Thursday, 29 April 2010
Well, the first good news is that I’ve had a nice result in the European Poker Tour final in Monte Carlo: 26th place (out of 848 runners) for €40,000. I’m supposed to be depressed today, waking up after being knocked out of the tournament, but actually I’m very happy: proud of a decent series of tournament results so far this year (they’re on the POKER page of this site if you’re curious), giggling at the bundles of euro in my safe, smiling at the sunshine on the sea, and ‘sick’ enough to be hurrying over to play an alternative €2,000 tournament that starts at noon. Never mind sunbathing on the Riviera when there’s a dark room for me to be sitting in, clutching cards and asking when we’ve got a cigarette break.
The second thing is, with my other hat on, we start recording Heresy next week - the Radio 4 comedy/debate series where we challenge received opinion. It won’t start going out on the radio until the end of May or June (not sure yet, I’ll let you know), but we have live audiences to the recordings in central London, which are FREE if you’d like to come along.
The first show, next Wednesday (May 5th) at 7pm, is going to be a great one I think. We’ve got my favourite artist, Grayson Perry (who was brilliant on Have I Got News For You), comedian and BBC One dancing star Rufus Hound, and political journalist Julia Hartley Brewer. We’re going to be talking about art, outer space and the beginnings of the universe, and ladies’ clothing. You’ve got to call that range. If you feel especially strongly on any of these subjects, bear in mind we do ask for opinions from the audience - though it’s totally optional, no forced speaking. The only thing we MAKE the audience do is vote on each topic at the start, but on the night before May 6th that should qualify as ‘practice’.
The recording lasts about 45 minutes, all over by dinner time (if you have dinner at 8pm; if you insist on having it at 7.15pm you’ll be sunk), so if you fancy a bit of free chat - or maybe you’ve got a date that night, you’ve promised something unusual but haven’t got round to planning anything at all - then go to this website and get a ticket for May 5th. Or two, I suppose, if it’s a date. That would be only polite.
I’ll let you know what subjects are going to be on the later shows nearer the time.