The other classic time was when we had our entire set taken away by Westminster rubbishmen. We left it outside a flat in Paddington. In the early days we didn't have much money and it was a moot point what was rubbish and what was set. It was very embarrassing. We'll have a van for this tour like Fort Knox.
One gig that stands out was when we did Flight To Finland in Ghana. Normally when you come on stage it all drops very quiet, but there was a huge party going on in the audience. It was very hot and I was in a suit. I got to a gag where I stopped miming to a French horn and a musician behind stage kept playing. I thought 'This'll shut them up', but it didn't. So I just stopped and stared at them and they suddenly burst out laughing. I think to this day that they thought I had made some sort of mistake and they were just feeling sorry for me.
Hamish McColl directs The Right Size in 'Baldy Hopkins', the Cochrane Theatre, London WC1 (071-242 7040) to 30 Apr. Tours to 4 Jun
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