Paul Rogers reviews David Baddiel: Fame - Not the Musical at Hereford Courtyard

David Baddiel talked about fame at the Courtyard theatre in Hereford.

David Baddiel talked about fame at the Courtyard theatre in Hereford.

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IT pains me when a child says that they want to be a "celebrity" when asked what they want to be when they're older.

But, sadly it does not surprise me.

It used to be the case that, to be a "celebrity" you had to be a) really famous and b) talented.

But, with the rise in reality television programmes, it seems that anyone can be famous and a "celebrity" these days.

On Tuesday, I watched comedian David Baddiel talk about fame at the Courtyard in Hereford.

Dubbed: Fame - Not the Musical, David spoke openly about the kinds of conversations he overhears on a regular basis and how some people "forgot who he was."

David was regularly on our TV screens during the 1990s alongside comedy partner Frank Skinner and became a huge star thanks to the Three Lions song he co-wrote as par tof England's official anthem for Euro 96.

However, because he isn't "in front of the camera" as much nowadays, it seems that a lot of people have forgotten about him and don't know what he has been doing.

For the record, he has concentrated on writing novels and documentaries and hosting radio shows.

However, that doesn't stop "trolls" abusing him on Twitter or someone pretending to know him, even though he has never met them.

David shared some of the messages to the audience, including other celebrities who have been targeted.

His anecdotes of some of the tweets he has received from One Direction fans also raised a laugh after ID member Harry Styles tagged him in a photo.

Some even asked David to try and get Harry to follow them.

This was David's first stand-up tour for 15 years and he admitted that he was a "bit nervous."

But, in my opinion, he was at ease with his audience, who appreciated his anecdotes.

Particular favourites include Madonna blanking him at a Live Earth concert and the Independent having to make a grovelling apology after stating that he was obnoxious at a Peter Gabriel gig, when in fact it was his lookalike Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds.

However, I think my favourite is of Andrew Lloyd Webber confusing him with Bel Elton, even though he has worked with Ben.

Yes, David may have "named-dropped" a bit during the show, but it was certainly a good night's entertainment that was thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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