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"Who Knew Late-'80s Pop Was Basically Plato?"

On Friday evening I attended a Radio 4 recording of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, which is standup comedy about figures from ancient Greece and Rome. Very much peak Radio 4, yes.

I had, as usual, arrived late and been given a sticker number in the early 200s, which means sitting somewhere at the back of the balcony. However, as I was shuffling towards the auditorium with the tail end of the mob, a BBC official called out "Any singles?". I raised my hand and was shown to a seat in the fourth row. So that was a nice result of my friends' total failure to want my spare ticket.

Natalie was recording two episodes, one about Aristophanes and the other about Plato. I enjoyed them both, though she lost marks by dissing the Greek New Comedy, on which I did about a fifth of my degree, in favour of Aristophanes's Old Comedy (I may write in and complain).

As well as the standup, there were interviews with experts, one of whom described Socrates as a 'laser mind in a bumbling body'.

"You've made me realise why I like Socrates so much!" Natalie exclaimed. "It's because he reminds me of Columbo!"

The title quote comes from Plato's description of the human mind as an aviary; the original birdhouse in your soul.


Oh, I ♥ Natalie Haynes! Her website claims that she's retired from stand-up: very glad to hear that's not (quite) true.

..I'm assuming the second word in the fourth paragraph is 'well'? ("Very well, thanks - yourself?")

Edited at 2016-03-07 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the correction - I don't know what goes on in my brane, sometimes.

I hadn't heard of her before but am obviously all for Classics-based comedy.
Plato was my favourite to study for my degree at Uni! 😊

Sounds like a fun evening. *hugs*

Edited at 2016-03-07 02:19 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It was! Although by the time I got home I was starving but also tired, so I had a Laughing Cow cheese spread triangle for supper ;.;
Even now I like the music of the 80's more than 'modern' music. Here and there comes a piece of modern music I like but for the most part I find today's music mass produced,industrial scale manufactured crap.

Simon Cowell has a lot to answer for.
Ah, well, it's 1960s music for me!
Great to hear Nat is back to stand-up! I ended up being a bouncer for her at Edinburgh in 1995, when a midnight show called "Bound not gagged" attracted audience who liked throwing stuff.
She spent much of the week trying to pull a bemused shy lad called Dylan Moran. I think that was the year he ended up with the Best Newcomer award. She was probably funnier though.
I am way behind the curve on the Natalie Haynes front! I envied her her Radio 4 slot but she's obviously put in a lot of hard work to get there.
I honestly read your title as "80s pop is basically potato". XD
No, no, the Mash was earlier :)
Close enough. XD