Jason Manford & Peter Kay tours
British Comedy Awards
QUIPSTER Frankie Boyle quits!
New Red Dwarf series? “Comedy is dying”
Jimmy Carr in trouble again
Tour Guide Issue #1 Jan ‘10
3 new venues jump on comedy club bandwagon
By Jade Kinsey
Nos Da Studio Hostel, The North Star Pub and O’neil’s Pub have all started to accommodate comedy open mic nights and gigs. In what used to be ‘Tafod’ Nightclub, Nos Da Studio Hostel has decided to introduce a monthly Monday night open mic comedy gig. The event will be hosted by Johnny Disco and Scott Fitzgerald. A ‘rising star’ of the stand-up scene, Fitgerald has taken previous shows to the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, while Disco has taken to the stage at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Cardiff Comedy Festival and the Green Man Festival twice! Wales’ only 5 star Hostel, which also doubles as a budget hotel for backpackers, underwent a massive £1 million refurbishment earleir this year. This coupled with the closure of Cardiff’s comedy venue ‘Jongleurs’ opens up the market for a new club for comedy fanatics and amateurs. Situated in the shadow of the mighty Millennium
The microphone can be both friend and foe to a comedian, only the audience decide Stadium, Nos Da will be one of the homes of the Cardiff comedy scene by January 2010. Also involved with The North Star Pub, funny man Scott Fitgerald organises the ‘open spots’
for the converted Victorian pub. The stand-up is hosted by ‘The Plastic Seat Company’ a sketch group who made thier debut in comedy at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
O’neill’s promises to bring you fantastic headliners from all over Wales as well as great up and coming talent from the likes of Matt Price to Lloyd Langford.
Over £8,000 raised for The Well Foundation
A charity night, held by The Well Foundation, as part of a project to raise £20,000 to build wells in Malawi, Africa took place in Cardiff’s National Museum.
The Malawi project of building five wells is now underway. Special thanks were given to comedians Jeff Mirza and and Hyde Panaasar. The charity night also saw auctions including a boxing glove signed by Joe Calzaghi, a football boot signed by Brazil’s
Kaka, two football club shirts signed by Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney as well as a cricket top signed by ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi. The Well Foundation said, “Although, the comedy and auction night was a phenomenal success, we raised wll over £8,000 on the night, helping us reach our goal of building five wells in Malawi, we still need your help to raise even more money so that we can continue in our mission of bringing clean and safe drinking water to the people who need it most.”
Comic dance duo arrive in Cardiff
Dance and comedy seems an unusual combination, but the idea came naturally to Pete Shenton and Tom Roden, who now form ‘New Art Club’.
They were both already involved in contemporary dance, and it was when
working together on a serious dance piece that the idea came about. “We were always taking the piss out of each other, and that was better than the stuff we were actually making for the shows,” says Pete. The latest show is Extra Ordinary World,
which focuses on trying to create a dance craze. “Contemporary dance is a weird enclave that doesn’t make much of an impact on the wider world,” says Pete. “We’re going to try and make some dances that people can do on the dancefloor.”
Red Dwarf to make another comeback Picture: Google
A new series of Red Dwarf is on the cards, its star Robert Llewellyn has confirmed, as reported by Chortle. Llewellyn, who play the robot Kryten in the series said the announcement of the new series was made at the Dimension Jump fan convention in Birmingham. The show’s writer Doug Naylor has been commissioned to produce scripts for a ‘potential’ new series for TV channel Dave. Llewellyn later added, “There’s still a long way to go before it’s all official.” The series follows the success of the two-part Back to Earth special
From left: Kryten, Kat, Dave, Rimmer & Holly on top. Red Dwarf’s super computer
By Jade Kinsey
Recent BBC reports indicate that the comedy genius Kenneth Williams has been honoured. Starring in many Carry On films and being one of the largest faces of comedy through the years, although not literally, Kenneth Williams warmed the hearts of many. The englishman was honoured with a blue
plaque mounted at the site of his father’s old barber shop in central London’s Bloomsbury district. Leslie Phillips, a fellow actor of Williams and perhaps better known today for the voice of the ‘Sorting Hat’ from the Harry Potter films, along with Bill Pertwee were there to unveil the plaque. The Big and Small Screen said, “He was a complex individual in his
personal life and diaries published some years ago revealed something of a ‘tears of a clown’ syndrome as Williams appeared to be often battling intense personal issues.” The BBC said ‘more than 800 plaques have been put on London buildings by the Heritage Foundation to honour public figures.’
