Thursday, 12 September 2013

Raymond J. Bartholomew



Brian Nankervis, most of us know as the brains trust and score-keeper on the SBS-TV program Rockwiz. However, some years before he found success with his televised pub-trivia program, he tried to make it as a stand-up comedian and performance poet, of deliberately questionable talent.

He first appeared on the nationally broadcast TV show "Hey Hey It's Saturday" in 1986 under the nom de plume Raymond J. Bartholomew. He featured on the segment on the show known as "Red Faces" and, as the clip below says, he was so bad that he became a regular guest on the show.

It's still hilarious to hear him read his poem "Days by the Ocean".

"Maroooooooned! Marooooooooned! I'm on a lagoooooooon!" he drawls.

I have no idea what it is all about, but the outrageous delivery more than makes up for any lack of pretext or, indeed, any coherence!

In the spirit of the outsider music from my last post, here is Raymond J. Bartholomew with "Days By The Ocean"

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