Every now and then you see something weird in a place it doesn’t belong and think “how did that get there?”. If you are going to Wickerman festival this year one of these things will be a bar. No normal bar. This bar is housed inside a massive model of Jimmy Carrs head. Now first off you are thinking “Nah, its just something someone has made and it looks like Jimmy Carr”. No, you are wrong, it IS Jimmy Carr.
Ok, so the origins of this thing. In 2011 Walkers Crisps had a competition between The Pub Land Lord All Murray, National Treasure Steven Fry, Gary “Big Ears” Linker and Soon-to-be Tax dodging comedian Jimmy Carr. Each were to make a type of crisps and you would buy them and when you did Comic Relief got a tenth of a penny or something like that. So as part of the advertising for this Walker commissioned a massive copy of Jimmy Carrs head. This coming complete with a door in the back and a moving mouth. All in all costing £70,000 (hopefully paid by Walkers and no Comic Relief). Here it is in action.
Really wants to make me eat crisps……..or punch comedians. Anyway, “what happened next?” you ask. Well after this memorable advertising campaign it was bought by a salvage yard looking to make a quick buck out of its novelty appeal. After advertising for a year for the bargain price of £18,000 no one wanted it. Even putting it on eBay it didn’t hit revised reserves of 2 grand. So it sat for a year until the good people at Wickerman decided to buy it and turn the gaping hole of Jimmy Carrs massive mouth into a novelty bar at their festival.
God speed Giant Jimmy head, God speed.
Till next time,