I just started reading Robert Wringham’s book You Are Nothing: Thee Fyrst and Onlie History of Cluub Zarathustra, published by Go Faster Stripe. This is a fantastic book. I want to read it slowly and then re-read it. The book is mostly cobbled together from interviews, but when Wringham does summarize events in his own voice, it is an even better read. His writing is intelligent and fun, not unlike the chapter openers in Stewart Lee’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate. He had me hooked from the first page. Look for a full review of this book in Spring 2016.
Cluub Zarathustra, if you’re unfamiliar, which likely you are, was a regular comedy night in Islington in the early days of post alternative comedy. There were lots of little comedy nights then as there are now, but this one was particularly experimental and absurd, and the best part is that all the participants went on to be the superstars of alternative comedy (an oxymoron, I know). Hosted by Simon Munnery and fronted by Stewart Lee, Roger Mann, Richard Thomas, Lori Lixenberg, and Kevin Eldon (as well as the likes of Sally Phillips, Richard Herring, Johnny Vegas, Peter Baynham, Julian Barratt, Graham Linehan, Al Murray, and many many more), the show did not concentrate on being funny or even entertaining. It was experimental and Nietzschesque. Munnery donned many different hats he’d engineered to do different things and, in the guise of the League Against Tedium, assaulted and insulted the audience. Apparently at least once he slapped a member of the audience with a fish. Buy the book here and get a free pin.
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