‘Conspiracy Road Trip’ Presenter: ‘I Was There To Debunk It For The BBC’

According to UK Comedy website Chortle, comedian Andrew Maxwell, has doled out a some surprising revelations regarding his controversial BBC TV show “Conspiracy Road Trip”. He was arrested at gun point while filming the “documentary” but claims his amazing stand up act saved him from serving time in a US prison. He and his team were detained at infamous “secret” US Military base, Area 51. Apparently Maxwell’s madcap routine about The Middleton Sisters which stopped him from being hilariously flung into a dingy holding cell:

The Irish comic and a documentary crew had snuck into the vast desert  installation, believed by ufologists to contain remains of a flying saucer that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, to shoot a BBC show.

But guards armed with machine guns swooped, and ordered the group of 12 to  lie face down on the floor for three hours while the FBI checked their credentials.

Maxwell claims that only the intervention of a Lincoln County deputy sheriff, who had seen his Live at the Apollo routine about  the Middleton sisters, prevented them from being thrown in a Nevada jail.

The group, containing four ufologists, had been  trying to communicate with  the aliens through dance.

‘It was all tongue-in-cheek’ Maxwell explains. ‘I’d convinced them that there  was no way we were actually going to see any aliens, so we were forming these  geometric shapes, getting so fucking giggly, so excited at being in Area  51.’

[My emphasis] full story at Chortle.co.uk

A number of curious quotes suggest the licence fee payer funded BBC’s usually high standards of journalism are being given a novel new twist in the programme:

‘We got to the barrier and I’m expecting some soldiers to come out and tell  us to “piss off”,’ Maxwell said. ‘We’ll have that on camera, job done, that’s enough for British TV.

‘Surveillance cameras zoned in on us but nobody comes out. Nothing happens.  We’re a bit deflated so I stick my hand under the barrier. Then I go into the  base. We’re there for about half an hour, dancing. No one comes out.

‘The one of our group knocks on the guard hut door and all hell breaks loose,  four soldiers rush out with M16s. ‘On the fucking floor! On the floor right  now!’ We spent three, maybe four hours like that. Passports taken, all the  footage and equipment.

The deputy had a sense of humour. It had been rung  through to him that I was an Irish comedian leading these UFO nutjobs, that I didn’t believe any of it and was there to debunk it for the BBC.

‘On the way, he’d seen my Live At The Apollo clip and found my Middleton  routine funny. The sheriff was a hardarse who wanted to throw us in prison. But  in the end we just got a $650 (£375) citation fine each.’

[My emphasis] Full story at Chortle.co.uk

One wonders if the participants were aware of Maxwell’s understanding of his editorial mission. It’s worth noting there are a number of guidelines (BBC Internal and OFCOM) to protect people from being invited onto UK TV shows under a false premise, particularly if it is for the purposes of entertainment.

Fortunately for people interested in the subject of UFOs it appears ufologist, Darren Perks, used the opportunity to conduct some slightly more orthodox news gathering and journalism. His fascinating and exhaustively detailed account is reprinted in The Daily Mail:

‘We went to Area 51 in Nevada firstly [...]

‘We drove to the nearby township of  Rachel  which is the closet public residency to Area 51 base and drove  down a dirt road  to the ‘Back Gate’ of Area 51 officially known as ‘Rachel Gate NT TR Boundary  North’.

‘We stopped the tour bus approx 50 metres  from the restricted area barriers and started to film.

‘There was no one around, no guards, no  vehicles – nothing.

‘We filmed for approximately 30 minutes and  tried to call the guards but there was no one there and no sign of  them.

‘So we all decided to walk past the  barriers  onto the restricted area past the security huts and basically  onto Area 51.  Nothing happened….’

[...]

‘We filmed again for another 30  minutes and even messed around doing a silly dance, but still no  guards.

‘Then one of the other stars of the trip pointed out that on looking through one of the security hut windows, she could  see the guards all sitting  down eating dinner and watching the basketball game  on TV. They did  nothing.

‘So after a few  more minutes and a few more  picture taking and filming, one of the crew  decided to speak to the guards and  knocked on their hut door. All hell  broke loose.’

‘The guards rushed out with their weapons and  forced us all to lay face down at gunpoint in the tarmac.

‘We were all searched, had our phones,  wallets and IDs taken and the film equipment taken. This was at approx  6:15pm.

‘For three hours we lay face down until the Lincoln County Sheriffs arrived on scene.

‘Things then eased off a bit and we were all  then taken one by one off the restricted area to the sheriffs who issued us with  a ticket and grilled us about what we were doing. We all got fined £375  each.

‘We were told that this incident was so  serious that Washington had to call London to advise that 12 ‘Brits’ had just  breached security at America’s most top-secret military base and that we all were at one point going to jail for six months.

‘Luckily whoever it was in Washington was  kind enough to just fine us.’

[...]

‘As time went on into  the  evening at approximately 11pm we were allowed to stand around together while  things were signed off to let us go.

‘At this point I managed to talk to  the  guards a bit and one told me how they could ‘make you disappear and  your body  will never be found’.

[...]

