Alan Partridge Political Debate

Playing Tory party candidate Adrian Finch in Knowing Me, Knowing You, with Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Felix Dexter and Patrick Marber…

Alan Partridge and Tony Hayers, BBC controller

Why people shout “Smell my cheese” at me. And “Monkey tennis”. In two parts.

Alan Partridge: Tony Le Mesmer and The Wheel of Death

Ah. Tony le Mesmer. He taught Derren Brown everything he knows. From “Knowing Me, Knowing You”. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of it. But traumatised when I remember that, during the dress rehearsal, one of the knives slipped out of my hands and hurtled towards Steve Coogan, nearly ending a promising career. Or two – as I’d have been banged up in jail for God knows how long screaming “It was an accident!” (he had very good lawyers).

The wheel was designed so the knives popped up from behind, making it look like they landed there. My Only Job was to throw them to one side, out of view. But knife 5 of the dress rehearsal slipped (Honestly, your honour). It landed between his hand and his head – a fantastic throw – but in the 15 hours it seemed to take to cartwheel towards him I saw both my career and his flash before me. Still, that bit was quite entertaining – he was very good in “Cock and Bull”.

Right. Got to go and have a shower now to try and get rid of that memory. Enjoy the clip.

Alan Partridge: Tony Le Mesmer Performance & Interview

Hypnotist and magician Tony Le Mesmer from “Knowing Me Knowing You”. With Steve Coogan and a lady in a cage. I based the character on Derren Brown even though I hadn’t even heard of Derren Brown at this point. That’s how good an actor I am.

Actually I think he was a mix of David Copperfield, this mockney stage hypnotist I once saw in Oxford and David Blaine. Or was David Blaine not quite around then either? I can’t remember, the mind plays tricks. Which is how these guys make a living I guess…

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