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Viva Cabaret! (1993-94)


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Edition originally transmitted on 10 June 1994
Warning: this episode includes some swearing, sexual and drug references.

A pre-credit sequence has Lily Savage and Gayle Tuesday chatting; Lily opens the show dressed in Country & Western outfit, with thigh-length boots, accompanied by the Viva Cabaret dancers, the males bare cheeked. Amazing Jonathan is the first act, a modern comedy magician with audience volunteer, performing a traditional trick. Lily introduces comedienne Gayle Tuesday, who is 'dressed' as a jockey. As this act is essentially sending up the tabloid Page 3 girl, the choice of women's suffrage colours (green and purple) may be knowing. The performance includes a gag where she apparently strays off-message into humorous analysis.

Lily introduces singer Tom Jones, who performs a version of soul classic "In the Midnight Hour", leading into an advert break.

Lily introduces the dancers who support Texas-based Yogi Baird, a contortionist fiddle player, who works and grins hard throughout a potentially painful act. Next up are The Wow Show, (Paul-Mark Elliott, Stephen Frost, Lee Mack; Mark Arden), a spoof hypnotic act. Lee Evans is next, with animated features, manic delivery and references to TV programmes and adverts. Lee appears to be closing in Lily's absence but 'she' appears with bottle, cigarette, and make-up askew, backed by the Viva Dancers, and sings a medley of C&W classics, interjecting contemporary comments. The show ends somewhat in disarray.