Thursday 25th May 2017
Waterstone’s, Tottenham Court Road, London
2017 saw the inaugural Stand Up for Towel Day. Hosted by Rachel Wheeley in the basement of a Waterstone’s bookshop in London, the event brought together a whole host of acts and guests to pay tribute to Douglas Adams’s work including long-term collaborator John Lloyd, as well as Douglas’s brother, James Thrift.
Kevin Jon Davies
TV and video director Kevin worked on the BAFTA award-winning animation sequences of the 1981 Hitchhiker’s Guide television adaptation. He shared with us exclusive findings from Douglas Adams’s very own notebooks that gave insight into the origins and the writing of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Paul Duncan McGarrity
Comedian Paul gave voice to a confused whale who, in true Hitchhiker’s style, commentated on what he could see as he materialised and plummeted through the air to his inevitable demise.
Comedian, biologist, writer, science communicator, and TV presenter Simon (Ugly Animal Preservation Society , Level Up Human) gave a talk on the economic theory of the ‘Shoe Event Horizon‘.
Comedian, scientist, and host of Science Showoff, Steve Cross delved deep into the original Hitchhiker’s book to find out once and for all the exact date the world ended for Arthur Dent and the rest of the population of Earth using his incredible skills of investigative journalism.
Award-winning comedian, actress, author, and broadcaster, Samantha performed some original Hitchhiker’s themed poetry.
Comedian Ben gave a heartfelt essay where he reflected on learning of Douglas Adams’s death.
Michael spoke about discovering The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy through his dad and asked the question ‘Why does everyone in the universe sound so posh?’
Declan Kennedy & Jonathan Hearn
Declan (Ford Prefect) and Jonathan (Arthur Dent) brought to life Adams’s characters in a new fan fiction sketch:
Far out in the uncharted backwater of the western spiral arm of the galaxy, a small
unassuming bookshop is host to two startled galactic hitchers. Arthur Dent is home again…but how? Is it the Earth he remembers? What role does Zaphod play in all this? Will Arthur finally be able to get a stamp on his customer loyalty card? Can things just not go right for a change? If they can’t…. Who will rescue Ford and Arthur?
The Story Beast
Foremost expert on the worst poetry in the universe, The Story Beast joined us to read some of Paula Nancy Millstone Jenning’s work and pay tribute to her.
Comedy writer/producer and friend and collaborator of Douglas Adams, John Lloyd joined us to read some extracts from the book he wrote with Douglas in 1983, The Meaning of Liff.
Rachel Wheeley & Florence Schechter
Kevin Jon Davies
With thanks to…
The staff at Waterstone’s, Tottenham Court Road