The Voice of the London Underground taken outside and shot.
I used to work in radio in Australia and one of the stations I had a gig at was a brand-new FM channel whose on-air talent was mainly made up of recent radio school graduates. One of the things they loved to do of a Friday night, after the General Manager had left the building, was to play silly-buggers on the intercom. The Breakfast Jock did a really funny impression of a supermarket check-out chick asking for a "Price Check"...another did a tone-perfect rendition of fighter-jets taking off - complete with conversations from the planes to the tower. Somebody else impersonated the Company Secretary giving the Chairman a blowjob in the dunny. It was very funny stuff. So when I saw this post it really struck a chord. Emma Clarke the voice of the London Underground (The Tube) has just been fired for recording and posting some spoofs on her own website as well as, a London Underground spokesman said, "slagging off her client's services". Clarke said she was "wildly misquoted."
"What I actually said was that traveling in a Tube train would be dreadful for me, listening to my own voice and seeing the haunted faces of commuters being subjected to me telling them to 'mind the gap'" ..."I would find it quite an uncomfortable experience in the same way that when I call a company when I'm their on-hold voice and it's me saying - "please press 2 for accounts - it's a creepy experience to be honest".
Here's some of her spoof announcements -
"Do not drop litter on the train. Please use the tramps provided."boomp3.com
"Warning, this is an emergency. I've chipped a nail."boomp3.com
"Would the passenger in the red shirt pretending to read a paper, but is actually staring at that woman's chest, please stop. You are not fooling anyone. You filthy pervert."boomp3.com
We'd like to remind our American tourist friends that you are almost certainly talking too loud."boomp3.com
"Passengers should note that the bearded gentleman's rucksack contains the following items only: Some sandwiches, a library card and a picture of a bare ankle and is no cause for concern."boomp3.com
"Passengers are reminded that a smile is actually a friendship signal - not a sign of weakness."boomp3.com
"Would the gentleman in the pinstripe suit and £1000 glasses who obviously works in the media, please take one step forward on to the track as the train arrives. Thank you."boomp3.com
Residents of London are reminded that there are other places in Britain outside your stinking shithole of a city, and if you removed your heads from your arses for just a couple of minutes, you may realise that the M25 is not the edge of the Earth."boomp3.com
"Passengers are reminded that, like all voiceover artists, I probably look nothing like you imagine and may turn out to be somewhat of a disappointment."boomp3.com
"Would passengers filling in answers on their Sudokus please accept that they're just crosswords for the unimaginative and are not in any way more impressive just because they contain numbers."boomp3.com
"Here we are again, crammed into a sweaty tube carriage. And today's Wednesday - only two more days before you can binge drink yourself into a state of denial about the mediocrity of your life. Oh, for Goodness sake, if you're female, smile at the bloke next to you and make his day. He's probably not had sex for months."boomp3.com
Emma Clarke's wonderful site is up again. She writes about the effect the enormous publicity of the last couple of days has had on her life. There's lots of interesting stuff there. Including her bio which includes writing for -
The Now Show (radio comedy) Stop the World (radio comedy)
Mummification (a one-off radio play) Share and Share Alike (radio sit-com)
Get your Ears around my Mouth (radio sit-com)
Casualty (television drama)
Private Viewing (radio sit-com)
Teleluvvies (an acclaimed play for the Edinburgh Fringe)
The Song’s in the Story and the Story’s in the Song (a mockumentary, for independent local radio, telling someone’s life story through the lyrics of a song)
The Write Stuff (a Channel 4 children’s educational show, for which Emma contributed sketches)
She also tells us she's a keen writer and has been working on her first novel for the last five years and is currently writing a one-woman play for the Edinburgh Fringe. She is also working on several ideas for children’s television programmes, a comedy drama about a couple who meet over the Internet and poetry. She's a hell of a talent this Voice of the London Underground
You might find This story somewhat droll and all.