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Michael at the Criterion by suzulu on 29 November 2007 12:13pm
As usual, Michael was very good and very funny. The evening started with Alistair Campbell (Tony Blair’s ex-Spokesman and of diary fame!) giving an introduction and auctioning a copy of his diaries and Michael’s diaries (signed by each and also they signed each other’s book!). The lucky person who received the diaries bid a lot of money! Then someone (whose name I have forgotten) talked about his fight with leukaemia and how lucky he was to be here with all the treatment he received. Very sad but he seemed to be coping very well.

Michael was interviewed by Alan Yentob of the BBC. They showed clips of Tomkinson’s Schooldays, Monty Python, Three Men in a Boat, and Michael’s travels. Whoever had done the research had done it well. The famous Spanish Inquisition and fish-slapping scenes were shown.

At Q&A time Michael was answering someone’s question and Alan Yentob suddenly got up and walked off the stage for a short while for some reason or other and Michael quipped “I knew he would get bored”.

A girl from Russia (St. Petersburg) asked a question and I am wondering if it was Katia – looking back at threads I think she was attending the event.

At the end as they were walking off stage, Michael said “Ooh, backstage – an orgy!” or words to that effect.

The theatre is very small and I was lucky to have a good seat (front row of the dress circle).

Sorry, this isn’t a very good report - if anyone else was there, maybe they could give a better one! No doubt, I will be remembering more things as the day goes by. Can’t type any more anyway!
Re: Michael at the Criterion by geordiegirl on 29 November 2007 4:49pm
No, Sue, that's lovely, thanks. You got a lot of Our Man, then - i had it in my silly fat head he was just introducing various acts.
Alistair Campbell?! I've read his diaries - of last year, or probably of ANY year, Campblell's were the worst diaries I've ever read (I've read an awful lot) and Michael's are just about the best I've ever read (trying not to exaggerate.) Did Campbell not get booed? He's not a popular man - though to be fair he does a huge amount himself for leukaemia fundraising. I'd have felt conned if I got a Michael-diary signed by AC!
But you sound as though you enjoyed it, great.
Re: Michael at the Criterion by suzulu on 29 November 2007 5:30pm
I wouldn't want to read Alistair Campbell's diaries. No, Linda, he did not get booed! LOL. It was all very good-humoured.

Actually I nearly walked into what I presumed was the pre-event party, thinking it was the bar as I saw lots of people and it was near the Dress Circle. I was quickly re-directed to the Stalls bar.
Re: Michael at the Criterion by geordiegirl on 30 November 2007 4:37pm
Pity you didn't get into the pre-event Bash, Sue. I always wonder what they're all talking about.
I will be meeting Katia next week - I'll ask if it was her who asked the question.

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