Why Miranda Hart's tour, which calls into Bournemouth next week, really is going to be Such Fun

Bournemouth Echo: Why Miranda's tour, which calls into Bournemouth next week, really is going to be Such Fun Why Miranda's tour, which calls into Bournemouth next week, really is going to be Such Fun

I am devastated; devastated, I tell you, that Miranda Hart, she of the Joke Shop (Radio 4, Radio 4, keep up), the tiny friend Stevie, the mother from hell and the fabilosibisibos telly series has not agreed to do an interview with me for this piece.

Oh Miranda, how could you? I thought I was going to be your New Best Friend; my student son spent £9.99 on your book for my Christmas present last year (no pressure) and I’ve driven my family and my other son’s girlfriend mad by joining in with the singy bits and laughing at your show until I dribble.

I thought we could talk about dishy Gary, as he very much is, how you earn your living if no one actually ever buys anything in your shop and our mutual hatred of savoury muffins because ‘Life is full enough of disappointments’, as you so appositely point out.

Except, of course, that we can’t. Firstly because you aren’t available for interview. (Maracas? Comic Relief?) And secondly because that Miranda, the self-styled ‘one-woman Fiesta’ is actually a persona, like the Pub Landlord or, um, other people who are a persona.

So what can you, the real Miranda Hart, say to me and all the Daily Echo readers who are desperate to know what they’ll get when you step or – preferably – do one of your glorious pratfalls, onto the stage at the BIC all next weekend?

“Audiences will recognise some of the themes from the sitcom. It will be a continuation of that. I’ll also be telling some life anecdotes that people haven’t heard yet. I will be examining universal social embarrassment and general life conundra – that sounds like a geography term like tundra, doesn’t it? It must be my Geography A-Level coming back!”

At this point I should probably thank Miranda’s management (or maybe it was Stevie) for sending me the interview she did for fans, explaining the thinking behind this tour. “It sounds naff, but I can’t wait to be in the room with the people who’ve supported me over the last few years. I want to say thank you by doing a live show for them. On this tour, anything goes.

Why did you want to go on tour now?

“I was thinking, “Should I do a tour?” Then I said to myself, “Of course I should. I would always regret it if I didn’t do a tour.”

So I took a deep breath and went for it. On the back of the third series of Miranda, it’s absolutely the right time to do it.”

Were you nervous about doing live comedy again?

“Yes, I was at first because my last one-woman show was in 2005. But I started doing secret warm-up gigs, and luckily they have been going really well. After the third gig, it felt like it was the hundredth, and I felt really comfortable on stage.”

But do you enjoy audience interaction?

“Absolutely. I love chatting to people and having that connection with them. I want the show to be very theatrical, so that when people leave, they say, “I watched something unique tonight. I can’t believe I saw that!”

Will you be delivering a lot of people’s favourite routines from the sitcom?

“If people are making an effort to come and see you, you should give them something brand-new. Equally, they would be disappointed if I didn’t say, “Such fun”. People are always coming up and asking me to say that.”

What else do people say to you in the street?

“They often ask me to say, “I’m going to sashay to the sachets” and “moist plinth.” The other day a five-year-old girl came up to me, stared at me and then said, “Clutch.” I thought she was mad. It was a really unnerving moment, I won’t lie. Then her mother told me, “She does that all the time.” I said that word once on the sitcom, and it’s become a catchphrase for that little girl. So once I realised she was not certifiable, I was delighted. And she’s right – “clutch” is a brilliant word! Another word that I can’t believe I haven’t put in the sitcom yet is “plume”. That’s a word that keeps on giving!”

There is more of this in similar vein, but I am sure that by now you get the picture.

Which is that Miranda has prepared what she would call a knockout show, which will be Such Fun. And I will forgive her for anything.

