Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour

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Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour is the fifth and final live stage show based on the UK TV series Bottom. It ran in 2003 (ten years after the first stage show) and was recorded for VHS and DVD release at the Cliffs Pavilion Theatre in Southend-on-Sea. It was written by and starred Rik Mayall as Richie and Adrian Edmondson as Eddie.

Plot[edit]

Act one[edit]

No longer on Hooligan’s Island, Richie and Eddie find themselves back in their flat in Hammersmith. Having locked himself in the lavatory for fifteen days, Eddie is disrupted when Richie barges in, discovering that his friend has transformed the room into a laboratory. Inside are various inventions, including "The Evacuator", a super-powerful vacuum cleaner that Eddie uses as a toilet, "The Patent Painless Tattoo Remover", alias a blunt hammer, and "Weapons Grade Lager", a self-perpetuating alcoholic drink that leads to a prolonged period of unconsciousness. Richie then discovers a trunk sent to him from his deceased uncle Peregrine Richard. Inside are the plans for the various inventions Eddie has supposedly stolen. However, one invention remains untouched: Peregrine Richard's "Elixir of Life". Richie hurriedly drinks the potion hoping to gain immortality but is shocked when Eddie discovers that the substance is poisonous. In order to save his friend, Eddie reluctantly uses his very own time-traveling toilet (i.e. the "TURDIS"), to reverse time and stop Richie drinking the Elixir. Fully restored, the two friends then realise that they can use the TURDIS to reach the bar of the theatre before the audience, and depart immediately.

Act two[edit]

Richie and Eddie continuing their search for the bar, having found themselves unsuccessful for three and a half years. In the course of their escapades, Eddie manages to lodge Richie's head in the door of the TURDIS (only to dislodge it again with a stick of dynamite), Richie is forced to re-power the ship via the friction caused by him pleasuring himself (leading to a mass-heckle from the theatre audience as orchestrated by Eddie). As an unforeseen result, the pair find themselves traveling further and further back through time, right back to the beginning of time itself. After a narrow escape from his shrinking underpants (triggered by the reversal of time), Eddie joins Richie as they discover the meaning of everything: pants (thanks to the appearance of the Mother Pants), and they depart by singing an ode to the ever-useful undergarment.

Trivia[edit]

As Richie, Rik Mayall once again mentions his quad bike accident he had in 1998 and he makes out it was Eddie who caused it. "It's just like the last time, except this time Eddie isn't standing there with a brake cable in one hand and some scissors in the other." To which Eddie grins and mimes holding something and cutting across it.

Both Rik and Ade impersonate Rick and Vyvyan out of the Young Ones much to the delight of the audience. To which Rik, as Richie, casually says to Ade that he hasn't changed his material very much. Eddie, corpsing replies, "stick with what works, that's my motto."

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Bottom: Live 2003 — Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour
3 October 2003 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
6 October 2003 Plymouth England Plymouth Pavilions
7 October 2003
8 October 2003 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall
10 October 2003 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
12 October 2003 Croydon Fairfield Halls
13 October 2003
15 October 2003 Nottingham Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
16 October 2003
17 October 2003
18 October 2003
20 October 2003 Leeds Grand Opera House
21 October 2003
22 October 2003
23 October 2003
24 October 2003
25 October 2003 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
26 October 2003 Watford England Watford Colosseum
28 October 2003 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
29 October 2003
30 October 2003
31 October 2003 Brighton Brighton Centre
3 November 2003 Manchester Carling Apollo
4 November 2003 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
5 November 2003
6 November 2003 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
7 November 2003 Sunderland Sunderland Empire Theatre
8 November 2003 Manchester Carling Apollo
9 November 2003 Ipswich Regent Theatre
11 November 2003 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
12 November 2003 Blackburn King Georges Hall
14 November 2003 Llandudno Wales Venue Cymru
15 November 2003 Blackpool England Blackpool Opera House
16 November 2003 Oxford New Theatre Oxford
17 November 2003
19 November 2003 Bristol Bristol Hippodrome
20 November 2003
22 November 2003 Birmingham National Indoor Arena Academy
23 November 2003
25 November 2003 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
26 November 2003
27 November 2003 London Hammersmith Apollo
28 November 2003
29 November 2003
1 December 2003 Leicester De Montfort Hall
2 December 2003
5 December 2003 Dublin Ireland The Point Depot
6 December 2003 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
8 December 2003 Ipswich England Regent Theatre
9 December 2003
10 December 2003 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
11 December 2003 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall

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