Bottom Live 2001: An Arse Oddity

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Bottom Live 2001: An Arse Oddity was the fourth live show based on the British sitcom Bottom. It was recorded at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall.


The first act involves Eddie and Richie on a similar tropical island to the one from Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's Island. However, this is effectively a "play within a play": after the first act, the pair are on their way to the bar when they fall down chutes into a grey dome ("like the Millennium Dome, only fuller") in which they become trapped. After a couple of escape attempts, Eddie eventually finds a bar behind the set and at the end of the show he and Richie perform a song about underpants. The song is also performed at the finale of the Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour.


Richie says "That tosser who fell off the quad bike." This is a reference to a true event where Rik Mayall fell off a quad bike and nearly died.

This is their first live show where their characters do not die at the end.

During the second act of the show Richie mentions Spudgun, one of Eddie's friends (and while still calling him Spudgun mentions how he's 'moved up' referencing the actor doing other work after Bottom). Spudgun, along with Eddie's other friend Dave Hedgehog and Lamb and Flag pub owner Dick Head haven't been seen since the third series episode "Dough", and this marks the first time since the television series ended that Eddie or Richie have mentioned either one of them.

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