Mike Read was a BBC Radio One DJ in the heydays of the eighties, presenting Top Of The Pops on TV and the Saturday Superstore kids TV show, at the time being one of the most famous people in the country. But that was then.
But tastes change, he was sacked from Radio 1, he was ruthlessly parodied by Harry Enfield as Mike Smash of Fab FM. He’s renowned for middle-of-the-road musical tastes on syndicated commercial radio shows, a strong line in conservative politics and working with UKIP, and putting on musical shows.
— Mike Read (@MikeReadUK) January 13, 2018
Last night, for no explicable reason, he hosted an Evening With Chevy Chase in Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, interviewing the comedian who in recent days has sparked controversy for critiquing some targeted by the #metoo movement, specifically his friends Dustin Hoffman and Al Franken.
— Chevy Chase (@ChevyChaseToGo) December 21, 2017
Though that, oddly, wasn’t an issue for discussion. Instead, the questions veered from whether he plays golf, likes Paris, the state of his haemorrhoids or what message he had for young people about drugs. He also got his guitar out to try and encourage Chevy in a singalong, that didn’t go well. The audience was divided whether he was more like David Brent or Alan Partridge.
Totally bonkers. Mike Reed is asking crazy shit questions and Chevy Chase has no idea what's going on. I don't think anyone does. pic.twitter.com/J61omRPezT
— Sunglasses Kid 🕶 (@SunglassesKid) January 13, 2018
Then someone shouted out “Mike Read is a twat” from the audience, getting the biggest laugh of the night, and Mike Read walked off. And that, it seems, was that. Courtesy of Promotopia….
— Neil Martin OBE (@NeilSMartin) January 13, 2018
There were also plenty of issues with the sound. Although in this case this may be akin to the restaurant complaints about the terrible food – and how small the portions were. Reaction from the audience has been a mix of amusement, bafflement and downright mocking…
Mike Read genuinely pulled out an acoustic guitar and made Chevy Chase sing a song from 35 years ago nobody remembered.
— Michael M (@michaelmphysics) January 13, 2018
If you weren’t at the Chevy Chase gig tonight with Mike Read, this pic pretty much sums it up… pic.twitter.com/pbXXom2cMn
— Pete Connors (@PRConnors) January 13, 2018
Wow. Ex-DJ Mike Read went full Partridge interviewing #ChevyChase on stage at @EventimApollo tonight! An absolute car crash of an event. Mic issues upstaged by Read wanting answers on Chevy’s Hemorroids and Drug Use 😳
— 𝗩𝗶𝗸𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗿 (@vsangar) January 13, 2018
I also enjoyed it when Actual Mike Read (a dead raven preserved in lacquer and buried in felt) asked Chevy about some of his famous catchphrases and a guy in the audience shouted, “Mike Read, you are a twat”. #ChevyChase
— Chris Blohm (@chrisblohm) January 13, 2018
To sum up this evening. @ChevyChaseToGo is a very funny guy and still has the timing that made him a comic legend.Great to see him live.However @MikeReadUK was truly shocking and needs to immediately abandon any thoughts of future public interaction.I wish he’d go on a #vacation
— NewMan (@Redmistic) January 13, 2018
Oh mate he went FULL Partridge. Got his guitar out, referred to himself as a legend, started talking about the Mayflower. Just the oddest thing I’ve ever witnessed
— Billy (@MarkBilly22) January 14, 2018
— Gemma (@gemmog) January 13, 2018
The hunt for refunds continues apace…
I’ve never left felt the need to walk out of a show early before. Tonight, we couldn’t stay for even a full hour. Shockingly bad. #refundpleaseeventimapollo
— Allison Allen (@allensoflongcot) January 13, 2018
@EventimApollo How can such an establishment have such awful sound issues? Please offer us a refund. Such an insult to Chevy Chase.
— Magnus Gutarra (@MgGutarra) January 13, 2018
Totally agree. Refund is surely due. Total Amateur Mike Reid. Chevy Chase still funny still a legend #pro
— Matty (@mattjuniper4) January 13, 2018
@roccogoodwine I want a refund please – last night was an absolute joke with Chevy Chase and Mike Reid. Unacceptable lack of professionalism and preparartion.
— Martin G Allen (@martinatos) January 14, 2018
— Honky Tonk Queen (@woohoofoo) January 14, 2018
Could we have an Evening With Dan Ackroyd, interviewed by Russ Abbott next? Actually, I’d probably want to go see that.