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I Answered The Question Buddy Bing Bong

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I love hosting The Late Night Alternative weeknights from 10pm on www.talkradio.co.uk It really is my fave slot and the best job I’ve ever had. One of the joys is we allow anyone to call in, whatever their social skills. Ian called up to question why Paul Ross was no longer presenting the breakfast show. I didn’t know the answer. He didn’t believe me.

You can listen on DAB, app and www.talkradio.co.uk weeknights from 10pm. If you enjoy this video, please do share!

The Yes/No Game…For 3 Hours…

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This week we played the Yes/No game for the whole 3 hours of the show. Some callers were great at it. Others weren’t quite so good. Here’s Jack, a 13 year old lad, who was pretty poor. This made me laugh so much.

You can listen to The Late Night Alternative weeknights from 10pm on DAB, app and www.talkradio.co.uk

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Iain Lee Vs Radio LIVE Movie

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Here’s a film of my live show Iain Lee Vs Radio. I was going to sell it as a DVD but thought I’d offer it to you guys for free. If you want to drop some pennies in the hat, you can make donations via PayPal iain@iainlee.com as it cost a few quid to make or you can go straight to this link paypal.me/IainLee

The Incoherent Ramblings of my Callers

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Andre has been calling me on and off for about 9 years now. He’s a strange old fish. Recently he’s taken to singing along to rather maudlin tunes, my sister thinks he should be the next John Lewis as. Anyway, he recently called and made even less sense than usual. I have no idea what he’s banging on about, but it’s very funny.

You can listen to The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee weeknights from 10pm on DAB, app and www.talkradio.co.uk

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Grease 2

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Last night I gave away movies on my show The Late Night Alternative. You didn’t get anything as crass as a DVD or VHS, you got to own all the rights to the film. Alan Caddick rang in and asked for Grease 2. We decided he should try and get it screened on a proper TV channel so we called Fox News in the USofA to see if they’d be prepared to show it. The call didn’t go well.

Listen live weeknights from 10pm on DAB, app and www.talkradio.co.uk

Racist Jonathan Saves A Cat

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Jonathan is a regular caller to my show The Late Night Alternative. I find him fascinating. His calls range from outright racism to reminiscing about 80’s video games. His most recent obsession has been Japanese wrestling. Last night he called to talk about a wet pussy, I kid you not.

Listen to The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee weeknights from 10pm on DAB, app and www.talkradio.co.uk

The Monkees Live in Japan 1968 video HELP!

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In 1968, The Monkees toured Australia and Japan. These concerts were hugely successful despite the fact Monkeemania was waning in the US and the UK. Their movie Head had yet to be released and would be seen by many as the groups suicide note to the world, although it’s more likely Bob Rafelson’s murder confession. In the Far East The Monkees were kings.

Despite being mocked for originally not playing on their own records, by this stage the group had become a very tight musical unit. A little garagey for sure, but they really could rock. 6 shows were played in Japan to ecstatic fans who were incredibly excited to see their TV heroes come to life before their very eyes. Here are the dates played in Japan in 1968 –

October 3: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan (2 shows)
October 4: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
October 5: Kokusai Hall, Kyoto, Japan
October 7: Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
October 8: Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan

It is believed that one of these shows was taped and broadcast over 2 nights on Japanese television. The audio of this broadcast exists, complete with Japanese commentary which many fans find annoying (personally, I find it rather endearing!). You can listen to the audio here

The video however has never surfaced. It is the Holy Grail amongst Monkees collectors. I’m not 100% sure that it was even broadcast on television. My mission is to find out 2 things – firstly, was this concert actually broadcast on Japanese television and secondly, where the bloody hell is it now?

If you can help in any way whatsoever, please email iain@iainlee.com. Honestly, no nugget of information is too small. Did you see it? Did your parents see it? Have you ever been in the vaults of a Japanese TV station and seen a mysteriously labelled videocassette with the words The Monkees on? Did you tape this off your television? Anything you can provide will help as I strive to bring this lost treasure to the world of Monkees fans.

A big thanks to the fab www.MonkeesLiveAlmanac.com for pics and facts.

Peace and love.

Marrakesh Express – first night!

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IMG_6007For some reason, I am in Marrakesh. I booked this trip last week on a whim. Life was getting to be way too heavy for me, so I did what addicts like to call a ‘geographical’ which basically means running away from all the stuff that was getting me down. The problem being that wherever I go, there I am.

The journey feels like it’s taken forever, but that’s because I started a long way away. I was in Scunthorpe this weekend taping my podcast The Rabbit Hole in front of a small but beautiful and highly appreciative audience. The venue, Cafe Indiependent, was absolutely stunning and we were made to feel very welcome. The small group that turned up looked very comfortable on the sofas and Laz-E-Boys that were used as seating. I messed up the technicals a bit and came away feeling a little annoyed with myself, but they were good shows.

So I was up bright and early to drive from Scarborough to Flitwick to drop Katherine home, and then on to Gatwick to come to Morocco. It really has been a long old day and I am absolutely shattered, but thrilled to have made it.

I very rarely go to places abroad on my own, which is odd because I really do prefer my own company. I annoy myself a lot and get flustered, but its better I experience these things with me and not someone else. Also, if I just want to sit around and do nothing, that’s cool. With someone else there I feel I have to be on all the time, and entertaining.