  • Miranda is at the BIC on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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2:27pm Sat 22 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails
I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails billy bumble

2:48pm Sat 22 Feb 14

High Treason says...

billy bumble wrote:
I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails
At least she is not arrogant and self important as Ross & Brand who are like kids with no talent and use others as items of ridicule to gain a cheap laugh.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails[/p][/quote]At least she is not arrogant and self important as Ross & Brand who are like kids with no talent and use others as items of ridicule to gain a cheap laugh. High Treason

2:53pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

I originally thought it was a brilliant send up of a totally incompetent 'personality' as with Alan Partridge

until the dawning realisation that it is all for real

possibly the least funniest person on TV with nothing to merit her being there bar family connections

how far down have we sunk ?
I originally thought it was a brilliant send up of a totally incompetent 'personality' as with Alan Partridge until the dawning realisation that it is all for real possibly the least funniest person on TV with nothing to merit her being there bar family connections how far down have we sunk ? Bob49

3:16pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Buzetti says...

Like the unholy spawn of a chance encounter, one dark night, between Pam Ayres and Norman Wisdom.....

Awful beyond belief
Like the unholy spawn of a chance encounter, one dark night, between Pam Ayres and Norman Wisdom..... Awful beyond belief Buzetti

4:06pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Richardsa says...

Think she may need some time for herself, dont she?
Think she may need some time for herself, dont she? Richardsa

5:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

High Treason wrote:
billy bumble wrote:
I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails
At least she is not arrogant and self important as Ross & Brand who are like kids with no talent and use others as items of ridicule to gain a cheap laugh.
but she is still not funny

and claiming that she is less 'unfunny' than others is hardly a reason for her being on the TV

.............though it does seem to be about the only thing that is in her favour
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails[/p][/quote]At least she is not arrogant and self important as Ross & Brand who are like kids with no talent and use others as items of ridicule to gain a cheap laugh.[/p][/quote]but she is still not funny and claiming that she is less 'unfunny' than others is hardly a reason for her being on the TV .............though it does seem to be about the only thing that is in her favour Bob49

7:12pm Sat 22 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

The brilliant Miranda heart writing stuff than as the sole purpose of giving her ageing unemployed mates a pay day.sure you would do better if you had the courage to do a one woman show
The brilliant Miranda heart writing stuff than as the sole purpose of giving her ageing unemployed mates a pay day.sure you would do better if you had the courage to do a one woman show kalebmoledirt

7:16pm Sat 22 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Just took time out after dinner to read the articule.What the bloody Hell is it all about .?
Just took time out after dinner to read the articule.What the bloody Hell is it all about .? kalebmoledirt

7:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Read it a third time ,thought because it's Saturday evening I maybe a little confused.someone give me a second opinion.does it make sense.or is it just sycophantic rubbish.
Read it a third time ,thought because it's Saturday evening I maybe a little confused.someone give me a second opinion.does it make sense.or is it just sycophantic rubbish. kalebmoledirt

8:32pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Pablo23 says...

Bob49 wrote:
High Treason wrote:
billy bumble wrote:
I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails
At least she is not arrogant and self important as Ross & Brand who are like kids with no talent and use others as items of ridicule to gain a cheap laugh.
but she is still not funny

and claiming that she is less 'unfunny' than others is hardly a reason for her being on the TV

.............though it does seem to be about the only thing that is in her favour
I'm curious to know your highest rated comedian
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: I'd love to go but have a prior engagement poking my eyeballs out with rusty nails[/p][/quote]At least she is not arrogant and self important as Ross & Brand who are like kids with no talent and use others as items of ridicule to gain a cheap laugh.[/p][/quote]but she is still not funny and claiming that she is less 'unfunny' than others is hardly a reason for her being on the TV .............though it does seem to be about the only thing that is in her favour[/p][/quote]I'm curious to know your highest rated comedian Pablo23

11:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

arthur1948 says...

who ever told her she was funny?
who ever told her she was funny? arthur1948

12:50am Sun 23 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

"and general life conundra – that sounds like a geography term like tundra, doesn’t it?"

