At about 2.15 I got a call from Emma and half an hour later I was back at the stage door of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre waiting to meet her. Her hospitality took me by surprise. I guess my expectations are that these people will be taking time out of their busy days to sign some DVDs for a fan so the meetings would be brief and very to the point. This couldn’t be further from what happened with Emma. We chatted for ages over a coffee about all sorts from The Office to Life’s Too Short, and I ended up getting tickets for her show, The Heart of Robin Hood, where I would meet her afterwards for a quick photo.
So I went off around town with my Mum and we grabbed a quick bit to eat before strolling back to the theatre for the show. I had no idea what to expect, and it turns out neither did anyone else. About half an hour into the play the lead actress playing Marion injured herself and ran off stage. After a few minutes pause a member of staff announced a short break while Emma gets ready to step in. So if any other out there are reading this I suggest you meet me because I am a lucky charm, although your friends/family/colleagues should be cautious.
The play was very good, and funny, so if you do get a chance to go you absolutely should although it is almost sold out. We headed to the stage door for the third time that day after the show where Emma was waiting and we had a quick photo. This was the only point when I felt like a mad celebrity stalker. I’m not saying I didn’t look like one before, I just didn’t feel like one. Here is pictoral evidence of my meeting with Emma, and evidence of the signature:
Remember to keep an eye out on the blog tomorrow when I’ll be uploading the Christmas Special of Tracking Down Ricky filmed in Stratford-Upon-Avon, or just subscribing by clicking the button on the right and you will be emailed when it appears. Simple.
With Christmas Eve just around the corner, any parents out there will no doubt be searching for the perfect legal way to get their kids off to sleep so they can sneek downstairs and put the presents under the tree. Well here’s a great video from Sesame Street where Ricky Gervais sings a lullaby to Elmo, so if you have restless children just play this and it will put them right out…
So according to the Facebook page, Karl’s agent has confirmed they are definitely NOT releasing the song this year which is rubbish. I was hoping this and The Wombles would be the top two this year, but their is still an online petition which you can sign so please head on over to the site by clicking the image on the right and keep sending your support. It’s not over until the 18th, but unfortunately it’s not looking good right now.
If you have wandered on to this blog by mistake looking for something more official do put your comments below and I’ll pass them on to the lovely people organising this campaign. In the meantime get listening to the song and tell everyone else…
In 2009 it was Rage Against the Machine.
In 2010 it was Surfin’ Bird.
But 2011 promises to be the biggest, bestest, most rounded-headiest campaign of them all. This is the year Karl Pilkington finally claims his rightful place at the top of the UK singles chart. Battling it out against the X Factor winner’s original song, penned by some old bloke from an ageing boy band is Ain’t No Pleasin’ Ricky by Karl featuring the legendary Chas and Dave. Join the cause by liking the official Facebook page and help get a worthy song to number 1 this Christmas. In order to make millions of dreams come true, most notably Ricky Gervais’ who I’m sure will be rooting for it, you must download the track no earlier than December 18th. Only during this time will it count towards the Christmas chart.
I rarely promote things like this so passionately but this is so worth supporting, and they are encouraging donations to The Prostate Cancer Charity, so even you don’t want to jump on the bandwagon please at least give generously and save some penises. Here’s the song below: