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LCTY ’09 guest speakers

The guest speakers for the Manchester and London events have been confirmed, but I’m not saying who they are. For the third year running I suggested Harry Hill and have always been told he’d be too expensive. This year (presumably to humour me and to shut me up) our lovely events manager Chrissie actually did go and find out how much Harry Hill would cost. And she was right, he is too expensive. I have offered to bridge the gap in the funds should I win the lottery tonight.

But instead we have two great speakers. What can I say about them? Well, one thing you do know is that they’re cheaper than Harry Hill (who in turn, as Paul Mooney knows, is cheaper than boorish petrol-head Jeremy Clarkson). For London we have a figure from the world of sport, and I’ll offer “wheels” as a vague clue.

For Manchester we have a comedy legend – and if you think legend isn’t a term that shouldn’t be handed out casually, I can assure you that there’ll be no arguments about applying that honour when it comes to this speaker.

You can leave guesses in your comments if you like, but I’m not going to reveal the identities.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.


Darren Adams • 25 March 2009

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  1. Florida Steve 25 March 2009 - 6:23 pm Reply

    My guesses are

    1. Martin Brundle
    2. Ronnie Corbett

    You can tell me if I’m right privately. I won’t let on ;o)

  2. Dan King 25 March 2009 - 6:25 pm Reply

    Damon Hill
    Bruce Forstyh

    Brucey would be great

  3. Rob 25 March 2009 - 6:31 pm Reply

    Diary the racing car
    Big Chris

  4. Rob 25 March 2009 - 6:37 pm Reply

    I mean Roary. Good old autocorrect

  5. Carl Tyler 25 March 2009 - 6:38 pm Reply

    You have Ed Brill, but the wrong one.

    You thought you had comedian Ed Brill.

  6. Darren 25 March 2009 - 6:54 pm Reply

    Florida Steve now knows the identities – we briefly debated the parameters of the term ‘comedy legend’ but on the whole he agrees with me. And we also agreed that the person in question isn’t dead, as most comedy legends are.

  7. Darren 25 March 2009 - 6:55 pm Reply

    @4 – while I’m not commenting on the others, I will point out that on this occasion you are wrong. But I think everyone knew that.

  8. Florida Steve 25 March 2009 - 7:45 pm Reply

    I hereby agree the term “Comedy Legend” as being appropriate. This person has an IMDB page as long as your arm and has decades in the biz.
    I also think that it will be a speech worth hearing. V V Funny Man

    @2. Brucie…. you honestly think Lotus would run to Brucie money. Bruce Rioch maybe. ;o)

  9. Darren 25 March 2009 - 8:29 pm Reply

    So there you go, the comedy legend is a man. That narrows it down a bit. It’s not Joan Rivers or Jo Brand.

  10. Florida Steve 25 March 2009 - 8:34 pm Reply

    Sorry…. almost gave it away. It could now be one of 500 people not 1000.

    @9 Also not in the Lotus price range.

  11. Darren 25 March 2009 - 8:38 pm Reply

    Jo Brand might be as long as we don’t have to feed her.

  12. Steve Castledine 26 March 2009 - 8:21 am Reply

    Wow Roy Chubby Brown at LCTY – I must attend πŸ™‚

  13. Darren 26 March 2009 - 10:09 am Reply

    @12 – oh sure. Someone from Business Controls will hand him a list of topics he can’t discuss and words he can’t say. That’ll cut his set down to 3 minutes. I’m going to keep the guessing going, but I will tell you it’s not Chubby Brown (shame).

  14. LongLiveLotus 26 March 2009 - 4:34 pm Reply

    Peter Kay lives in Bolton – just up the road from Manchester….

  15. Lewis 1 April 2009 - 2:44 pm Reply

    I’m guessing Martin Brundle and Barry Cryer…

    And I’ve got a funny feeling I’m right! πŸ˜‰

    Ahem… IBM LCTY website…

  16. Darren 1 April 2009 - 3:40 pm Reply

    @15 – yes, they have gone public. Florida Steve was correct straight away with Martin Brundle, but no-one got Barry Cryer.

  17. Florida Steve 2 April 2009 - 6:30 pm Reply

    I see no argument about Barry Cryer being a comedy legend. Good.
    Then you were correct in your description.

    I can’t help feeling a little smug about getting Brundle first go. One thing worries me though. When is LCTY 09? Is it going to interfere with Mr. Brundle’s day job?

  18. Darren 2 April 2009 - 8:54 pm Reply

    @17 – London event is 30th April. We sorta assumed he would have looked at his diary and decided he was okay for it. Well, you’d hope so. Maybe we better have Bobby Davro lined up instead. Also, I think Dean Gaffney is available and only charges a pint of lager, a round of sarnies and his bus fare.

  19. Florida Steve 3 April 2009 - 3:01 am Reply

    @18…. You’re OK. the 30th falls between Bahrain on the 26th April and Spain on the 10th May.

    I’m guessing Mr. Brundle may well have a tan πŸ˜‰

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