Thursday, July 27, 2006

Shirley on BBC AMERICA

Mr Ghostman can be seen NOW on BBC America as part of The Underground:

see BBC

Thu, Jul 27, 2006
11:30 pm

High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman In each episode, comedian Marc
Wootton fools unsuspecting studio audiences and people on
the street under his camp alias, Shirley Ghostman.
Shirley is a self-proclaimed celebrity medium with a talent for
channeling people who are dead famous.
Ser. 1, Ep. 5

Thu, Aug 3, 2006
11:30 pm
Ser. 1, Ep. 6

Thu, Aug 10, 2006
11:30 pm
Ser. 1, Ep. 1

Sun, Sep 17, 2006

5:00 am
Ser. 1, Ep. 1

5:30 am
Ser. 1, Ep. 2

Mon, Sep 18, 2006

5:00 am
Ser.1, Ep. 3

5:30 am

Ser.1, Ep. 4


Tuesday, July 25, 2006


This months Maxim (September Edition) has a four page interview and photo shoot with Shirley Ghostman and a bloke called Marc Wootton. It also contains dancing girls, for those who like dancing girls. There is a boob or two as well. Pairs of Boobs.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Fan Feedback


Marc Wootton is a genius, plain and simple. High Spirits has got to be one of the best executed dark comedies I've seen since "Strangers with Candy" with Amy Sedaris. In a time when British comedy has become so ridiculously "wacky" and Americanized, we get a helping of High Spirits just in time. This is right up there with A League of Gentlemen, The Office and Little Britain. Thankfully, it made it to BBC America where we had a chance to enjoy this brilliant show this past spring. My favorite episode is where he had to banish Sheba and had difficulty doing proper readings for the audience and got increasingly upset with the audience for laughing at him. Brilliant stuff. And the channeling of Adam, "Hello, I'm Adam from Adam and Eve". And the Wendy Grossman interview really topped it off for me. She was exactly the right person for Shirley to antagonize. "You do look a bit wacked out".Since watching High Spirits I've bought the DVD and finally got to see My New Best Friend. I've watched the entire series several times already. It's absolutely brilliant. My favorite episode is Michael Jacobs and his "new best friend" Wicky. One of the best bits is when Michael is trying to sleep and Wicky is telling him this ridiculous story and Michael has to keep making choices about where the story will go next. I'm surprised he didn't finally punch Wicky.Also, just bought Cyderdelic and can't wait to watch the series. Can't wait to see what Marc has coming up next for us. I really hope he takes off here in America as his comedy needs to be seen by everyone. Simply brilliant.


Mo Abersheid.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

INTERVIEW - June 2006

60 SECONDS: Marc Wootton by Andrew Williams - Metro -Thursday, June 29, 2006.

Comedian Marc Wootton is better known as spoof psychic Shirley Ghostman. Shirley's bogus readings proved a hit on BBC3 and are now available on DVD along with a disc of My New Best Friend, Wootton's hidden-camera show in which contestants had to do exactly what Wootton's horrific comic alter egos told them for 48 hours to win a £10,000 prize.

What inspired you to create Shirley Ghostman?

A close friend lost someone dear and I went to see a psychic with them. Shirley came as a result of me witnessing what was going on. When you’re not the focus of the psychic’s attention, it’s very easy to see the truth of what they’re up to and it really got my back up. I became quite angry and couldn’t believe these charlatans go round ripping people off. I went to see a couple of the more famous psychics do their live performances. You have to admire their showmanship but it’s not fair to prey on people.

Some people have a hard time working out Shirley’s gender.
Why did you call him Shirley?

Any boy called Shirley must have been picked on at school and we wanted to give the character an unfortunate backstory because a lot of the celebrity psychics have had pretty depressing upbringings. That’s why they reinvent themselves as someone special who can see dead people. I find that so arrogant. Tess Daly told me about a psychic she saw, so I went along to see them, just to try to find out if they were for real. When I got home and made a transcript of the reading, I realised I had given them all the answers.

To read the interview in full, click HERE

Further METRO interviews with Marc click HERE

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Shirley V's Sceptics - "I Just Know Things..."

I've linked to these articles on the blog as the author Wendy Grossman, and Nick Pullar and Chris French all feature in the newly released HIGH SPIRITS WITH SHIRLEY GHOSTMAN DVD (3 July 2006).

"...Ooh...telegram for little Miss-Know-It-All on the Front desk"

Sceptics 48, Marc Wootton 0, net.wars
By Wendy Grossman Friday 17 December 2004.

ON TUESDAY afternoon, four sceptics went along, one at a time, to a lab at University College London, where we were each filmed talking to and testing an extremely bizarre psychic. On Tuesday evening, I blogged the details at vast length.
On Thursday afternoon, I phoned the production assistant we had been dealing with and said, "So. This filming we participated in on Tuesday. Was it for the Marc Wootton Project?"
"How did you figure it out? You didn't use psychic means?"
I feel we lived up to our billing as good sceptics.
The four sceptics were: me, in my other life role as founder and former editor of the UK magazine The Skeptic; Chris French, an increasingly distinguished professor and head of the head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College; Nick Pullar, who runs the popular and successful Skeptics in the pub series; and Paul Taylor. The ivory-suited psychic we met was the most hostile psychic I've ever met, and suggested the most unsavoury hidden secrets. I, as well as Nick and Paul, did a test, in which he had to reproduce exactly five facts about ourselves that we had written down, and reproduce a drawing we'd made. These were supposed to be preliminary tests, with a view to doing something more comprehensive early next year.
Our psychic's guesses were wildly off-base, a problem he tried to cover by coming up with even wilder interpretations to link what we'd written to what he'd written. I'd written: "I have two old tennis balls in my dryer." After confusing dryer with drawer – even psychics have trouble with my handwriting – he explained that the connection to what he'd written, "JESUS", was that there was also a picture of Jesus inside my dryer.
"How do you know," a recent house guest said, "that I didn't draw a picture of Jesus on one of those tennis balls, hmm?"

to read the article in full see: HERE

Also click HERE to read Nick Pullar's article Shirley Ghostman and Me.

Link to YouTube Video Clips

For clips of Shirley Ghostman, Cyderdelic, My New Best Friend, La La Land on YouTube visit:

Thursday, July 06, 2006


I am Shanga, the little monkey man what's at the top and this is the first post on the Fooling nobody blog spot. Exciting eh? During the coming months watch this space for information on Marc Wootton. This is the place you will find out about his new programmes, live shows and forthcoming apperances in other peoples bits and bobs. There is a live show planned for the end of August at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. More details to follow...