Carpet Remnant World 2

Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
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Friday, May 25, 2012

To the Wolverhampton Civic to see 90s Eskimo-faced comedian Stewart Lee in his touring show "Carpet Remnant World". Hang on a minute! Didn't you go and see this at Machynlleth just a few weeks ago? Yes we did. But it was so good that we thought it was worth paying twice as much than we paid at the comedy festival to see it again at a more impersonal venue. I think this was an extra show because the first one had sold out which seems odd because nobody I speak to has ever heard of Stewart Lee (except Steve from the pub quiz who likes him a lot).

http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/ is worth a look and at the time of writing contains lots of comments from people who don't like him, notably taken from dailymail.co.uk. For those who are unsure, the Daily Mail is described as a news paper. I try to keep this blog clean so I won't say what some of its readers are described as but the reviews and tweets provide an insight. Not many chances left to catch the run unless you're in Edinburgh for the festival when a shortened version (75 minutes) will be presented on most nights in August.


Anyway, seeing the show twice was in our opinion at least, worth the money. I was expecting almost a word for word repetition of the Machynlleth performance and whilst there were a few surprises, including how 'scripted' some of the hesitations and stumblings over certain words and phrases are it was also pleasing that there was an element of tailoring both to the venue and the surroundings. You probably don’t want to walk in late to this one.

The interval was annoying because it took ages to get a drink (one bar person seemed unsuited to the job, serving the next person he noticed rather than knowing who was next which irritated some customers) but at least you could take the drinks into the auditorium with you. Plastic "glasses" though.

Afterwards we fancied a curry. The Bilash is just a few steps away from the Civic. The food was not bad, except for the excessive amount of bits of wood (cinnamon bark?) that we kept having to pick out but at 53 for two curries, one rice, one naan a bottle of Strongbow and a coke it was way over-priced. The meal at Telford’s Warehouse last week was a much better standard and 10 cheaper. We won’t bother with the Bilash again.
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