‘Cruising is the gig to have,’ says black American comic Percy Crews 2, ‘Cruising, now, is like the new Las Vegas.’ No, he’s not talking about searching for an anonymous fuck; the third and final episode of BBC2’s doc series about the comedy industry focuses on the lives of cruise-ship comedians, and the big bucks they can earn at sea.
Through interviews with old-school entertainers like Nicholas Parsons and Tom O’Connor, we learn what’s required to keep the passengers amused, and how being aboard with your audience means you’re on stage even when on deck. What’s the secret? ‘It’s getting as old as most of the passengers,’ jokes one-man-band performer Bruce Thompson. But the cruise industry has inevitably changed over the last 30 years. Those loyal older passengers still want the safe veterans, but a new younger audience are coming aboard, and that’s where Percy Crews 2 comes in, playing edgier, late-night shows on the more party-centric ships.
But we know this goes on, and if we didn’t, it’s not exactly a huge surprise. Interesting enough, but not the eye-opener we were hoping for.
A Bloomsbury restaurant serving traditional dishes from south India, with a particular focus on the food of Kerala. The restaurant is set across two floors, with the ground floor representing the restaurant proper and a downstairs room for set menus and lunchtime specials. The restaurant bills itself as a specialist in dosa – light, crispy pancakes eaten across the south of India. Here they're served with masala potato, sambar and chutneys, with egg, lamb, chicken or prawns, or stuffed with diced onion, tomato, capsicum and cheese. Other starters include chilli paneer, rasam soup and even mulligatawny. Mains include dishes ranging from chicken Malabar, chicken korma and butter chicken to Kerala fish curry, crab thenga, green mutton masala and meen manga puli – a dish of fish and mango cooked in fenugreek, onion, tamarind, curry leaves and coconut milk. Biryanis also feature.
Venue says: “15% student discount if you spend £10 or more. You will need to show your valid student card.”