he googles stuff... and purposely puts that it's spider-man instead of Batman to illustrate... and someone STILL doesn't get that he's made a joke. Of course he knows that he's a Batman villain. Ah well...:)

Graham A said...

I left a message on your Facebook page about Babymetal because I honestly thought you did not realise they were a real group - I can see it was a waste of time now.

Anonymous said...

All these people making a mountain out of a molehole.

Noddy said...

David, you have no pet elk!
How disengenuous, next you'll be telling us you haven't got a massive garden.
I won't be able to trust comedians ever again
again
again
again
again.

Noddy said...

David, you have no pet elk!
How disengenuous, next you'll be telling us you haven't got a massive garden.
I won't be able to trust comedians ever again
again
again
again
again.

Rea Pearson said...

Dave Gorman, I hate you for lying to us in this episode!!!!! Didn't see it coming at all. Felt a lot like Emperor's new clothes. So embarrassing! Still find it funny remembering it, though. You f*cker. :p lots of love from a disgruntled audience member. X

Kevin Pascoe said...

Harvey Dent was a Batman Villian *wink wink*

NikkiT said...

You lie? For comc affect..sprry effect...errr..any how, moving on.....
You are no better than that pretend lady policeman and her pretend tightrope walking dogs. You, Sir, are a cad.

Chris JC said...

Is it going to fall to me to be the "Spider-Man has a hyphen" guy? But I don't want to be that guy!

Lewis Shedden said...

Series just keeps getting better after each episode. Seriously you should listen to babymetal! I think you would enjoy it.

ocpio said...

Meh! Doh!

Sean Johnson said...

Is It strange that I feel a level of insult, though not directed at me, for not knowing who baby metal are?

All of those tweets aimed at Dave were obviously from people who did know who baby metal are, but by this parody do the same people assume that everyone on earth is interlinked and know an equal, un bridled amount of information about each subject? I'm a chef by trade, I wouldn't get on twitter insulting people if they couldn't cook a 7 course meal. , < though seemingly not making a link I hope that makes sense.

(Yes I do realise that Dave has also explained how he did google them but choose to run with the theme for the purpose of a joke, so I'm probably the only person on the planet that now doesn't know who they are)


So again, Is it weird that I feel a level of insult after reading those tweets that weren't aimed at me? there is no nefarious point to this rant, just simply that people who attempt to make themselves look intelligent by showing knowledge of one subject, more so than someone else, is showing there limited capabilities and range of intellect .........

Any way, got to run, my soup is boiling over ;)

Lewis Shedden said...

Hello Dave, it's me Lewis from Saturday night at the hexagon (went with dad and brother) I just wanted to say it was an amazing show and have rarely laughed that much before. Thanks again for a great show and your supporting act was fantastic!