The Spotlight on ... Gentlemen of Leisure
Never mind Newsnight Review, if you want incisive cultural commentary, turn to double-act Gentlemen of Leisure, aka BBC Radio writer Tom Neenan and Nish Kumar. They ask all the big questions, such as: is the novel dead, or just sleeping? If it is dead, who killed it?
And they answer a few questions, too ...
Where in London do you live?:
TN: Streatham, south-west London, between a Nando's and a Blockbuster. My Saturday nights are very predictable.
NK: Herne Hill.
How long have you been gigging for?:
TN: I started performing comedy with the Durham Revue about five years ago and have gigged off and on since then. More off than on.
NK: Three years stand up, two years in the old GOL.
What do we need to know about you?:
TN: I am a huge Doctor Who fan!
NK: I'm taller than people expect.
What do we not need to know about you, but you're going to tell us anyway?:
TN: I think Colin Baker's portrayal of the Doctor was excellent, and "The Twin Dilemma" is one of my top 10 favourite Doctor Who stories. Take that, society.
NK: I was once chased off stage by a Scottish heavy metal band.
Who makes you laugh?:
TN: People who prefer "Revelation of the Daleks".
NK: Peacock and Gamble, Louis CK, The Simpsons, Rio Ferdinand's World Cup Wind Ups.
What are your favourite London venues?:
TN: The Canal Cafe, its the place I've gigged the most in London and is a great venue for live comedy. Plus they serve Fruli.
NK: Canal Cafe for sketch, Up the Creek Sunday Special and Fat Tuesday for stand-up.
What are you/should you be famous for?:
TN: I am probably most famous for being that guy nobody has heard of.
NK: The fact that I was in a band for two weeks in 1998. There were three of us and we were called Pyramix. We never had a rehearsal but we did write a rock/rap hybrid called Supernatural Grandma.
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?:
TN: Jarvis Cocker, even though we look nothing alike. Nevertheless I find white van men shouting it at me strangely soothing.
NK: I've been told I look like an Asian version of the child catcher.
Can you dance?:
TN: Some people call it dancing.
NK: Only if James Brown instructs me to "take it to the bridge".
Whose sex face would you least like to see?
TN: Mount Rushmore's.
NK: Tom Neenan's. At least not again.
Audiences love it when I ...
TN: act stupid, nervy and uncomfortable. It is acting, honest.
NK: get chased off stage by Scottish heavy metal bands.
Audiences hate it when I ...
TN: Am a member of them (I have a very embarrassing laugh).
NK: delay the start of a heavy metal gig.