To uninvite Stephen Fry from my dinner party and invite Gary Barlow instead?

(99 Posts)
chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:20:21

I have Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard and Chris Evans on my guest list. But I really want Gary Barlow to come too, so I've decided that Stephen has to go. AIBU? confused

valiumredhead Fri 01-Feb-13 13:21:36

Why can't he come as well?

Catchingmockingbirds Fri 01-Feb-13 13:23:05

You'd take Stephen fry off your list in place of Gary Barlow, yet you'll keep Chris Evans? I think we all know here, yabu!

manicbmc Fri 01-Feb-13 13:23:37

Which Chris Evans? The one who never shuts up and is a mediocre dj or Captain America?

valiumredhead Fri 01-Feb-13 13:23:39

Chris would be top of me list!

valiumredhead Fri 01-Feb-13 13:23:49


WorraLiberty Fri 01-Feb-13 13:24:04

What is it, the ugly bug's ball?

<< Fears I may have said that out loud >>

sittinginthesun Fri 01-Feb-13 13:24:31

Stephen can come to mine instead.

valiumredhead Fri 01-Feb-13 13:26:28

worra shock

I would so do all of them did I say THAT outloud?

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:26:53

I've only got 4 chairs and one's for me. grin

Not Captain America, no.

I don't know if SF is getting a bit old for dinner chez moi. And I see so much of him on QI.

TeamEdward Fri 01-Feb-13 13:27:59

Surely you can have both. You really need 6 minimum at a Fantasy Dinner Party (you can get away with 4 guests in your Fantasy Hot Tub, but not dinner). In fcat, that means you can choose one more too!

I'm thinking of inviting Martin Freeman to join me, Ryan Gosling, Stephen Fry, Sue Perkins and Rhod Gilbert.

manicbmc Fri 01-Feb-13 13:28:13

Dump Evans instead.

If it was the other one, I'd say keep and don't invite Barlow. grin

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:28:24

I'm not going to shag any of them, we are going to have intellectual talks and high jinx. so why am I inviting Gary?

SolidSnake Fri 01-Feb-13 13:29:28

But you never know where dinner might lead chica grin

valiumredhead Fri 01-Feb-13 13:30:36

Intellectual talks, high jinx and THEN a ig shag fest while Gary plays the piano!

valiumredhead Fri 01-Feb-13 13:30:44


manicbmc Fri 01-Feb-13 13:32:18

Hence the need to drop British Evans in favour of American Evans.

valiumredhead Fri 01-Feb-13 13:34:17

Oh no, I love a sandy haired gentleman...

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:34:24

6 guests makes it too easy, I think. angry

manicbmc Fri 01-Feb-13 13:35:09

Not so much the hair, but the gob. grin

QuickLookBusy Fri 01-Feb-13 13:35:53


I understand you wanting Mr Barlow (don't we all?), but Mr Evansconfused

How can any conversation with Mr Evans be in any way comparable to a convo with Mr Fry? You're mad.

Maryz Fri 01-Feb-13 13:37:51

But Gary Barlow is so boring.

Unless the producers would give him a list of suitable topics and so-called amusing comments like they do on X-factor? He hasn't much to say for himself.

Stephen Fry, on the other hand, could be interesting on any topic.

I'd dump Eddie Izzard and certainly Chris Evans. I might have John Bishop and Daire O'Briain, or maybe Graham Norton, or James Cordon (in fact I'd like the whole panel of A League of Their Own).

Maybe I'm a bit greedy, but you are welcome to Gary Barlow.

gordyslovesheep Fri 01-Feb-13 13:38:07

depends if you want interesting conversation or if you want to be so bored you eat your own arm while being regaled with hilarious tales of his friend Prince Charles and his work for charridy really !

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Fri 01-Feb-13 13:39:13

Get a beanbag and make Chris Evans sit on the floor.

TeamEdward Fri 01-Feb-13 13:40:09

Maryz, you are veering away from "dinner party" territory and heading for "ballroom buffet"!

Gary Barlow. He's a shortarse, tax evading Cameron-supporter. Never going to make it to my dinner party (which should be 6 people of course)

Id definitely second the Ryan Gosling invitation - he's actually very clever as well as being utterly delicious.

Maryz Fri 01-Feb-13 13:41:20

I might have to have a series of dinner parties maybe.

If I have to stick to three, I would have Dara O'Briain, Stephen Fry and, erm, John Bishop for a bit of light relief.

Yep. That'll do.

