Remote Goat’s Review of Scott Capurro’s Position
“The gayest gay-bar in gay-town”
by Andy Currums 01/04/11
In 1996 seven of the Little Rock Nine came face-to-face with some of their white tormentors on The Oprah Winfrey Show, nearly forty years after their famous school days. This televisual event wasn’t just a pinnacle moment for chat shows, but a pinnacle moment for world history; Oprah had used her place on the public stage to right social wrongs, to bring justice to where there had been none, to reunite a divided nation and to turn prejudice into love. As Oprah basked in the glory of her success and awaited canonisation, she probably didn’t realise that fifteen years later the humble chat show would consist of Omid Djalili being interviewed in “the gayest gay-bar in gay-town” (his words), pretending to anally wank himself with a Mars Bar whilst impersonating an American Jew complaining about the selfishness of bisexuals; “They lick all the pussy, they suck all the cock, I mean c’mon!”. And that is, believe it or not, an exact description of what happened at Scott Capurro’s Position at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern on the 31st of March 2011.
Scott Capurro’s Position is a dirty and debauched evening of entertainment and is undoubtedly one of the best ways to spend a Thursday night in London. Capurro makes for a dirty and debauched host who uses his cheeky charisma and genuine intelligence to reveal a similarly dirty and debauched side within all his guests; resulting in interviews that are often hilarious, regularly insightful and always, if you hadn’t already gathered, dirty and debauched. Capurro quizzes his guests on their sexuality, beliefs and how their unique identities and backgrounds have moulded them and their careers, often opening up truly interesting and enlightening discussions between himself and his line-up of famous faces.
Obviously, all chat shows live or die on the interviewees’ openness and willingness to participate and the line up on the 31st (David Baddiel, Right Said Fred and Omid Djalili) all happily dove into the sex-mad fun and confidently bantered with Capurro and the audience to make for a superb opening trio of guests. But, with Capurro at the centre of the show and an interesting list of public figures to come over the next five weeks, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, “the gayest gay-bar in gay-town” (Dijilli, 2011), need not worry as it almost certainly has a hit on its hands.
I must finish on a personal note: the experience and majesty of hearing Right Said Fred perform an Unplugged, acoustic version of their nineties hit “I’m Too Sexy” was simply outrageous and no words will ever to be able to describe its bizarre brilliance . . .
Showing until 05/05/11 Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 372 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY
And now my personal note: Don’t worry, if you’re up North and can’t make it, David and I are bringing this show to the Edinburgh Fringe. See you in August. Well, I won’t see you, I’m too famous now to hang, but you’ll always be in my heart. If I can find it. Now keep your distance. xxx