I wasn’t sure why I chose Marrakesh but I remembered a couple of weeks ago we pre-recorded a bit for the Apocalypse special that went out last week on my talkRADIO show The Late Night Alternative. Basically, we turned the phone in concert on its head and performed a little theatrical piece that was hinted at in hour 2 of the show and slowly took shape in the last hour. Anyway, in the pre-recorded bit (the first half hour was live, the second half hour was all taped in advance) I was reminded of the time I broadcast an LBC show from Marrakesh about 10 years ago. We had guests and the signal wasn’t great, in fact I think it dropped out a few times and the emergency tape may have even kicked in, but it was a pretty cool 3 hours of radio. What was even cooler about it was we weren’t even in Morocco. We hadn’t left our studio in Ladbroke Grove. The technical team just messed with the signal so it sounded very tinny and distant, I played a Moroccan market sound track and all of our guests, whilst being of Moroccan origin, also had establishments in Shepherds Bush. Hmm.

So this is probably why it was on my mind. I had initially wanted to go to North Korea but the trips are very expensive and there are only a few windows throughout the year you can go. Still, I’d love to do it one day.

After a brief stopover on Casablanca, I finally arrived in Marrakesh at 10.30pm. Here’s the funny thing, its in the same time zone as Britain. I don;t know why that amuses me so much, its not especially funny and I certainly wouldn’t open with it, but I don’t think I’ve ever been abroad and still been in the same time zone.

I’ve decided that while I’m here, I am going to do things I wouldn’t normally do. While I was waiting with the driver from the hotel, an American couple came and spoke to me. I answered briefly and they walked away. But no, I want to confront my fears and try and at least pretend to be a confident man, so I took a deep breath and went over and engaged them in conversation. This may not seem like a big thing to you, but to me it is HUGE. We chatted and they told me they were on their honeymoon and were musicians and cool stuff like that. When I ran out of things to say, I wanted to lift that awkward silence so I blurted out ‘Shame about Tom Petty dying, huh?’

Turns out they knew nothing about Tom’s passing and they were both quite upset by it.

Eventually we got to the hotel except it wasn’t a hotel, it was a hostel. This is cool because I kind of knew it was a hostel but didn’t want to admit that to myself. Look, the whole 6 nights including flights and hotel (sorry hostel) cost £490 so I wasn’t expecting much. the only other time I stayed in a hostel was in Japan in a Buddhist temple and it was easily the most uncomfortable 2 nights of my life. At least this time I had booked a room to myself and my own shower and toilet. Or so I thought…the hotel had obviously thought I was’t coming and rented my room out. Never mind, they knew somewhere nearby that would take me.

The room, which I am in now, is basic but OK. It’s a bed, well, 2 beds actually, and a shower and a toilet but I know it is going to get VERY noisy outside my room when all the heads and hippies come down in the morning. Ah well, 6 nights. Although part of me is thinking ‘fuck it, go to a nice hotel’.

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I finally checked in around 12.30, dropped my stuff off and headed to the square. It was still bustling with life and plenty of market stalls were open. I bought a bottle of water and some juice for 10 times the price it said on the actual stall. Ah well, first night and all that. I then had a wander and was offered some pigs heads. I passed. Maybe tomorrow night.

After a meal of chicken tagine, I wandered back to the hostel where I was offered hash, grass and opium. I passed on all 3. A young beggar boy was pestering me for food in French. I politely declined and then ignored him. After a few minutes he said in perfect English ‘Oh fuck you you motherfucker’.

I am now in my ‘room’ wide awake. I’ve just looked at myself naked in the mirror and seen a fat old man looking back. The stuff I came here to avoid is still in my head. And now I’m wondering if I’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake coming here. I’ve left some of my meds at home, so I only have enough Mirtazapine for 4 nights. Not the end of the world, I can stretch them out a bit, but that’s making me anxious.

The Rabbit Hole Tour

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The Rabbit Hole is a wonderfully silly (sometimes serious) podcast I record with Katherine Boyle. It’s a live pre-recorded phone in show taped in front of a mostly live audience. We are now on tour, taking the show all over the place. This means we have only ONE London show this year, and it’s soon! So if you want to come to it, get tickets soon. Also, apart from London, all the venues are really small, holding maybe 50 or 60, so if you’re thinking of coming, please get tickets soon!

17th September – OUR ONLY LONDON SHOW! Kings Place http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/comedy/iain-lee-katherine-boyle-present-the-rabbit-hole#.WZcrP63MyRt

1st October – Scunthorpe – do we even have an audience in Scunthorpe? I hope so! Get your tickets here http://www.seetickets.com/event/mouth-mag-iain-lee-kath-boyle-the-rabbit-hole/cafe-indiependent/1130119

14th October – Caroline of Brunswick in Brighton – This has almost sold out so get your tickets sharpish http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410867

29th October – Kardomah 94 – Hull – at last, we come to Hull! Please support us and come along! https://www.hullboxoffice.com/events/the-rabbit-hole-with-iain-lee-and-katherine-boyle

We’ve also got our first show in Belfast happening in January of next year and we should be part of the Wolverhampton comedy festival in November 2017.