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:41:47

Awww! But I think Gary Barlow is quite funny.

Graham Norton is a possibility. I'd probably uninvite Chris Evans for him.

You just don't know what they're like when they're not performing, do you? Like Rhod Gilbert. I find him side-splittingly funny, but can imagine him being a bit of a miserable git over dinner.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 01-Feb-13 13:41:49

I'd like Victoria Coren and David Mitchell. Not sure if the third would be Sue Perkins, Jo Brand or Eddie Izzard.

Nancy66 Fri 01-Feb-13 13:42:18

It would be very hard to cater for. Eddie Izzard is vegan and Gary Barlow doesn't eat carbs....

(I really wish I knew more about the conflict in Mali than this sort of thing)

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 01-Feb-13 13:42:34

Oh, shit, I forgot Eddie. He can be third.

Maryz Fri 01-Feb-13 13:43:07

I could have an intellectual dinner party, a commedian dinner party, a sportsman (yes man grin) dinner party and a few other themes, maybe <ponders>

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:43:10

I think DH would think he'd died and gone to heaven if he had Stephen Fry, Dara O'Brien and Brian Cox for dinner. And I'd be bored rigid and wished I'd invited Gary Barlow.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 01-Feb-13 13:43:44

Redmayne that is. I could gaze at his freckles during lulls in the conversation.

Maryz Fri 01-Feb-13 13:43:53

Bloody hell commedian confused, comedian.

manicbmc Fri 01-Feb-13 13:45:02

Brian Cox always comes across as very interesting especially his tales of being in D:Ream which sounds like a blast.

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:45:07

Oh, I don't cook for vegetarians or vegans. So that's Eddie uninvited. I can cope with turning up dressed as a woman, but not being fussy about food. grin

Maryz Fri 01-Feb-13 13:45:46

<off to google Eddie Redmayne confused>

NeedsABigCar Fri 01-Feb-13 13:48:47

and Gary Barlow doesn't eat carbs....

Am I the only one who read that as Gary Barlow doesn't eat crabs? A dinner party without crabs shouldn't be too hard to cater for surely. grin

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 13:49:26

I like the idea of a themed dinner party. You'd have to have the comedian one last though or you'd be comparing the fun of that with all the others.

I do think Eddie R is gorgeous but I'm afraid they'd have to bring more to the table than looking good. I can stare at a picture of them on the computer. I want stimulating conversation.

Nancy66 Fri 01-Feb-13 13:50:21

I know someone who dated Eddie Redmayne for two years.

Brian Cox, the physicist guy was in DReam, seriously?

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 01-Feb-13 13:57:59

Nancy. PLEASE tell me she was a frumpy middle-aged crone. let me think I would stand a chance...

Nancy66 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:02:30

Mardy - sadly she is a very beautiful ex Cambridge Dr.

chicaguapa Fri 01-Feb-13 14:09:07

Nancy You could have lied! wink

MammaTJ Fri 01-Feb-13 14:10:22

Get rid of Chris, keep Stephen and Gary and Eddie.

Nancy66 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:13:40

i think Stephen would be a conversation hogger. I can also see him having those bad table manners that posh people sometimes have - where he'll just reach across the table rather than ask for something to be passed.

shockers Fri 01-Feb-13 14:17:38

Gary Barlow would be dull I think. I'm not sure that I could cope with Prof Cox either.

I'd quite like Victoria Wood, Martin Clunes, Julia Bradbury and Leo Moran (Saw Doctors) and possibly Noel Fielding, although I'm not sure if I should save him for another day.

I'm probably thinking about this too much...

HellonHeels Fri 01-Feb-13 14:19:04

For a man who doesn't eat carbs, GB is a bit of a chunker. I thought he had the look of someone who'd enjoy a good dinner. I wouldnt invite him to dinner simply due to food faddishness if that's true. He's also dull and a boring Tory (as opposed to an amusing Tory)

shockers Fri 01-Feb-13 14:19:12

Ok... I'm saving Noel for another evening and I'll stick Chris Evans in with that lot.

That is my final guest list... better go and pick up the wine grin.

BeckAndCall Fri 01-Feb-13 14:20:00

No, no, no.

Uninvite the lot and have a tete a deux with David Beckham don't tell Posh

NaicePig Fri 01-Feb-13 14:23:39

Didn't Gary Barlowe once eat too many baked potatoes and resultantly run over his own head?

Not my idea of suitable post-dinner etiquette.