In memory of a comic genius
episodes for Dave – a whole ten years after the eighth series finished. The one-off episodes attracted over three million viewers, yet recieved very little critique. Despite announcing a new series at a fan convention, Stuart Snaith, head of DVD firm 2 Entertain, first made the comeback clear at the Broadcast TV Comedy Forum, saying the show had been ‘recommissioned as a series next year’. He later added that, ‘There is no confirmed new series of Red Dwarf, just some talk of the possibility.’ Llewellyn confirmed the news on his Twitter page saying, “to clarify scripts have been commissioned, won’t be filming til 2010.”
Frankie’s lost the plot Frankie Boyle on series 5 of ‘Mock the Week’ years before quitting
According to press reports from chortle.co.uk and The Mirror, Frankie Boyle quitting Mock The Week will ‘inevitably’ change the tone of the show, admits Hugh Dennis, one of the show’s regulars. The eighth series of the satirical quiz show will continue without Boyle who is now working on his own stand-up show on Channel 4. In an interview with Metro today, Dara O Briain, the show’s host said, ‘They’ll probably just have rotating guests,’ rather than look for a replacement for the dark comedian. He added, ‘And probably have them in different chairs to sidestep the comparison. ‘It would be unfair on any new act coming in to put them in Frankie’s chair, because people will assume they’re replacing him.’ Dennis said it would ‘take a bit of adjustment,’ to work with out
A repeat of Bo’Selecta!’s Michael Jackson special on Channel 4 has reportedly been axed for fear of causing upset to the late superstar’s family. Leigh Francis’s Cha’mone Mo’ Fo’ Selecta! had been due to air this Friday, but it has been dropped from the schedules. According to The Sun it was taken off air because Channel 4 want the Jackson family to support them in a court battle with Michael’s old bodyguard Matt Fiddes, who is suing for libel over last year’s documentary The Jacksons Are Coming. A source told the paper: ‘It aired on E4 but the family don’t know it is part of the same group’ – although they probably do now. In an interview last week, Francis said: ‘It was supposed to go onto Channel 4 after E4 and then some legal things happened but, hopefully, it’ll end up on Channel 4. ‘I don’t know if it’ll still go on Channel 4 or not but I’m not too fussed because it’s on DVD and I’ve got a copy of it.’ A Channel 4 spokesman said: ‘The show went out on E4 and is now available on DVD. It is not scheduled for repeat at this time.’
Sir Ian McKellen protesting for gay rights, without looking ‘camp’
McKellan slams Little Britain’s ‘gay’ characters
Boyle, adding: ‘It will inevitably change the show. ‘It’s a shame he’s gone. But you’ve got six other standups there. If you can’t make a half-decent show with that, then you’re in trouble.’ At the Comedy School’s Funny Festival yesterday, guest speaker Hugh Dennis criticised the show for being testosterone-driven. ‘It is more difficult for women,’ Boyle said. ‘Female comedy is often not as aggressive and show-offy – and that’s what you need for the show.’ Boyle added that he was ‘bored’ of the quiz show and denies allegations of being continuously told-off for rude jokes about Rebecca Addlington and The Queen. He says there was nothing wrong with the jokes. Boyle also has an autobiography coming out entitled ‘My Sh*t Life So Far’ which should be out in time for christmas. Sir Ian McKellen has reportedly slammed Little Britain for fuelling gay prejudices. The 70-year old Lord Of The Rings actor says characters such as Matt Lucas’s ‘only gay in the village’ Dafydd Thomas promote a camp, stereotypical image and generalization of homosexuality. He said: ‘I have to confess that I am a little disquieted at times by the way that gays are portrayed, particularly on television. ‘The idea of camp can be misleading. Something like Little Britain is not particularly helpful. I know Matt Lucas will say that he is gay and it is not offensive but I don’t think it gets the right message across. If you are gay you don’t have to be camp.’ He added that it was quite upsetting that the term ‘gay’ has become abusive, ‘This is something which education can help to resolve. Either that or we choose another word to describe ourselves. I rather like another G word – glorious.”’ Despite McKellen’s recent comments, he and Lucas are still friends. The Shakespearean actor went to watch and support Lucas on the opening night of his debut performance in the West End production, Prick Up Your Ears. The pair later posed for pictures together to show there was no hard feelings between them and that it was just a viewpoint.
