It's Christmas....Let's have a bit of fun
With Christmas parties in full swing, here's some light relief. How many of
these 'guests' do you recognise?
Uncle Reg the Rave (Paramedics at the Ready)
This is the guy who normally only gets exercise when the TV remote is broken,
but thinks he can show the youngsters how to do the twist. Half way through, his
face is so red that you can reduce your lighting by half!
How to spot: wears trousers that will only button under his beer gut, sits near
the bar so he doesn't have to walk far, has to be carried out at the end of the
Damien (cue the scary music)
The tearaway, hyperactive kid. He runs riot at the venue, knocking things over,
getting under your feet and sliding across the dance floor on his knees.
How to spot: look for three 6's under his hairline.
Larry the Loner
This is the outcast - once he's found someone who will talk to him (ie you) he's
there for the night.
How to spot: unfortunately by the time you realise it’s a "Larry" it's too late
because you've already said 'Hello'.
Derek the Drunk
This is the guy who's just topping up from the night before.
How to spot: He falls over all your gear while you're setting up and you can't
understand a word he says. Try introducing him to Larry (above)
Auntie Minnie the Moaner
"The music's too loud, the lights flash too much, you haven't played any Bay
City Rollers etc"
How to spot: She's in front of the decks every 5 minutes and even when she's not
you can hear her over the music complaining from the other end of the room
Cousin Edgar the Expert (Ex = has been, Spurt = drip under pressure)
From the moment you arrive he's telling you how he should be on radio 1
How to spot: He stands at your shoulder telling you what to play until you tell
him politely to go & enjoy himself or introduce him to Larry/Derek.
Britney the Spoilt Brat
She lies in the middle of the dance floor and screams loud enough to set off the
noise limiter just because you wouldn’t play her song immediately.
How to spot: not hard, just follow the screams. May also be called Kylie, Naomi, Cheryl or any other name that was fashionable when she was born.
Anton the Attention Seeker
This is the guy who insists on standing right in front of you and talking whilst
you're using the mic. He then tries to wrestle the mic from you because he wants
to mumble a few words.
How to spot: well you can't miss him because he's in your face. Give him a
broken/inflatable mic and send him on his way.
Dan the DJ
His first words will be "I'm a DJ too". He will know the ideal track to fill the
dance floor, although its already heaving at this point. He'll badger you all
night for "a go" as probably the only thing he usually has had in front of him is the
How to spot: Difficult not to, he's normally got your headphones on when you
Paul the Popstar
The person whose party it is 'specifically' invited him so that he could sing "Wonderwall".
Strangely enough.....your client is blissfully unaware of this previous
How to spot: Keeps eyes transfixed on your mic while trying to make a crafty
grab for it....and thats before he introduces himself.
Vince the videographer
Its the bride and grooms first dance. Subtle colours wash the dance floor with
delicate lighting from a cluster laser when ....WHAPP!!! Enough lights are
turned on to drain the National grid. All you can see on the dance floor are 3
silhouetted shapes, the bride and groom ... and Vince.
How to spot: commandeers all the plug sockets in the room for charging his
equipment forcing you to run a 10m extension from another room.
Dave the Doorman
Dave is the one that seeks out and installs himself bang in the middle of the
only feasible exit for that room. After numerous "excuse me"s, he tilts his
large frame slightly to one side.
How to spot: It required a site visit for you to determine the best access; Dave
finds it by pure instinct.
Samantha the Smoker
Samantha is always outside having a cigarette when you play her favourite songs,
so you 'must' play them again.
How to spot: Very hard to spot, as she's hardly ever in the room.
Out of time Tina
You've announced there is only an hour left, then last orders and the final
song.......when Tina appears with a request and can't understand why you're not
able to play it.
How to spot: You don't see her all evening, but she'll be at your side when
there's one minute to go.
And finally ........
She is polite, spends most of the night on the dance floor and congratulates you
at the end for a job well done.
How to spot: sadly this species is in decline so if you do come across one
treat with respect and invite her to all your other events.