NaicePig Fri 01-Feb-13 14:24:56

NOT that I would serve a baked potato at MY dinner party (guests to which would incidentally include Sue Perkins, Bill Bailey and David Attenborough). Dauphinoise, dahling.

Maryz Fri 01-Feb-13 14:34:09

David Beckham, noooo [bleurgh]

He's just too, erm, clean-cut. Like Jamie Rednapp. I wouldn't like to spend time with a man who spent more time primping himself and applying lotions and potions than I do. I like a bit of rough for eye-candy

Maryz Fri 01-Feb-13 14:34:49

Oh, I know who I would really like - Clare Balding!

Foggles Fri 01-Feb-13 14:36:51

Eddie's coming to my party instead so you don't need to worry - you'll have a spare seat.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 01-Feb-13 14:49:22

You could have let me down gently Nancy.

Naicepig That was Brian Harvey! That is possibly my favourite celebrity story of all time.

SirBoobAlot Fri 01-Feb-13 15:09:17

Stephen and Eddie can come to mine. You have keep the other two you weirdo. Hugh Laurie will also be attending.

KurriKurri Fri 01-Feb-13 15:40:31

Four chairs = Stephen, Eddie, Sue perkins, Clare Balding, and you on Eddie's lap. Gary is on piano with a plate of buffet food.

Oh dear, there's no room for Chris, - shame.

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 01-Feb-13 16:22:03

It's tricky to get low carb buffet food. Poor Gazza.

Geranium3 Fri 01-Feb-13 16:25:38

I'm just gonna invite gary!!!!

MardyBraWouldDoEddieRedmayne Fri 01-Feb-13 17:18:50

Do the guests have to be alive?

KurriKurri Fri 01-Feb-13 17:30:05

If they were dead, Gary could play one of his decompositions for them. grin

MardyBraWouldDoEddieANDHully Sat 02-Feb-13 00:11:21

Obviously I'm not talking corpses. Just whether we could have historical figures at a notional party.

VictorAndBarry Sat 02-Feb-13 07:49:38

David tennant
Dara O'Brian
Clare Bading
Sandi Toskvig
Hugh Jackman

Sounds like a great dinner party!

VictorAndBarry Sat 02-Feb-13 07:51:05

Ps I love how OP s struggling to dece as she only as four chairs at her entirely fantasy and fictional party grin

VictorAndBarry Sat 02-Feb-13 07:51:20

Dece = decide

Lostonthemoors Sat 02-Feb-13 07:52:15

I would have:

Sandy Toksvig
James Naughtie
Tony Benn
Anthony Julius
Hugh Grant
AS Byatt

PrincessOfChina Sat 02-Feb-13 07:52:52

YABU. Rampant Tory and dull as fuck? No thanks!

And that from the biggest Take That fan ever. There's a time and a place and all that!

Lostonthemoors Sat 02-Feb-13 07:53:03

Just started reading thread - now I want Claire Balding too!!

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sat 02-Feb-13 07:53:24

Can't you have a buffet? Then you could invite more people!!

Lostonthemoors Sat 02-Feb-13 07:54:30

Ooh and Victoria Wood!

DowntonTrout Sat 02-Feb-13 07:56:43

I'm going to add Gary Barlow to my dinner party guest list seeing as one of mine can't make it. Well he died.

It would have been Michael Winner.

Gary can tinkle the ivories after dinner and we'll all sing along to Back for Good.

legalalien Sat 02-Feb-13 08:03:13

Maryz that's weird, all your guests are on my constantly being updated fantasy dinner party list. I am also inviting Alexander mccall smith, and maybe David bellamy. Perhaps you would like to join us?

JeezyOrangePips Sat 02-Feb-13 08:05:00

Gary Barlow would not be getting the leftovers from my dinner party. He is dull, patronising and thinks the world of himself.

It's easy to decide who I don't want, far harder to whittle it down to just four.

Can I have a garden party instead?

MardyBraWouldDoEddieANDHully Sat 02-Feb-13 10:30:18

If we're adding more, can I please have Dawn French?

MardyBraWouldDoEddieANDHully Sat 02-Feb-13 10:31:16

And maybe Bishop Desmond Tutu. He is so jolly, as well as inspirational.

mrsbunnylove Sat 02-Feb-13 10:34:38

op, please don't even consider inviting me to your dinner party! it sounds like hell...

mrsbunnylove Sat 02-Feb-13 10:35:36

ooh yes, desmond tutu! he'd be a good party guest.