“Comedy is dying” Comedians are told to become ‘more challenging’
Stand-up comedy ‘is in danger of becoming a dead art form’ says chortle.co.uk. Comedians are taking less risks in their material warns one of the founding fathers of alternative comedy. Roland Muldoon, the former head of the Hackney Empire, says stand-up comedians are stuck in a rut because they all talk about the same topics.
Politically inspired comedy At the School of Comedy’s Funny Festival in Regents Park, London, the man who founded the New Variety project to promote politicaly inspired comedy in 1981 gave a passionate speech that urged new comics to challenge the norm or comedy would return to the ‘bad old days’ of the working men’s club circuit during the 1970’s. He said that when alternative comedy emerged in the early Eighties ‘there was an
interesting debate, and comedy was bubbling away – it was really dynamic’.
‘What happens now?’ ‘What happens now?’ he asked at today’s event. ‘Oh dear. I’ve just seen 100 comics and I think they had 12 jokes: paedophilia, rape, ginger hair, small penises, paranoia at ATMs. Observational comedy is taking over, it’s all Michael McIntyre and people aren’t saying anything any more, and it’s really frightening.
A comedy phobia ‘There’s so much xenophobia and Islamophobia – where are the people getting great laughs from that? Why don’t we laugh at Gordon Brown? Of those 100 comics only two made jokes about the BNP. ‘Instead we’re worrying about rimming.
I’ve heard five jokes about that. I’m not sure what it is , and I would ask these young comics from Oxbridge what it is, but I’m not sure they know either.
Back in time ‘Are we going back to the bad old days? There’s a growing lack of consciousness. A feeling that you should say nothing. That’s really worrying. It’s so frightening, so frustrating. ‘What are comics scared of? There’s no jobs for comics any more – it’s difficult for anyone but the big names to get an audience. There’s no future for comedy. ‘But if we start challenging the system we might revive it. Otherwise comedy might end up dead like folk music, and that would be so sad.’
Jimmy Carr Page 10
By Jade Kinsey
The battle over ‘that’ amputee joke
IT’S NO SURPRISE that stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr didn’t include the Afghanistan war amputee joke in his set of Rapier Wit to the Cardiff crowd that caused such a fuss when he told it to a 2,500 strong Manchester audience. Just in case you didn’t hear it the first time round, here’s another chance: “Say what you like about those servicemen amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re going to have a f**king good Paralympic team in 2012.” This is Jimmy Carr we’re talking about, so what did people expect? He’s not exactly known for his family orientated content. But other than laugh at a Jimmy Carr gig is ‘tut’. Like most comedians, Jimmy Carr got a lot of heckles, but he’s just about the only comic that offers the audience a chance to heckle him. His quick wit shocks us all and hecklers rarely go away unwounded. But you’ve got to admit, he is fast with his comebacks. You think you can beat him but he always gets the better of you, which is just one reason why he’s so enjoyable to watch. ith all this talk of comedians being repetitive and only talking about a handful of topics and using ‘objective comedy’ too much, it makes you wonder why people complain when a lone comic does take a chance on a ‘risky’ joke. Jimmy Carr could be described as a risk taker, but it’s commonly
his fans during the interval and after the show for autographs and pictures. He makes performing for nearly two hours look easy, and I’m sure he would make a joke about that comment. is style is not unlike that of Frankie Boyle, after all, they’ve done enough panel shows together. Jimmy Carr is not alone is his quest to shock and dismay, he is joined by Frankie Boyle who has also been scape-goated and as a result quit BBC’s current affairs quiz show ‘Mock the Week’. There won’t be much risk of comedy returning to the ways of the 1970’s with these two quipsters around. Carr, a former marketing expert for ‘Shell’ is renowned for his dark humour, satire and the so-called dead-pan delivery that his fans love so much. Througout his career of acting, presenting and hosting in
known that he doesn’t think the jokes he tells are too risky, if he did he’d be out of a job. He can’t seem to win, on one hand he’s got people telling him to stop being so conventional and on the other, when he does take a chance, he gets splashed all over the news as the scape-goat for all things intrepid in the current comedy climate. Having met the mastermind of ‘jokes you don’t think you should find funny’, he’s surprisingly quite a nice guy. He meets
entertainment shows Carr has continued in his comic style as has Frankie Boyle. Both comics have been slated in the press for, shall we say unsavoury jokes, but people find them funny and if we can’t look at the funny side of things once in a while then there would be headlines everywhere saying how pessimistic we all are. What a depressing thought. o, did we really expect anything less than what we got from Jimmy Carr? No, he delivered the goods just as deap-pan as always. If we cared to delve a little deeper into Carr’s little black book of comedy, we may find a few risky punchlines but you have got to give it to the guy, he is definately consistent. He keeps us on our toes, Jimmy Carr, we salute you!
