Wow, well, there you go, lots of people share my general suspicion of haircuts. A few people rated the experience at a disastrous 0/10, the kind of score normally reserved for such divisive subjects as coffee and Gok Wan in the Very Late Review. Jane controversially said she would rather go to the dentist. Megan spoke out against strangers ‘futzing with my noggin’, and rightly so. Sarah remarked that hairdressers have a tendency to marvel at the fact you have more hair than when you were last there, something which in context should hardly come as a surprise (amusingly, I’ve been doing standup along these very lines recently). But Sarah also turned out to have a hairdresser who looks a bit like me, if I were Turkish. I’ve been wanting to meet such a person for some time.
The key, not surprisingly, turns out to be to find one hairdresser you like, and stick with them. A bit like marriage. So in conclusion, my scientific study shows that people enjoy having their hair cut more, and feel stronger emotions of trust and warmth, if they are warm and trusting towards the people who are cutting their hair and will hence enjoy it more. And that is social science in action.
Back to this person who looks a bit like a Turkish me. Surprisingly often on Twitter or my Facebook page and so on, I get a message which says ‘my mate Craig/Brian/the Colonel looks like you!!!’ Or occasionally it even happens after a show. The funny thing is that pretty often, they DO look like me, because I have a pretty generic skinny/short hair/glasses/long nose combination, plus the facial hair obscures the shape of my head a bit and makes it easier for vague resemblance to pass as something closer.
So I was thinking, there used to be Elvis lookalike competitions (probably still are). Why can’t we have one with lookalikes of me? The answer is, because Elvis is a famous rock star and icon and I am not. But when we have ever let such considerations get in the way of doing something fun? I’ve always been interested in the idea of lookalikes – I wrote one of my novels about people who do it professionally – and I like the idea of being the least famous person ever to have a competition to resemble them. LET IT COMMENCE! The inaugural Mark Watson Lookalike Contest.
So, to enter, simply take a picture of the person in your life/person you pass in the street/other willing or unwilling participant who you think looks a bit like me, and post it. As usual, this is best done by sticking up a link to Flickr or Facebook or whatever else the new generation does to share photos online. Sarah, I am hoping at some point you will set a marker by snapping your hairdresser and putting it up as a yardstick.
If we get enough entries, we could even get someone to put them all together on one page like we did with the anniversary cakes.
I realise this could take a while, so this competition is ongoing till say the end of May. But the sooner you come up with one, the more likely you are to attract support I guess.
You cannot win by just getting a picture of David Baddiel a few years ago or John Oliver slightly fewer years ago.
The ingenuity of this blog’s readers has been proved many times, but I will be interested to see if anyone can make headway with this challenge. Off you go.