Say what you like about David Walliams – say that he’s got a made-up surname because David Williams was taken, say that you never quite got ‘Little Britain’ and you feel like you’re the only one in the world – but there’s no denying the bugger can really do an endurance challenge. He’s got up to all sorts of difficult nonsense for Comic Relief in the past, like swimming the Channel, and now by all accounts he’s succeeded in presenting a 24-hour-long panel show. I say ‘by all accounts’ since for most of it I was on stage myself, asleep, flying from Perth to Brisbane or doing other things which kept me from watching. But ‘by all accounts’ is a rather ungenerous phrase. There can be very little doubt that he did do it. It would need to be a tremendously large-scale hoax otherwise, and I can’t see what anyone’s motive would be for doing that, unless Delude Watson for Comic Relief actually raised more money than the real thing.
Naturally, every time someone does anything – even just staying alive – for 24 hours straight, I feel a little wistfulness, since the very very very long shows I did were quite unique at the time, and now all sorts of people have done similar things. But there’s not really any room for such petulance where Comic Relief is concerned (even though we didn’t get to do We Need Answers on it, as was originally mooted, grrr) because it is Definitely Good To Raise Lots Of Money For Charity.
And on that note, in the next few days I’ll announce on this blog (a) details of something I’m going to do for Comic Relief, which you can get involved in; and (b) maybe – just maybe – really, just maybe – something 24-hour related. Maybe.
Even before it goes up on the blog, I’ll be ‘leaking details’ of these two things, as they say, via my mailing list. I send out a mailing-list newsletter so occasionally that you’d barely know such a list existed, but it does happen. It’s worth being on the list because I use it once in a while, like this, to give priority notice of shows/events/my breakfast plans to interested parties. And I do also read all replies to it. Anyway, you can sign up by just sticking your email address in a little box which is on this site. It’s been months since I mentioned this, so I think it was worth writing that last paragraph. Good.
In the meantime congratulations to everyone who took part in, or sponsored, the ever so long panel show, but particularly to old Walliams, Marathon Man himself. Well, one of the Marathon Men. Excellent work everyone.