The Nazis

March 24, 2009

Followers of the Trev and Simon Podcast may have noticed that we can go on a bit about the Nazis- although they go unmentioned in our latest, Podcast No.3, found here. We don’t like them, and anyone who does is nuts. I guess we were born into a generation that started to mock them in an attempt to remove them of any credibility whatsoever. I would have been quite happy to blame John Cleese and his “don’t mention the war” for my interest. And who else in the world of comedy has had a go at the goose-stepping fools? Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks, Roberto Begnini, Freddie Starr, Dan Ayckroyd, John Belushi, Steven Spielberg, Spike Milligan. Oh, any comedian, film maker, comic strip writer. They’re all to blame for putting the Nazis into my comedy consciousness.

Except they’re not. It seems they’ve been on my mind since my schooldays. I blame the teachers. And why only a B+?

nazi-sketches

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Vintage movie stars

January 31, 2009

groucho

Here’s a picture of me as Groucho Marx. I’d just moved down to London in 1986 and this was one of the first jobs I got, demonstrating a game called Quotations at some toy fair at Earls Court. Sadly, Groucho Marx doesn’t make it into the Queens of Vintage.com poll I have just written a piece for; Which vintage movie star gets your Valentine’s vote? You can read my ramblings on Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, Patrick Swayze, George Clooney, and Charlie Chaplin (! Why Charlie and not Groucho?) here. Oh, and don’t forget to vote.

When I worked at the Toy Fair I was jealous of my friends who were promoting another new toy; Battle Beasts. I loved them. The Battle Beasts that is. Well, and my friends. Battle Beasts Battle Beasts, they battle for fun!

I never got to battle for fun, but then my friends never got to meet Peter Fielding and Gavin Wellman. Peter and Gavin, Peter and Gavin, the’re the Divisional Sales Manager and Marketing Director for Hasbo/Bradley! Hmmm, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.