By John Smith • 02 March 2020 • 14:11
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PRIOR to his appearance at the Prince of Asturias Auditorium in Torremolinos on March 5, actor, comedian, musician and all round nice guy Bill Bailey took time out of his schedule to speak to Euro Weekly News.
He is touring his show Larks in Transit around Europe and has just three performances in Spain, Barcelona, Madrid and Torremolinos and when asked why Torremolinos he explained “The British public first discovered overseas holidays in southern Spain and Torremolinos was one of the earliest towns to embrace tourism.
“My first foreign holiday was there when I was 10 with my family and I thought that it would be fun to go back all these years later to perform.”
He is now a past master at dealing with foreign audiences having toured all over the world and said that when he first started in countries where English wasn’t the first language he mainly performed to expatriates but now there is a mix of different nationalities who seem to understand and enjoy his brand of humour.
“Unlike many comedians, I’m very gentle so that I appeal to a family audience and I have fans ranging from children to pensioners” he told me.
“I love Spain, in fact I have just been holiday with my son Dax doing a bit of skiing and as he is learning Spanish in school, I kept quiet and let him practise his Spanish, although I can get by.”
In fact, this popular comedian is lauded by many as a talented musician who is blessed with perfect pitch and can play a multitude of different instruments.
“I’m cutting down for this show and will have a small crew and just two keyboards, a sampler, my Theramin, an iPhone that I play, assorted guitars and hand drums and cow bells so there will be plenty of music in the show” he explained.
Bill Bailey gives the air of being slightly distracted all of the time but is a very clever and well-read individual who enjoys his life and finds stand up shows such as Larks in Transit really good fun as it is updated as things happen.
Why Larks in Transit? “I love birds so it could be about lots of birds in an old van or it could be the old fashioned word for fun whilst on a journey.
It’s really all about my life on the road and amusing incidents that have occurred.”
There are a number of DVDs featuring the self-named Part Troll (who didn’t get invited to appear in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) but for those who didn’t get to see him live this time, Bill revealed that he has just recorded this tour and it should be released later in the year.
Yes he does smoke a pipe occasionally but likes to have a prop pipe on stage as it “makes me look intelligent” he chuckled.
Finally, when asked to name his favourite album, he said without hesitation “Remain in Light by Talking Heads.”
A charming man with a unique blend of quirky and clever humour.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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