Before I became a world-class entertainer I worked, for a short while, as a spy for the British Secret Service. I will share some of my experiences as a spy later in this blog but what I want to share with you today is an extract from a one man show I did a few years back which was based on my time working undercover. A few years ago, (I can’t say exactly due to the official secrets act), I was sent deep undercover into North Korea on a reconnaissance mission. I discovered many things during my five-day mission but one that stuck in my mind was the North Koreans lack of Orangina (See picture below if you are not sure of the drink I am mentioning).
The following conversation is from my hit solo show and is based on real events. The conversation took place between myself and the head of MI5 one day after I landed in North Korea, so strap in!
Henry: Speak up, I’ve got a bad signal.
MI5: Are you in North Korea, Henry?
MI5: How’s the food over there?
Henry: I don’t know, I’ve not eaten yet.
MI5: Are you eating ok?
MI5: I said, are you eating ok?
MI5: What did you have for lunch?
Henry: I ate on the plane.
MI5: What was it?
Henry: It’s a big aerodynamic machine that flies people to different destinations.
MI5: No, I know what a plane is, I was asking what you had for lunch.
Henry: Look, they don’t have any Orangina here.
MI5: How was it?
MI5: How was the salmon?
Henry: It was fine. Look, they don’t have any Orangina here.
MI5: Did they give you some lemon for it?
Henry: Instead of Orangina?
MI5: No, for the salmon.
Henry: No. Look, they do not have any Orangina in North Korea.
Henry: I said, they don’t have any Orangina here.
MI5: Yes, I know.
Henry: But don’t they know that since Orangina’s inception in 1936 it’s had the perfect blend of citrus fruits and orange zest. And that at only 42 calories per can it’s great for your waist?
MI5: No, not many North Koreans know about that. Anyway, I’d better go now as I have a moussaka in the oven
Henry: Is that a code?
Henry: Moussaka in the oven. Is that a code for something?
MI5: No, I’ve really got a moussaka in the oven.
Henry: I love moussaka but I hate aubergines.
MI5: But aubergines are the main ingredient in moussaka, so how can you like it?
MI5: I said, aubergines are the main ingredient in moussaka, so how can you like it?
MI5: Be careful, Henry.
(They both laugh)
So that’s the scene and it’s pretty tense stuff I’m sure you’ll agree. I will share more of my spy exploits and the hit show about that time at a later date.