" And she’s right – “clutch” is a brilliant word! Another word that I can’t believe I haven’t put in the sitcom yet is “plume”. That’s a word that keeps on giving!” "

perhaps it really is a send up of a talentless idiot all too willing to read out what ever is written for her

a classic case of who you know
"and general life conundra – that sounds like a geography term like tundra, doesn’t it?" " And she’s right – “clutch” is a brilliant word! Another word that I can’t believe I haven’t put in the sitcom yet is “plume”. That’s a word that keeps on giving!” " perhaps it really is a send up of a talentless idiot all too willing to read out what ever is written for her a classic case of who you know Bob49

3:41am Sun 23 Feb 14

portia6 says...

Miranda is essentially an actress and in The Midwives she played the part
well as a prim upper-class character. I would say her appeal is her clumsy
erratic craziness or the classic slapstick humour we remember when Norman
Wisdom was treading the boards. You could say she is a female Frank
Spencer, we shall see. Its all a farce anyhow as Brian Rix would say!
Such fun jolly hockey sticks anyone for tennis!
Miranda is essentially an actress and in The Midwives she played the part well as a prim upper-class character. I would say her appeal is her clumsy erratic craziness or the classic slapstick humour we remember when Norman Wisdom was treading the boards. You could say she is a female Frank Spencer, we shall see. Its all a farce anyhow as Brian Rix would say! Such fun jolly hockey sticks anyone for tennis! portia6

4:28am Sun 23 Feb 14

Huey says...

She is as annoying as Richard hammond
She is as annoying as Richard hammond Huey

10:36am Sun 23 Feb 14

jeebuscripes says...

SH!TE of the highest order.
SH!TE of the highest order. jeebuscripes

12:20pm Sun 23 Feb 14

portia6 says...

Horses for courses just pass the sauces. Good gracious how audacious!
Tickety Boo Oh I say! Good grief I'm sure the Bournemouth crowd will adore
her!
Horses for courses just pass the sauces. Good gracious how audacious! Tickety Boo Oh I say! Good grief I'm sure the Bournemouth crowd will adore her! portia6

4:22pm Sun 23 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

People will watch anything I'm afraid - including tis unfunny pre-menopausal solipsist.
People will watch anything I'm afraid - including tis unfunny pre-menopausal solipsist. whataboutthat

6:54pm Sun 23 Feb 14

agp1337 says...

I think she's brilliant, her face can be very expressive. So many people dissing her. I tried to book yesterday, the three nights are completely sold out already. Enough said!
I think she's brilliant, her face can be very expressive. So many people dissing her. I tried to book yesterday, the three nights are completely sold out already. Enough said! agp1337

8:30pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Pablo23 says...

Comedy is such a subjective thing.

People rave on about Mrs Browns Daughters, but to me its just a bloke in a dress talking nonsence. Mirthless. Yet if I see a dog trip over, I'm inconsolible with hysterics.
Comedy is such a subjective thing. People rave on about Mrs Browns Daughters, but to me its just a bloke in a dress talking nonsence. Mirthless. Yet if I see a dog trip over, I'm inconsolible with hysterics. Pablo23

2:04am Mon 24 Feb 14

portia6 says...

agp1337 wrote:
I think she's brilliant, her face can be very expressive. So many people dissing her. I tried to book yesterday, the three nights are completely sold out already. Enough said!
She is quite appealing as a new comedienne, Lucille Ball was one accident
prone actress.Bums on seats result!
[quote][p][bold]agp1337[/bold] wrote: I think she's brilliant, her face can be very expressive. So many people dissing her. I tried to book yesterday, the three nights are completely sold out already. Enough said![/p][/quote]She is quite appealing as a new comedienne, Lucille Ball was one accident prone actress.Bums on seats result! portia6

1:47pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

She's great. No Dick Emery mind you but then again who is ?
She's great. No Dick Emery mind you but then again who is ? Sir Beachy Head

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