Watching a live TV Burp in January 2009 was pretty fascinating to see how the show is made, as mentioned above lots more material is filmed than actually shown. Several jokes were redone later in the show to make them funnier, celebrity appearances were filmed earlier that afternoon while the audience were queuing outside (leading to the surreal moment when David Van Day emerged from the studios and said hi to us all as we queued) and the audience were a little more rehearsed than appears on screen - one moment had to be refilmed because we all naturally cheered after a certain line (“(show) IS BACK!!”) when we weren’t meant to. The guy who played Nick Cotton was also in the audience and got the full VIP treatment from the usher seating him.
Interaction with audience was mostly handled by the now sadly late Bobby Bragg as the warmup artist - Hill would pose for photos with fans after, and give us some of his standup just before a take so the laughter would fit between edits. Funniest bit of the recording was him filming various attempts at trailers to go out across the week (starting one with “Don’t worry, I’m on next!” and quipping after recording “You should be worried if you’re watching ITV on a Friday night”) and mentioning the then-ongoing Best Of clip shows “where I look different in every shot”.
Also rather unexpectedly saw him live in 2015 when he made an unbilled surprise appearance in a local comedy club in London, testing out some new material. Main one related to the then ongoing 30th anniversary of EastEnders, summing up the show by blowing a plastic bag around the stage with a leaf blower for some time.
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