The British Comedy Awards T
he Big Winner at this years British Comedy Awards was reortedly BBC sitcom Outnumbered. It won Best Sitcom and Best Overall Comedy. Eight-yearold star of the show Ramona Marquez also won Best Female Newcomer. Harry Hill’s TV Burp was another big award winner, Hill took two awards home with him this year. Sir Terry Wogan and Peter Kay were the honourable guests of 2009 recieving special awards. Kay was given the Outstanding Contribution award whilst Wogan collected the Lifetime Achievement award. He joked: “If you can stay upright and reasonably sober, they’ll give you something in the end.” ne of the biggest applauses was for Father Ted creator Grham Lineham, he picked up the prestigious Ronnie Barker Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award. The writer seemed unnerved when recieving a very long standing ovation. Best Stand-Up was given to Michael McIntyre who narrowly missed out in two other categories.Armando Iannucci, starring in The
Loop, said there seemed to be a “slight air of hostility towards Michael McIntyre” Other awards were presented to Charlie Brooker, Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners, Psychoville and Have I Got News For You. However, Mitchell & Webb and Gavin & Stacey went home empty handed from the superhero themed ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross. t was not a surprise that there weren’t many controversial jokes made this year. Most comics kept themselves safe and out of the tabloids where they would probably be the face of the lastest scandal.
Here are some other results from the 2009 British Comedy Awards... Best Male Comedy Newcomer Charlie Brooker (for You Have Been Watching) Best Comedy Entertainment Programme Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Best New British Television Comedy Psychoville Best Comedy Panel Show Have I Got News For You Best Television Comedy Drama Pulling Best Sketch Show Harry & Paul Best Television Comedy Actress Katherine Parkinson (for The IT Crowd) Best Television Comedy Actor Simon Bird (for The Inbetweeners) Best Comedy Entertainment Personality Harry Hill (for Harry Hill’s TV Burp) Best Comedy Film In The Loop
IN THE WAKE of his current success, it’s no surprise that the backlash against Michael McIntyre has already started. Smug and unchallenging are just a couple of the words used to describe him lately, critics are saying he’s fallen into the trap of observational comedy. Chortle says he “just states the obvious and relies on exaggerated theatrics to falsely emphasise the punchlines.” Whilst all of these arguably negative aspects are true, we are missing out one very important factor...it works. He is very funny. Chortle says: “that counts for more than all the cult fashionability he’ll never have.” Observational comedy is said to be much more difficult that it appears, or at least doing it and making it funny. Most comics make it look so easy, although there are those that crash and burn. But McIntyre makes it look effortless. There is an exact moment of realization when the audience laughs at the knowledge that they do the silly but ‘normal’ everyday things. But this only gets a comedian so far with their audience, McIntyre keeps the laughs coming down to his accuracy and
perfect delivery. “He’s a technically faultless craftsman” explains Chrotle, perhaps a negative point for people who like a bit of imperfection in an act, but seriously effective when it comes to making an arena full of people holding their stomachs with laughter. You’re giggling before your bum has reached the seat. Every one of his gestures is planned, they almost feel choreographed; from his hilarious skipping move to smile that makes him look like a self-proclaimed ‘fat chinese man’. He really wants to includes the entire audience – and given this blockbuster tour, top-rated TV show and soon-to-be bestselling DVD, - being filmed here tonight - he’s achieving his aim. He starts off his rants on a broad scale and often can’t take the gag beyond repeating a commonly shared observation. The perfect example is the barber’s pointless back-of-the-head mirror or the over made-up girls on a department store cosmetics counter. However, when he does decide to dig a little deeper, he strikes comedy gold. Some favourites are his comments on women buy-
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ing clothes and being so excited it’s a size 8... when it’s actually shoe, the ‘bullshit production’ of ordering wine in a restaurant when everyone suddenly pretends to be an expert on wine, and calling your missing phone to locate it… it sounds an uninspiring list of topics, but McIntyre keeps it fresh. He could make the most mudane things funny.
