Vote for the would-be stand-ups with Comic Relief

Laurie Taylor, Libby Purves, Peter White and Evan Davis try their hand at stand up comedy

BBC presenters Laurie Taylor, Libby Purves, Peter White and Evan Davis try their hand at stand-up comedy

Just heard Libby Purves and Laurie Taylor on Radio 4 doing stand-up comedy in aid of Comic Relief. To my relief, I did laugh! And two tales came to mind.

First was an article in Nova in the late sixties that toured some universities trying to identify a potential woman prime minister. Margaret Thatcher didn’t come up, but Libby did. However, she just wanted to be a radio presenter!

Laurie taylors brilliant logo in the THES

Laurie Taylor's brilliant logo in the THES - such a good likeness

In the late 1980s, I was editor of Intercity magazine (the one you used to get in first class Intercity train carriages). Laurie then wrote a column on the back page of the Times Higher Education supplement (he still does!) that I liked and I wrote to him about doing an article. He phoned back to say he couldn’t do it, but recommended a former student, Victor Lewis-Smith. Victor turned in some brilliant pieces but his edgy style unnerved the client and they have ultimate control in such marketing tools. However, Victor’s Wikipedia entry would suggest he’s never lost that edginess.

You can listen to the comedy online and vote for your choice.

Laurie gets my 50p on 09011 32 34 03.

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