Saturday, May 28, 2011

Simon Greenall and the World Service


Simon Greenall is one of those "Hey, it's that Guy!" performers in the UK. He's excellent in a great deal of quality -- usually comic -- material. But he's not a star per se.

He appeared on the BBC World Service program The World Today on 27 May, 2011. The stated reason was because Cheryl Cole was dropped from the US version of The X Factor due to her Geordie accent. Since Greenall is famous for doing the unintelligible Geordie accent of Michael in It's Alan Partridge, he showed up to speak. Here's the video of the Michael-Partridge bit they played on radio:

It was an inspired choice by the producers of The World Today. In about seven minutes, Greenall performs an array of accents and accent-variants, including Geordie, Lancashire, Northern Irish, Glaswegian, American newsreader, and more. It's an entertaining display and he manages to make a few points that I largely agree with about the relative friendliness of the UK and the USA to regionalism in accents.

It's criminal that the UK Government cut the World Service budget.

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