Celebrity divers
This month: Comedians
Anyone who has seen former Python Michael Palin’s travel programmes may recall the episode in which he enjoyed a spot of diving in the Philippines. Viewers could be forgiven for thinking he was reenacting the ‘silly walk’ sketch underwater. In fact, he was struggling to master his buoyancy. Cult
When he’s not starring as BBC1’s Jonathan Creek, cheeky chappy Alan Davies is busy doing the rounds on the stand-up comedy circuit with his whimsical act. .He says he wants to dive all over the world. Judging from the amount of building society ads he’s appeared in recently, he should be able to afford to.
Neil Morrissey, the eternal man-behaving-badly, is mellowing in his old age and wants to get closer to nature. He ‘s recently been to Palau, to shoot a documentary on the famously rich underwater life there.
His cauliflower-eared co-star, Martin Clunes, mysteriously pulled out of the project, though he too is a diver.
Brummie comedian Jasper Carrott took up diving recently while on holiday in the Caribbean. Anxious to accompany his wife, a keen diver, Carrott actually began enjoying himself, until a buoyant ascent brought him to the surface – right under a glass-bottomed boat
American stand-up Bill Hicks may have died in 1995, but he’s never enjoyed so much success. Hicks briefly moved to Los Angeles where he tried to steep himself in the Californian lifestyle by taking up diving. Disenchanted with LA, he consoled himself by noting that the whole city will one day crumble into the Pacific, ‘leaving a cool, calm serenity known as Arizona Bay’.
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