‘He also pointed out that an Apache  attack  helicopter had been scrambled and had been monitoring us from two miles away and  that over 20 military guards had driven up from the  actual base to deal with  the incident. There were quite a few of them  there with guns!

‘One guard I quizzed let slip that  there are  sensors in the ground that can detect approaching vehicles and walkers up in the  nearby mountains, so they know if people are getting  too close as they cannot  put fences up because the area is so big.

[...]

‘It was probably the most messed-up day of my  life so far – but I don’t regret it at all.’

[My emphasis] A fuller version of Darren’s story is reprinted in The Daily Mail here.

“Conspiracy Road Trip”, has already attracted criticism in the UK. It’s hard to fathom why a comedian has been picked to do a job that might be more suited to a journalist, or at least someone able to take the subject seriously. An earlier programme in the series was marred by criticism which described it as being in “bad taste“. The jovial comedian that week turned his talents to the UK’s tragic terror attacks of 2005.

However, Maxwell’s abilities allegedly extend beyond just vacuous self promotion and bragging about how hilarious he is. Chortle.co.uk quotes him as revealing that:

All UFO encounters come down to first person testimony which is worthless in court, and grainy footage.”.

Presumably this assertion comes after looking into the phenomena in a responsible, honest and impartial manner. Disinfo can’t even begin to estimate how many lifetimes worth of research it must have taken him to verify such a claim.

Unbelievably the fame-hungry joke teller’s other assertion, that it was his amazing comedy which saved the day, is strangely nowhere to be found in Mr Perks’ extensive and detailed report to The Daily Mail. Ironically all we have currently to support that version of events is Maxwell’s own, “first person testimony”.

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    let me take this opportunity to be the first to say… WTF?!

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    let me take this opportunity to be the first to say… WTF?!

  • Nunzio X

    We’d like to welcome you to Amerika.

    Please make yourself comfortable, face down on the floor for several hours.

    And have you seen our lovely resort, Guantanamo? Please put this hood on your head and come with us. Enjoy your stay.

  • Nunzio X

    We’d like to welcome you to Amerika.

    Please make yourself comfortable, face down on the floor for several hours.

    And have you seen our lovely resort, Guantanamo? Please put this hood on your head and come with us. Enjoy your stay.

  • BrianApocalypse

    It’s not really surprising they got treated like that after breaking in to a top secret military base. I’m sure the fact they were filming for the BBC counted for a lot as far as their credibility was concerned. That, and the fact they were there to debunk the Area 51 stories. If it was a more independent operation then they might have got a lot harsher punishment.

    I’m pretty sure the participants DID realise they were involved with a debunking show, that’s the whole point of it. Most people who have signed up to be in the ‘Conspiracy Road Trip’ series have done so with the intention of proving their opinions correct in a public forum, sure in the knowledge that they knew enough about the subject to successfully combat the attempts at debunking.

  • BrianApocalypse

    It’s not really surprising they got treated like that after breaking in to a top secret military base. I’m sure the fact they were filming for the BBC counted for a lot as far as their credibility was concerned. That, and the fact they were there to debunk the Area 51 stories. If it was a more independent operation then they might have got a lot harsher punishment.

    I’m pretty sure the participants DID realise they were involved with a debunking show, that’s the whole point of it. Most people who have signed up to be in the ‘Conspiracy Road Trip’ series have done so with the intention of proving their opinions correct in a public forum, sure in the knowledge that they knew enough about the subject to successfully combat the attempts at debunking.

  • BrianApocalypse

    It’s not really surprising they got treated like that after breaking in to a top secret military base. I’m sure the fact they were filming for the BBC counted for a lot as far as their credibility was concerned. That, and the fact they were there to debunk the Area 51 stories. If it was a more independent operation then they might have got a lot harsher punishment.

    I’m pretty sure the participants DID realise they were involved with a debunking show, that’s the whole point of it. Most people who have signed up to be in the ‘Conspiracy Road Trip’ series have done so with the intention of proving their opinions correct in a public forum, sure in the knowledge that they knew enough about the subject to successfully combat the attempts at debunking.

  • alizardx

    Maxwell and the BBC can hope that nobody involved in the Area 51 video decides they’ve been defamed, given that the UK is the world’s easiest place to file libel lawsuits in.

  • alizardx

    Maxwell and the BBC can hope that nobody involved in the Area 51 video decides they’ve been defamed, given that the UK is the world’s easiest place to file libel lawsuits in.

  • SHANE

    I worked at the Ramada in Vegas which was where these guys stayed and did alot of their filming. They were pretty funny and laid back but a few were obnoxious and most were young mid 20’s. I thought the story was funny when they told it to me..even though seriousl lack of judgement..it was fun to talk to them

  • http://twitter.com/DarrenPerksUFO Darren Perks

    It’s a shame I was the only one to tell exactly what happened though….

  • Le Cochon Bleu

    That show is despicable though. It’s funny, I’ve never seen anyone with more of what would be called an Illuminati attitude, with such a closed and hostile and aggressive mind, than someone supposed to be seriously considering conspiracy theories: Andrew Maxwell. The TV was the most unintelligent, dumbed down TV I think I’ve ever watched. Watching him alone can kill so many brain cells forever. SO many. Then there are the after effects, it’s hard to shake that dumb man off.

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