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Bill Bailey

"I am Bill Bailey and I am from the West Country"

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Who Is Bill Bailey?

Mark "Bill" Bailey was born in Bath, Somerset, and is an English comedian, actor, and musician known for appearing on TV shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, Have I Got News For You, and Black Books as well as his stand up comedy. He is a self proclaimed "confused hippy" known for his thin goatee and long hair and a lifelong Wurzels fan. He was listed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, in 2003.

Bill occasionally references The Wurzels in his routines. In his Bewilderness show he mentions knowing them 'when they were a German techno band, Die Würtzels - and then they sold out, went all oo-arr country', as well as performing a pastiche of Combine Harvester in the style of Chris de Burgh. In an appearance on BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Bailey stood and saluted a playing of the intro to Combine Harvester. That is enough to get him a mention here!

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Bill Bailey Discography

CD singles | CD Albums | DVDs | TV and Film

CD Singles    
 

Das Hokey Kokey

Das Hokey Kokey ‘Radio Edit’ / Das Hokey Kokey ‘Original Version’ / Das Hokey Kokey ‘Vocoder Mix’

August 2006
CD Albums    
 

Bewilderness (2000)

This album is a mix of songs and spoken routines with some banter between, and was recorded in one 24 hour session at Sanctuary Studios. Not to be confused with the Bewilderness tour CD and DVD.

 
 

The Best Of...Bill Bailey

This album was just sold at gigs; a mix of songs and spoken routines with some banter between.

 

Bill Bailey - The Ultimate Collection...Ever!

Insect Nation / Gwydion & The Druid - Chapter 1 / Richard Clayderman Plays Three Blind Mice / Unisex Chip Shop (Tribute To Billy Bragg) / Scooby Doo / Sirens / Jean-Michel Jarre / Hats Off To The Zebras / Phillip Glass Plays Pop Goes The Weasel / Foxhunting / Tom Waits Plays Three Blind Mice / Leg Of Time / Classical Cockney / Chaucer Pubbe Gagge / Medieval Porn / Gwydion & The Druid - Chapter 2 / Dr. Qui / Cockney Medley / Beautiful Ladies (In Honour Of Chris De Burgh) / Gwydion & The Druid - Chapter 47 / Drum 'N' Bush

This album combines the 'Bewilderness (2000)' and 'The Best Of...Bill Bailey' CDs.

 

Part Troll

Recorded live in front of a sell-out crowd at The Hammersmith Apollo in June 2004.

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27th September 2004
 

Cosmic Jam

This is the audio version of Bill's debut live stand up show - Cosmic Jam, filmed at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London away back in 1996.

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13th November 2006
 

Bewilderness

This is the audio version of the Live ‘Bewilderness’ DVD. This was recorded at The Grand Theatre, Swansea.

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13th November 2006
DVDs    

Universal Pictures UK

Bewilderness - Live [2001]

The DVD of the ‘Bewilderness’ show recorded at The Grand Theatre, Swansea.

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12th November 2001

Universal Pictures UK

Part Troll Live

The show was recorded live in front of a sell-out crowd at The Hammersmith Apollo in June 2004.

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22nd November 2004

Universal Pictures UK

Cosmic Jam / Bewilderness

Bill’s debut live stand up show - Cosmic Jam, filmed at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London in 1996. Bonus DVD is the full length 'Directors Cut' of the hit show Bewilderness.

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7th November 2005

Universal Pictures UK

Classic Collection Box Set

Together at last, all three of Bills live DVD recordings in one magnificent boxed set! Contains Cosmic Jam, Bewilderness - The Directors Cut and 'Part-Troll plus all original extras.

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27th November 2006

Universal Pictures UK

Tinselworm [2008]

Acclaimed comedian and musician Bill Bailey performs one of his hilarious stand-up routines at Wembley Arena.

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10th November 2008

Universal Pictures UK

Bill Bailey - The Collector's Edition [2008]

Cosmic Jam + Bewilderness + Part Troll + Tinselworm = The Collectors Edition box set! What an equation! Yes folks, this veritable Billalogue is out now and will provide you with twelve years of Bill Bailey in the one box set.