Maryz Sat 02-Feb-13 10:41:46

legalalien, thankyou for the invite but you can feck off, I'm not sharing my guests Though I think I might borrow David Bellamy from you for afternoon tea <ponders>


You know, we have to get back to four, because otherwise they might talk to each other and leave us out shock.

I think Dawn French would be more amusing than outshine me, so I'm blackballing her.

FellatioNels0n Sat 02-Feb-13 10:43:32

I'm not going to shag any of them, we are going to have intellectual talks and high jinx. so why am I inviting Gary?

Hmm. I see your problem. What you should do is have dinner and intersting conversation with Gary, Stephen and Eddie, and then after they have gone off to their guest suites for the night, have Gary delivered to your room in a thong, clutching a bottle of massage oil. Sorted.

FellatioNels0n Sat 02-Feb-13 10:44:09

Whoops I meant Chris, Stephen and Eddie.

Maryz Sat 02-Feb-13 10:57:15

Oh, yes, this isn't a shagging list.

I think the idea of a private delivery of, maybe, erm this after they have all gone home would be the answer.

edam Sat 02-Feb-13 11:12:49

I'd have Eddie Mair from Radio 4 and Newsnight - bet he can tell a few good stories and he's v funny on PM. And Sarah Millican.

kimorama Sat 02-Feb-13 11:58:37

Barlow seems to know a lot about pop music; but not much else.

middleagedspread Sat 02-Feb-13 11:59:47

I always think Liza Tarbuck would be a great guest.
Nigella can cook, Daniel Craig on my left, next to Sarah Millican. Other guests not RSVPd yet.

kimorama Sat 02-Feb-13 12:01:16

Yes Edam, Millican is very funny. And Eddie mair should get a regular slot on Newsnight

Maryz Sat 02-Feb-13 12:05:28

Oh, God no, not Nigella please.

Well, I suppose she can cook, but don't let her talk.

HullyDragon Sat 02-Feb-13 12:12:43

You need 6 chairs sorry. As 5 have to leave and you get to keep one in the spare room for breakfast.

KurriKurri Sat 02-Feb-13 12:14:07

Definitely not Nigella (goes totally autocratic over chicaguapa's fantasy dinner party) Millican - maybe I don't mind her.

But the problem of the chairs still remains, Gary is no problem - he's playing the piano, with a plate of Iceland Prawn Crowns and a beer mug for tips.

If Sarah Millican comes, would she share with Clare Balding, or sit on Eddie's lap perhaps?
It's complicated and I'm worried that Stephen might have to be sacrificed for the greater good, because I think Desmond Tutu is must have guest. Have you got any bean bags OP?

YorkshireDeb Sat 02-Feb-13 12:14:52

maryz - good call! Taylor lautner is yummy. I'm potentially too old to think that out loud though! X

iwouldgoouttonight Sat 02-Feb-13 12:18:22

Stephen Fry always used to be in my dinner party list but I've gone off him after overdosing on QI. I think is prefer Alan Davies now. And Graham Norton definitely, and Mel Geidroyd. Not sure whether to invite her and Sue Perkins or whether they would have in jokes, might be better to invite people who don't know each other (so I don't feel left out).

Hugh Jackman is a good idea. He seems really funny and nice and could be sent to my room afterwards

KurriKurri Sat 02-Feb-13 12:20:42

Alan Davies could be there just so I could run my fingers through his hair <forgets she's not invited>

FellatioNels0n Sat 02-Feb-13 12:26:05

Alan Davies is not free that night. He will be handcuffed to my bed.

KurriKurri Sat 02-Feb-13 12:27:57

You can have the rest of him Fellatio - I just want his hair.

TeamEdward Sat 02-Feb-13 13:15:01

Oh damn, I forgot David Tennant!
<nips down to DFS to buy an extending dinner table and 8 chairs>

MardyBraWouldDoEddieANDHully Sat 02-Feb-13 14:29:56

Not Nigella. DH would insist on coming and simper over her suggestively licking her chops.. If he wants a buxom brunette he can have me.

Do you think Dawn still tucks into the cake?

chicaguapa Sat 02-Feb-13 21:50:13

Stephen Fry always used to be in my dinner party list but I've gone off him after overdosing on QI

That's my problem too. I also agree that he might have poor table manners and that would ruin my party. In two minds about Gary now I've been reminded he's a Tory. angry

<Now has a spare chair so worse off than at the beginning>

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