Edit: This post makes Lee look like my tech monkey while I'm the big presenting ego. This isn't balanced. Lee is a fully fledged second half to my first half, and together we present as one. A bit like a blubbery Ant and Dec.
Every night this week, I have spent two hours blithering into a micromophone like an idiot possessed.
The first five days of the Theatre Of Noise (explained concisely here) have fizzled to a close. Thanks to a clever use of scripting and flaggelating ourselves with cutting self-criticism, the output's been a few notches above our usual fare.
Monday's show, our first since our 2007 podcast, was like an old shed in Venice: stilted and ever-so-slightly rusty.
Thanks to an image of me dressed in shorts and a little helicopter hat (cheers, Lee!), Tuesday's show exploded into merriment. Our production values on this show were probably tighter than anything we had done before.
Wednesday's show was a slow-burner, measured and steady.
Thursday's was a stonker. It trod the wafer-thin line between proper comedy silliness and filling the airwaves with spluttering giggles. It is my co-presenter Lee's job to drive the desk and give me just enough space for my adrenaline-fuelled comedy rants, and to use his charming form of grumpiness to reign me in when the show needs more control. You could say I was "on one", and Lee coped admirably.
We even managed the health and safety nightmare of Friday's Chainsaw Challenge, which saw our resident toolman Fil The Destroyer let rip with a jigsaw on Michael Bolton's 1991 hit single Time Love And Tenderness (results pictured above).
This is how Lee steers our ship:
INT. STUDIO - EVENING
ME: We're two minutes ahead of schedule. What are we gonna do? What are we gonna do?
LEE: That's pretty good. Don't worry about it.
ME: WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?
LEE: It's only two minutes.
I bounce up and down, sweating profusely.
ME: Whaddawegonnadoo, whaddawegonnadoo, whadwegondoowhadwegondoo--
LEE shoots me in the head.
All in all, then, we're pretty relaxed about the whole thing.
On an unconnected note, Portishead are about to drop their first album for 360 years. Here's a startling hymn to rhythm from Beth and co, and like all of my mpSundays, it will only be available until the very next mpSunday. And yes, I know it's Monday.
mpSunday (right click and save as): *plop* this mpSunday has now gone. Click here for the latest mpSunday.