Weird Alan Moore /
IT Crowd Coincidence
I'll just start by saying I don't really believe in fate or serendipity or any of that stuff, but I do think that, in this crazy, complex, interconnected world we live in, weird coincidences happen occasionally.
So here's one of them.
This all happened after Graham 'writer of Father Ted' Linehan bought a copy of Mustard magazine (the one with the Alan Moore interview) at Gosh comic shop in London. He later asked for it to be one of the "cool geeky things" to be used in the IT Crowd set (read that story here).
So, because of that Alan Moore interview sparking Graham's interest, I end up being invited to the audience recording of The IT Crowd at Elstree studios.
So I'm waiting with the rest of the studio audience, standing in the parking lot by the studio entrance. Each of the parking bays had nameplates on them, and I happened to glance over at the one near me, which says 'Alan More'. Which I thought was quite a funny coincidence, what with Alan Moore kind of leading to me being there, and especially as he talked a lot about coincidences in his interview. So I took a pic on my phone:
Some of us were then herded round to the other side, where I ended up standing in another parking bay which, rather inexplicably, had the nameplate 'Wizzard'. Now that's a weird coincidence (Alan became a wizard on his 40th birthday).
When I told Alan about this later he chuckled and said "Ah yes, my occult influence gets everywhere".
(Postscript: another Mustard coincidence, this time with John Cleese »)
Mustard magazine seen on The IT Crowd »
Mustard can be seen several times on Channel 4's BAFTA-winning comedy The IT Crowd:
* Moss is reading it during the episode 'Moss and the German'
* Roy is reading it in an official publicity photo
* That photo is also on the cover of the American series 2 DVDs
* Graham Linehan points out Mustard on the series 3 DVD extras
* Our Mustard Alan Moore poster's on the wall in most series 4 episodes
Cut-Out-and-Make Paper People »
Cut out and make paper versions of Mustard cover stars, including Alan Moore, Michael Palin, Lee & Herring, Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher and the casts of IT Crowd and Peep Show.
Graham Linehan interview online »
The full Graham Linehan interview from the sold-out Mustard issue #01 is now online. The writer of Father Ted, Black Books, The IT Crowd, Big Train, The Day Today and Fast Show.
Alan Moore interview in Mustard #04 »
Mustard issue #04 features a 12,000-word interview with Alan Moore, author of Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, etc. Buy it for just £2.50.
Alan Moore and Roy from The IT Crowd
reading Mustard »
Real photos of Roy reading the Alan Moore issue of Mustard and Alan Moore reading our IT Crowd issue, Photoshopped together into one pic.
Alan Moore and Stewart Lee reading Mustard »
I took this photo of Alan Moore and Stewart Lee reading each other's issue of Mustard at the Dodgem Logic party.
Alan Moore quote greeting cards »
Quotable Cards have released a card featuring a quote from Alan Moore's interview in Mustard issue #04.