He who laughs last didn’t get the joke

Barry’s Beef on the perils of not paying attention

Any one who knows me would know two fundamental things: 1) I enjoy comedy and 2) I have a hell of a lot of hates. Last night I went to the London Studios in Waterloo to see the filming of Al Murray’s Happy Hour chat show. I quite like Murray’s schtick and although I hadn’t seen any of the previous shows I thought it would be good to go.

Ah, I think I can see a problem on the horizon…


As we filed into the studio, it became apparent that Queen was being played in the background (I have pretty keen ears for background music). This is bad as I have a bordering on the pathological hatred of Queen.

Ohhhhh shit! Barry is in for a difficult evening…

Anyway after one song I thought I had coped valiantly and awaited for the next tune. Queen again. Not good. And then Queen again. By this time it dawned upon me that they were playing a Queen album. Nothing gets past me.

Yeah, thought so…

Apparently, in this series Al Murray gets every musical guest to do a version of a Queen song. Sorry, I’ve misheard. Surely not. Hopefully not. Oh f*ck, no. Not only that but everyone in the audience is obliged to get to their feet and dance. Whilst waving a Union Flag.

Yep – in fact Al’s been doing the Queen schtick in his act for quite a while now, a fact that appears to have escaped poor Barry, hence his somewhat bemused reaction.

I really shouldn’t laugh, but as Barry’s a complete piss-taker anyway, I think I must…


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