“WHAT do you have to do to get Tim Minchin to write and perform a song in your honour?” says (?) Just slate his new show ‘Ready For This’ and you’re set to go. In Minchin’s ‘Song For Phil Daoust’ - a heart-warming ballad aimed at the Guardian critic who disagreed with all of Minchin’s adoring fans at his Edinburgh show. (?) says “the Perth-bred musician-comic indulges in Hannibal Lecter-style revenge fantasies, including making Daoust eat pieces of his own face.” (Just in case you didn’t catch what Daoust said about Minchin, here it is: “a bog-standard stand-up with a silly voice and a few good songs”). With the high standard of Ready For This?, Mr Daoust should get ready to eat his hat. Minchin’s third tour begins with a smoke screen and the first of Minchin’s performances with Who Needs A Band?, a typical rock song blasted at the audience with Minchin taking the part of all the instruments and the vocals. It does take a few minutes for Minchin to establish a common-ground with the audience but this is down to his unusual act. His babbling brilliance ranges from subjects of American culture to Bible literalism in The Good Book. One of Minchin’s funniest and most memorable songs i If I Didn’t Have You (Somebody Else Would Do), a catchy little number (performed with an enticing shimmy at every chorus) that illustrates the cliches of true love and fate. Minchin’s arguably most famous anthem, Canvas Bags, gets the crowd on his side when he introduces a wind machine for extra drama. Other songs include Inflatable You and Storm which is Minchin’s 9 minute rant about new age remedies. Ready For This is a must-see show, Daoust couldn’t have been more wrong.
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Eddie Izzard - Stripped TRANSVESTITE comedian Eddie Izzard has jumped from comedy to theatre, to Hollywood and back again. And now he is back, again! His religious, historical and philosophical ramblings of previous tours continue in Stripped despite any West End or Hollywood influences over the past five years. His opening line was “Let’s talk about everything that’s ever happened.” So he did: dinosaurs, Darwin, Noah’s Ark, Latin, bees, the Bible and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Although random, his tangents ironically appear to have structure. He includes a lot of old material but simultaneously brings something new. He makes you feel like he’s talking to you one-on-one, except there just so happens to be a few thousand other people
listening in on your conversation. If he goes too far into his stroies and the crowd don’t follow Izzard whips out his trusty hand and writes a mental note that the joke isn’t working, which has the crowd in stitches. Izzard doesn’t really tell ‘jokes’ he tells stories which just happen to be funny. Not to discredit his natural talent as a performer, he embodies the ‘joke’ rather than tells it. Stripped, is his first stand-up show since Sexie five years ago is a refreshing reminder of Izzard’s charisma. After starring in movies such as The Cat’s Meow, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and in TV series The Riches, Izzard hasn’t lost his touch, even if he has lost the women’s clothes and make-up.
IT’S NO SURPRISE that Jimmy Carr didn’t include the war amputee joke in his set of Rapier Wit that caused such a fuss when he told it to a 2,500 strong Manchester crowd. Just in case you didn’t hear it first time round, here’s another chance, “Say what you like about those servicemen amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re going to have a f**king good Paralympic team in 2012.”
This is Jimmy Carr we’re talking about, so what did people expect? He’s not exactly known for his family orientated content. But he’s a crowd pleaser, the only thing peple do other than laugh at a Jimmy Carr gig is ‘tut’. Like most comedians, Jimmy Carr got a lot of heckles, but he’s just about the only comic that offers the audience a chance to heckle him. His quick wit shocks us all and hecklers rarely go away unwounded. But you’ve got to admit, he is fast with his comebacks. Having met the mastermind of ‘jokes you don’t think you should find funny’, he’s surprisingly quite a nice guy. He meets his fans during the interval and after the show for autographs and pictures. He makes performing for nearly two hours look easy, and I’m sure he would make a joke about that comment. His style is not unlike that of Frankie Boyle , after all, they’ve done enough panel shows together. It’s hard to decide which one of his tours is his best, but Rapier Wit is right up there!
