Monday, March 02, 2009
Monday Morning Smile
Frankly, quite enough has been written about the so-called "hilarious" Cambridge Footlights, and how it launched the careers of many of our most respected comedians.
Far less is known, however, about the equally seminal Stud-Ents revue group which literally dominated Durham University's comedy circuit in 1985 and 1986. Alas, the planned shows at the Edinburgh Fringe never quite got off the ground (or indeed out of Durham) and so the group faded out of existence, years before they might have hit the mainstream. Or not, as the case may be.
Yes, dear reader, I was a member of the 6-strong Stud-Ents, recruited probably because of my willingness to stand in front of fairly sizeable audiences and do silly voices. Frighteningly, we wrote our own material. Our group ensemble in the second section of the show was a skit on Star Trek. As I think about my "alternative" Dr McCoy, I'm gnawing my fist even as I write (which is no mean feat).
I mention this ancient history simply by way of a prelude to The Firm's 1987 Star Trekkin' hit, which I suppose did it far better than we did (I see they also came up with the 'Captain's Log' visual joke). Anyway, enjoy.