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Up4aMeet? – An Evening of Naked, Gay, Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy

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Steve & I went to see Up4aMeet? this weekend. Here’s my review for The Gay UK:

Up4aMeet? – An Evening of Naked, Gay, Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy

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It’s #NakedAugust month here at The Gay UK, so I decided to go along and see Up4aMeet? the hilarious naked gay play.

Grant (played by the brilliant and sexy Chris Wills) finds it difficult to talk to gay men in reality. But on his favourite app ‘The Cock Shop’ he can be himself and even find out how many metres away his nearest gay man is. ‘The Cock Shop’ is described as a gay man’s sweet shop; with a few clicks a man can be delivered to your door.

Carlos (played by the well-endowed Benedict Garrett) is Grant’s Spanish & naturist flatmate who also is a big fan of ‘The Cockshop.’ For Carlos life is all about the sex. Carlos has a strict eversion to clothes and stripped every time he walked onto the stage. He was practically naked throughout the entire show.

Caroline (played by the fantastic Penny Tasker) is a broke Celebrity Agent who is Grant’s best friend and lives in the apartment downstairs. She represents a number of reality-TV celebrities including Stacey Granger (Big Brother’s Nikki Grahame) but is failing to find work for any of them.

In the apartment next door is old queen Julian (played by the suitable Michael Blore). Julian is obsessed with Dame Shirley Bassey. His obsession extends to playing Gold Finger constantly, having a cardboard cut-out of her and a toilet seat that he’s made for her as a gift. Julian decides he’s getting a flatmate and ends up with Scott (X-Factor’s Lloyd Daniels).

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(The Up4aMeet? Cast: Chris Wills, Penny Tasker, Lloyd Daniels, Nikki Grahame, Michael Blore & Benedict Garrett)

Up4aMeet? has nudity from the start with Grant being caught by Caroline taking a rude picture of himself for his ‘Cock Shop’ profile. Grant and Carlos accidently switch phones and the hilarity begins. The characters attempt to deal with their own problems throughout the more than two hour show, amusing the audience along the way.

The comedy that causes the audience’s incessant and side-splitting laughter is derived through gay stereotyping. Yet despite this stereotyping, the characters are believable and had a reasonable amount of depth – which is a tremendous credit to the writer.

All of the characters are a bit zany including Carlos who had a bit of a dodgy accent at times. But he made fun of it himself and managed to get a few chuckles from the audience. Caroline had some great, sharp one-liners and is a constant source of entertainment throughout. One particularly funny scene of Caroline’s that springs to mind involves an eye patch and a glory-hole.

Scott (Lloyd Daniels) was mostly eye candy and played a far too small role in the play. We don’t see Scott on stage until mid-way through and he barely has any dialogue. Scott (Lloyd Daniels) is the only male member of the cast who doesn’t get fully naked – sorry boys.

The cast’s acting was splendid and they all made good eye contact with the audience – despite the difficult layout of the venue.

The ending was dramatic, full of twists and turns with plenty of humour and a reminder that: you never really know whom you’re talking to online.

Up4aMeet? was even funnier than I had expected and I left with an aching belly from laughing-out-loud so often. If you want an evening of nudity coupled with gay humour – go and see Up4aMeet? you wont be disappointed. Up4aMeet is currently on a national tour, you can buy tickets here: http://www.up4ameetontour.com/.

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Blog soon,

Antony

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Big Brother finally comes to an end

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The big brother finale was on Friday, I was gutted that Rodrego came 5th and even more shocked that Charlie didn’t win (he came 4th). However in the end I was glad that Sophie did as she was lovely.

According to The Guardian Big Brother is to be axed after poor viewing figures. I think it’s about time. Although I enjoy it as a people watcher, it has become too strung out and too “the same as last year”.

Fairwell Big Brother, I shall be looking forward to the final series before you depart from our screens

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Liar Liar

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Your pants are on fire!

Charlie from big brother. See:

…And he’s alarmingly candid and eerily precise about his sexual conquests – 69 men and 103 women. Hmm, we’re wondering about that ‘103 women’ statistic. That’s a mighty large number of women for a ‘gay’ man. Is there something Charlie’s not telling us?
(from: http://www.channel4.com/bigbrother/housemates/charlie.html#nav, Access online: 20th June 09)

Now fair enough many gay men I know have slept with a woman or two before discovering their sexuality as a gay man. But 103 women. Sounds like he’s Bi to me. That’s fine – but why lie about it?

He has gone down in my estimations. Sorry Charlie, but you shouldn’t lie and you certainly shouldn’t have entered Mr Gay UK.

Ramble soon,

Antony

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Hooked on Big Brother

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Usually I struggle to get in to Big Brother until the last 6 housemates. Even then I watch it under duress because my entire social circle is talking about it.

But this year, I’m hooked. My early faviourates are:

1. Rodrigo – The brazian has a positive outlook on life with a cheeky smile. The first to become a “offical housemate”. He seems really genuine, but only time will tell the truth.

2. Charlie – The hunky, gay guy. His jordie accent is lovely as is his energy. I love the way he mentioned Andrew before entering the house stating “I hope Andrew is watching” (I am assuming it his is boyfriend, which is lovely of him to mention in this hetrosexual world)

3. Kris – His trademark hair makes him one of my early favs. He is a good looking guy, although does love him self and risks becoming arrogant though.

4. Beinazir – The only girl that stands out to me. Love her cultral dress but like her down-to-earth attitude. The other girls all seem bland and characterless. Just my opinion ofcourse, which I’m sure will change with time.

(All the boys in my favs are hot, sorry David – love you! But I have chosen my favs based on personality as well as looks – promise.)

Who are your favs? Post a comment and let me know.

Blog soon,

Antony

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