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Your tour guide Tim Minchin Ready For This?
Adelaide Sat 20/02/10 The barton Theatre
ALL DATES Dave Spikey Best Medicine: SOLD OUT! The Repeat Prescription MARCH 05/03/10 Kettering Lighthouse 06/03/10 Swindon Wyvern 12/03/10 Bedford Corn Exchange 18/03/10 Glasgow Theatre Royal 20/03/10 Whitehaven Civic Theatre 21/03/10 Ulverston Coronation Hall 25/03/10 Bolton Albert Halls 26/03/10 Bolton Albert Halls 27/03/10 Mansfield Palace
Melbourne Thurs 25/02/1010Palais Theatre Newcastle Fri 26/02/10 Civic Theatre Sydney Sat 27/02/10 The State Theatre
Eddie Izzard 08/01/10 Chicago - United Center 09/01/10 St. Louis - Fox Theatre 12/01/10 Boston - TD Garden 16/01/10 New York City - Madison
Russell Howard Big Rooms & Belly Laughs &
APRIL 03/04/10 Bath Pavilion 04/04/10 Yeovil Octogon 16/04/10 Birmingham Alexandra 17/04/10 Dunstable Grove Theatre 18/04/10 Malvern Forum 23/04/10 Brecon Theatre Brycheiniog 24/04/10 Newtown Hafren 25/04/10 Cardiff ST Davids Hall 30/04.10 New Brighton Floral
Shappi Khorsandi 09/04/10 Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton 13/05/10 Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton 04/06/10 Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury Comedy Club
Work in Progress
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Your tour guide Peter Kay
The Tour that Doesn’t Tour Tour Fri 29/04/11 - 18:30 The O2 - Dublin Sat 30/04/11 - 18:30 The O2 - Dublin Sun 01/05/11 -18:30 The O2 - Dublin Thu 11/11/10 - 19:30 Metro Radio Arena - Newcastle Upon Tyne Fri 12/11/10 - 19:30 Metro Radio Arena - Newcastle Upon Tyne Thu 25/11/10 -19:30 Sheffield Arena - Sheffield Fri 26/11/10 - 19:30 Sheffield Arena Sheffield Thu 04/11/10 - 19:30 The O2 London Fri 05/11/10 - 19:30 The O2 - London
Cornerstone, Didcot Wed, 02/06/2010 Artrix, Bromsgrove Thu, 03/06/2010 Courtyard, Hereford Fri, 04/06/2010 Alban Arena, St Albans Sat, 05/06/2010 Drill Hall, Lincoln Tue, 08/06/2010 Gulbenkian, Canterbury Thu, 10/06/2010 Y Theatre, Leicester Sat, 12/06/2010 Wyvern Theatre, Swindon Wed, 16/06/2010 ARC, Stockton Thu, 17/06/2010
Sat 06/11/10 - 19:30 The O2 - London
Gala Theatre, Durham Fri, 18/06/2010
Sun 07/11/10 - 19:30 The O2 London
Cardiff, St David’s Hall Thu, 14/10/2010
Mon 08/11/10 - 19:30 The O2 London
Hull Truck, Hull Sun, 27/06/2010
Thu 07/04/11 - 19:30 NIA Birmingham - Birmingham
Victoria Hall, Stoke Wed, 14/07/2010
Rapier Wit Fri 08/01/10Peterborough - Cresset Theatre Sat 09/01/10 Oxford - New Theatre Mon 11/01/10 Dublin - Olympia Tues 12/01/10 Dublin - Olympia Sat 16/01/10 Newcastle - City Hall Sun 17/01/10 Sunderland - Empire Mon 18/01/10 Middlesbrough - Town Hall Weds 20/01/10 Reading - Hexagon Thurs 21/01/10 Chichester - Festival Theatre Fri 22/01/10 Brighton - Dome Tues 26/01/10 Basingstoke - The Anvil Fri 29/01/10 Cardiff - Wales Millennium Centre Sat 30/01/10 Warrington - Parr Hall Sun 31/01/10 Coventry - Warwick Arts Centre Tues 02/02/10 St Albans - Alban Arena