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…

The Day Today: The Pool

The first part of “The Pool” – and the rest of the Day Today episode as youtube didn’t let me cut and paste properly (Buy the DVDs though, kids. Then I get 23p or something). This isn’t the bit with Steve Coogan’s pool supervisor. I’ll post that elsewhere… (Buy the DVD)

The Day Today: Brant – Physical Cartoonist

To this day, I don’t think anything annoys me more than lazy “satirical” cartoons. Hold on… let me just think….
No, nothing annoys me more.

What’s weird about seeing The Day Today again is that we’re probably now the age of some of the characters we played. Steve Coogan’s now the age we saw Partridge as being. I think I’ve still got a couple more years to catch up with Brant, though well done make-up artist Lisa Cavalli-Green for predicting the in-vogue Alistair Darling’s eyebrows…

The Day Today: Corpsacution

Rebecca Front’s Barbara Wintergreen reports on Patrick Marber’s Chapman Baxter and his execution at the hands of his last victim (me), reanimated by Steve Coogan’s Travis Davely (how we giggled at the silliness of that name which was DJ “the Hairy Cornflake” Dave Lee Travis’ name the other way round).

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