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10th November 2008

Universal Pictures UK

Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra [2009]

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23rd November 2009
Books    

audiobooksonline.co.uk

Bill Bailey - The Ultimate Collection...Ever! audiobook

Insect Nation / Gwydion & The Druid - Chapter 1 / Richard Clayderman Plays Three Blind Mice / Unisex Chip Shop (Tribute To Billy Bragg) / Scooby Doo / Sirens / Jean-Michel Jarre / Hats Off To The Zebras / Phillip Glass Plays Pop Goes The Weasel / Foxhunting / Tom Waits Plays Three Blind Mice / Leg Of Time / Classical Cockney / Chaucer Pubbe Gagge / Medieval Porn / Gwydion & The Druid - Chapter 2 / Dr. Qui / Cockney Medley / Beautiful Ladies (In Honour Of Chris De Burgh) / Gwydion & The Druid - Chapter 47 / Drum 'N' Bush

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1st July 2007

The Many Moods of Bill Bailey

"Well you asked for it...The Many Moods of Bill Bailey is the song book that you've been requesting for years, and collects nine of Bill's most popular songs from the period of 1995-2005 with accompanying piano music, guitar tabs and lyrics. This collection also features introductions from Bill which gives us background to their creation, and an array of photographs and archive posters. The cover art, a 60s pastiche designed by Joe Magee, is also particularly resplendent, making this far more special than your average songbook, and a real collector's item. But the real attraction of owning this book is the knowledge that you will finally be able to recreate Bill's music in your own home. With music for piano and guitar, and complete lyrics, you have everything you need to bring these songs to life in the comfort of whichever venue you choose to play them."

26th October 2007

TV and Film Discography

Rather than try maintain a timeline of Bill's complete, extensive and ever-increasing number of TV and film roles, readers are advised to check the excellent Internet Movie Database's page of Bill Bailey (IV). Here are a list of those appearances which have been commercially released.

TV Shows    

Channel 4 DVD

Black Books: Series 1 [2000]

Black Books: Series 1 follows the adventures of bookshop owner Bernard (Dylan Moran), his assistant Manny (Bill Bailey) and Fran (Tamsin Greig), who works in a new age shop next door. In this entertaining and surreal comedy, Moran and Bailey make a great double act--they deliver the tightly written script (by Moran and "Father Ted" co-writer Graham Linehan) with consummate ease, while Fran does an admirable job of diffusing the tensions that arise between Bernard and Manny. The Black Books: Series 1 contains all the episodes from the first series: “Cooking The Books”, “Manny’s First Day”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, “The Blackout”, “The Big Lock-Out” and “He’s Leaving Home”.

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19th June 2006

Channel 4 DVD

Black Books: Series 2 [2002]

Black Books: Series 2 continues to follow the lives of bookshop owner Bernard (Dylan Moran), his assistant Manny (Bill Bailey) and Fran (Tamsin Greig), who works in a new age shop next door. The Black Books: Series 2 DVD contains all the episodes from the second series: "The Entertainer", "Fever", "The Fixer", "Blood", "Hello Sun" and "A Nice Change".

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19th June 2006

Channel 4 DVD

Black Books: Series 3 [2002]

Black Books: Series 3 continues to provide lots of laughs and entertainment from the surreal comedy series which follows the lives of the "Black Books" store workers, Bernard and Manny, and their friend next door, Fran. The hilarious trio does all it can to keep the outside world outside of the bookshop--even to the point where they don't care if they sell a single book. Their unbelievable stupidity means that life is never simple. Episodes in this series include: "Manny Come Home", "Elephants and Hens", "Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa", "A Little Flutter", "Travel Writer" and "Party".

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19th June 2006
Films    

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Saving Grace [2000]

Saving Grace is genuinely funny British comedy about Grace, a recently widowed woman who risks losing her wonderful estate and beautiful garden because of the huge debts her husband left when he died. To cure her financial ailments, she uses her horticultural talent to raise - and then sell - marijuana plants. Bill plays Vince, a drug-dealing Dungeons & Dragons playing hippie.

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14th January 2002

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