Pandora: Barschak struggles at the Edinburgh Fringe

It Is just over six years since Aaron Barschak donned a merkin, pink dress and Osama bin Laden disguise to clamber over the walls of Windsor Castle and storm Prince William's 21st birthday party.

The stunt, which provoked a major investigation into security at the royal palace, managed to propel Barschak towards comedy notoriety, with his show at the Edinburgh Fringe a few months later, Osama Likes it Hot, pulling in the crowds (if not the most favourable of reviews).

Alas, it appears that the magic may be wearing off. Pandora hears that the self-styled "comedy terrorist", who narrowly escaped conviction over "Castle-gate", has been greeted rather less enthusiastically at this year's festival and is facing an estimated loss of £8,000 on his unpopular skit Monsters From My Id.

"Nobody makes a bloody profit up here," complains Barschak. "This is just a comic haj. But there is no point in brooding; that will only send you into a spiral.

"You do it with as much joy as you can, trying to convey the show to whoever decides to come."

Singer's teeth have a date with destiny

Never let it be said that Beyoncé Knowles is the only diva spawned by Destiny's Child. Fellow band member Michelle Williams, currently starring in the West End production of Chicago, tells me she's determined not to risk the unknown waters of British dentistry, preferring instead to take her molars across the Atlantic.

"My dentist is based in LA but, despite the distance, I always go to see him because he's just so good," she says. "Luckily, I don't have to see him that often otherwise trips could get rather expensive!" We'll say.

Ramsay drives into more trouble

*Gordon Ramsay's extended run of bad luck continues. The abrasive restaurateur is already enemy No 1 in Australia following an abortive attempt to poke fun at a TV presenter (even the Prime Minister waded in when Ramsay compared Tracy Grimshaw to a picture of a woman on all fours with a pig's face). Now he's facing further criticism in the US after being seen pulling into a disabled parking space outside a supermarket in Malibu, California. Of course, what we want to know is: will Barack Obama be issuing a statement?

Crowe is bowled over

Last time we heard from Russell Crowe, he was in a huff over unflattering reports of the size of his girth.

Happily, he appears to have cheered up. We hear that the Antipodean beefcake has struck up a surprising friendship with waggish cricket commentator David "Bumble" Lloyd.

"[Russell] stopped me on the way out of Lord's and told me, 'I'm filming Robin Hood. I'm doing it in a Yorkshire accent," Lloyd boasts to Zoo magazine.

"I said, 'Are yer?' He said, 'Yeah, I've got to develop a Yorkshire accent.' I didn't tell him I'm actually from Lancashire. Maybe he was looking for a voice coach."

Campbell ready to swing back in style

*Soon to grace an HMV bargain bin near you: Moonlight's Back in Style by, er, Nicky Campbell. We're told the former Watchdog presenter has written a swing album "driven by midlife crisis and male menopause, the desperate desire to do something else". Tragically, he won't be providing the vocals (for that he has enlisted the help of former Holby City actor Mark Moraghan), just the ukulele. "It's an endless love," explains Campbell. "Communicating emotions musically is the best feeling."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR and Payroll Manager

£35000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This dynamic outsourced contact...

Recruitment Genius: Production & Quality Control Assistant

£19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity for a ...

Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor - Kettering - £32,000

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group HR Advisor with an established...

Guru Careers: HR Manager / HR Generalist

£40 - 50k (DOE) + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a HR Manager / HR Genera...

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor