Saturday 25th May 2019
The Blue Moon, Cambridge
2019 saw Stand Up for Towel Day travel to Douglas’s hometown of Cambridge. The day started with a tour around the city guided by David Haddock before heading to The Blue Moon for an afternoon of talks and Q&As and a night of comedy.
We were joined by special guests David Learner and Martin Smith & Will Adams.
Walking Tour of Cambridge
Equipped with their towels, fans were taken on a guided walking tour of Cambridge by David Haddock, the former president of ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha (the Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society). Sites visited included where Douglas Adams was born, where he went to university, where the “biscuit incident” took place, and where the TARDIS landed in Doctor Who episode Shada.
Martin Smith & Will Adams
Kevin Jon Davies interviewed Martin and Will, the two remaining members of Douglas Adam”s sketch troupe, Adams-Smith-Adams, about their time at Cambridge University and working with Douglas. (And yes, it was that “bloody Martin Smith from Croydon”.)
In the second of the day’s panels, Kevin Jon Davies spoke to David who played Marvin the Paranoid Android on both stage and screen.
Once again, Steve delved deep into the hidden messages of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This time he was in search of buried treasure and by putting the entire book’s text into alphabetical order, finding the bits that sounded like they were a cryptic crossword clue and solving them he may have got close.
Vogon Poety Anti-Slam
Stand Up for Towel Day‘s poet laureate, Cerys Bradley was joined by 2018’s Vogon Poetry Anti-Slam winner, Katie Overstall for some more painful poetry. Tied up audience members were forced to listen to the third worst poetry in the universe before deciding whose was truly worthy of the Vogon name.
The Golgafrinchan Kazoo Khoir
Conducted by Anna Ploszajski, we were treated to a wonderful kazoo rendition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy theme tune, Journey of the Sorcerer.
Declan Kennedy & Jonathan Hearn
Declan and Jonathan were back with more fan fiction:
Another day, another Earth, and all roads lead to home. Ford is bored, and Arthur is,
as ever, impatient to know what’s going on. Now that there’s more versions of Earth than cuts of Blade Runner, there’s only one ( highly apocryphal ) source of information they can consult. There’s an app for everything…even the ultimate question, and ultimate truths can be hard to swallow.
In the style of an Apple Keynote speech, Michael presented The Guide3 for the staff of Megadodo Publications on how to “improve” The Guide and bring it up-to-date – by which we mean making more money through dodgy business practices. Ideas included using ‘gems’ as currency; user-generated content; a new expensive guide with an always-on Babel Fish that predicts what articles you want to see; and peril sensitive sunglasses tech, adjusted so that you never have to read an opinion that you disagree with.
The Story Beast
The Story beast paid tribute to Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings with a touching eulogy.
Adams Smith Adams
Martin Smith and Will Adams were joined by Stand Up for Towel Day regulars Jonathan Hearn, Declan Kennedy, and Katie Overstall to perform sketches originated by the comedy troupe they were part of with Douglas Adams at Cambridge University, most of which had not been performed since.
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