Loadsamoney, the Old Gits, Kevin the Teenager, the Scousers… There aren’t many sketch acts with a back catalogue of comedy characters as iconic and memorable as Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse’s.
It’s been a whole quarter century since the pair first started messing about with wigs, talking in silly voices and coming up with ludicrous catchphrases. So what better way to celebrate than by performing those classic characters on stage in a big, live nostalgia tour?
‘We are really enjoying ourselves,’ says Harry Enfield as I speak to him mid-tour. ‘And so are the audience. It’s great to be on the road again. So much easier to dispose of the bodies. Three murders so far and nothing to link them to us.’
Are any of the old characters particularly fun to revisit? ‘It’s great to do Loadsamoney and Stavros again,’ he says. ‘They are going down really well. Paul plays Stavros’s German nemesis – it’s all deeply unsubtle political satire of the type that will make Armando Iannucci turn in his grave once we’ve murdered him.’
Er, well, in an attempt to steer the conversation away from homicide, I ask Enfield what those creations from the last 25 years are up to in 2015.
They’re even older gits now. Are you worried they won’t make it to the end of the tour? ‘The Gits’ll be fine. They’re immortal Gods. It’s us who are worried about having to survive for another month. Paul’s heart is, according to his doctors, “A fucked up bunch of gunk,” and my mind is disturbed and forgetful. I’m leaving too many clues. It’s almost like I want to be caught.’
He loves boasting about his bank balance. Post-financial crisis, does he still have ‘loadsamoney’? ‘Of course! Even more money! Since the crash, the poor have got 57 percent poorer and the rich are 65 percent richer – isn’t that brilliant!?’
What’s he splashing his cash on 2015? ‘Loads says, “I give my money away these days, I do a lot of philharmonic work and stuff. I’ve set up the Loads Charitable Foundation to help the poor and unfortunate of the world… Have I fuck! They get nuffink from me! I spend it all on trainers and getting my bird plasticked up!”’
How are they looking forward to spending a day in the big city of London? ‘They’re worried about parking in London – there’s so much traffic and Bill Bailey’s tour bus is hard to manoeuvre into tight spaces.’