I have plenty of people I admire, but they're not heroes. I remember a friend, years ago, hero-worshipped Maggie Thatcher ... yes, yes, I know, but it happens ... every famous person in whatever field seems to have loonies following them. Or on the downside, trying to kill them ...
I don't have heroes. I've always thought that it's only the feeble who need them.
At the moment, politically it's Jeremy Corbyn, although I did speak to a Labour pal of mine who'd been to see him speak locally. When I asked him what it was like he paused and said, "Bit like an Osmonds concert. He spent more time posing for selfies with children than speaking about Labour policies."
"But as I say, I don't have heroes. I do have a few people I think are excellent at what they do and inspire me, which is different."
Tom Lehrer is one of them. Some of you may not have heard of him, but he is eminently searchable on Google, so do have a look. He was a comedy songwriter whose songs inspired me to try to write funny lyrics and scripts.
Look him up playing 'The Elements' or even look at me on facebook under David Pibworth as I posted me singing it on Sunday in tribute to him, as he is 90 years old on the day I write this. So yesterday if you're reading this on the 10th April.
"By all means, be inspired by people."
Being in the light entertainment business, I've met many of the people who inspire me. If you are going to chat to them, say something sensible rather than gurgling admiration and asking for a selfie and then you'll end up having a proper natter rather than an autograph and a wan smile from them.
And that, my friends, is far better and memorable.
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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