George Rigden: 'Brexit was delayed because he bent the House of Commons plumbing'

This article is from 2019

George Rigden: 'Brexit was delayed because he bent the House of Commons plumbing'

credit: Edward Moore

The musical comic chats about his brief friendship with mentalist Uri Geller

In George-ous, his 2018 Fringe debut, George Rigden picked up the guitar and attempted to woo audiences as the 'World's Sexiest Man'. This time around he's left the instrument at home, due to what Rigden terms an 'aggressive industry prejudice against musical comedy', and also because it was a pain to lug around. It wouldn't have jived thematically with his new show, anyway: 'you'd be amazed at how few words rhyme with Uri, Geller and spoons.'

In Spooning with Uri, Rigden focuses on a different ego and explores his brief childhood friendship with the self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller. Does the illusionist know that Rigden has dedicated his new hour to him? 'And blow the chance of a massive press boost when he becomes aware of the show and tries to sue me halfway through the run? I'm not a mug, mate,' he says jokingly. Still, while Rigden would have liked to give him a 'polite heads-up', Geller's 'propensity for litigation' (he sued Nintendo because the psychic-type Pokémon Kadabra is holding a bent spoon) means that the comic figured it best to keep it on the down-low, and thus give himself a better chance of actually getting to perform the show at all.

His old pal recently made it into the papers when he declared he'd stop Brexit using his telepathic powers. As desperate as Remainers may be, Geller's attempts have been unorthodox, to put it mildly. But Rigden is all for it. 'I think he's smashing it: one day we're doomed, the next it's delayed until Halloween, and all because he bent the plumbing in the House of Commons! Even as the world's most disproven psychic, I think on current evidence he's probably done more to actually stop Brexit than anyone with the power to do so.' While Rigden can't comment on what he thinks Geller's next move might be, given his skillset, 'it would inevitably have to involve him bending something: ie the law.'

George Rigden: Spooning with Uri, Just the Tonic at The Caves, 3–25 Aug (not 12), 6.15pm, £6 (£5) in advance or donations at the venue. Previews 1 & 2 Aug, £5.

George Rigden: Spooning with Uri

  • 4 stars

George Rigden As a child, George Rigden (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the year nominee 2017) was friends with Uri Geller for two years. This is the bizarre but true story of that friendship. In the wake of Operation Yewtree and the #MeToo movement, this is a tale that is as relevant as it is profitable (TBC). A true…