The reason I go to as many now_show
recordings as I do is that, as I'm sure you've guessed, I'm a massive Mitch Benn fan, and a) am too cheap to pay
for his shows, and b) he always records three songs on Thursday, of which only are broadcast on Friday
The selection process for the songs is pretty easy to understand - they take the ones with a good audience reaction and drop the one that didn't quite hit everyone's funny buttons.
Unfortunately that means that when Mitch does songs that appeal to his own personal musical taste, such as the number this week about the pointlessness of Musicals of a pop group, in the vein of Mama Mia
and We Will Rock You
; or the one a couple of weeks ago about how health and safety ruined rock and roll; and the only people laughing are me and Dave, that song generally doesn't get played.
Me and Dave being the only people laughing happens a lot. The same show that had Health and Safety ruined Rock and Roll
also featured John Holmes on an hour-long tangent about lesbians, at which - yeah, you guess it. Spot the Rock N Roll lesbian.
Not that I can complain this week, as his song The Gays Have All Got AIDS,
about the petition to the Scottish Parliament
to allow gay men to donate blood was a very very important piece of awareness raising. Not just to those like Mitch (as he mentioned in his pre-amble) who didn't realise the National Blood Service kept this rule in place, but to people like me who didn't realise that people didn't know this.
In fact, when I went up to Mitch afterwards (something I never normally do) to thank him for the song, I entered into a crowd of fans also talking about the rule, and I added in: "And if you sleep with a bisexual man you have to wait a year to prove you're clear."
When someone asked me if I worked for the NHS to have such rarely held knowledge, my immediate answer was "no, I'm just gay
!" - which I have to admit didn't make that much sense, unless you'd expect all lesbians to know about every piece of homophobic regulation in existence (though I'd argue maybe we should). It's a bit like answering "how do you know so much about swallows?" with "Well, you have to know these things when you're a king, you know"*
The real answer is that I (have attempted to) give blood, and I read the literature surrounding it. I was a little surprised that someone could have given blood without reading the leaflet about it. On account of how blood's quite important, so I'd like to think people were responsible about to whom they gave it.
Anyway, the NHS won't take blood off them filthy filthy gays (or prostitutes). So if you ever lie in a British hospital dying for want of a blood transfusion, now at least you know why.
*Now I want an icon that says
well, you have to know these things when you're a dyke, you know.