Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 4 - The preview

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 Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 4 - The preview

mannequin man - Tue 4th Jan 2011

Today is the preview screening and launch party for Episode 4 of Louie Spence's Showbusiness

I was very fortunate in that tonight's screening is of show 4, which I appear in twice. Apparently one of the best shows, if not the best, but then I'd probably say that.

The Screening was in the middle of nowhere, and the most straightforward option was a 20 minute walk from Finchley tube station. There was an icy wind blowing, and I soon started to regret my chosen route. I finally arrived, somewhat chilled, but still had plenty of time before the showing. In fact I'm one of the first there, and get introduced to the producer for the first time, and we start to talk about some fears that I have recently had. I had stumbled across an episode of Pineapple Dance Studios (in Oslo of all places), and had noticed that the was a subtle and sometime not so subtle element of sarcasm in the narrative.

There were some drinks and nibbles, and of course members of the cast a crew including Andrew and Louie. I'd already met Andrew for something we did in one of the next shows, more on that later.

So the time of the screening arrives, and we all sit down to watch the episode. When I first see myself on the screen, I can only bare to watch through my fingers; a technique I mastered when watching Doctor Who as a child, but fortunately this time, I managed to stay in front of the sofa. It also has to do with a dislike from an early age of appearing in may Dad's Super 8 home movies. The family has reels of film of me briefly frowning and running out of shot; I quickly learnt that the safest place was behind the cameraman.

So what did I think?.. so nothing on screen is made up, but Michael Buerk's narrative in the first segment did poke fun at me as the implication was I've lived alone with a mannequin called Dave for the past 20 years. With the with second segment, and the humour with Candy Man and my ending comments, you can see that I have a sense of humour, and the whole point is to make people laugh, after all.


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