By Rob Ten
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Comedy fans have another huge treat coming up this autumn, with stand-up legend Alan Davies today confirmed for Middlesbrough Town Hall on Sunday 3 November.
The much-loved star of iconic TV shows including Jonathan Creek and QI is back to his stand-up roots with a brand new show Life is Pain – and follows the roaring success of a string of Australian dates last year.
It’s now more than a decade since Alan’s last UK tour, but he’d already built up a huge comedy following before his massive TV success.
1991 saw him named as Best Young Comic by London comedy bible Time Out. 1994 brought a Perrier Award nomination, and 1995 saw him nominated as Best Stand-Up Comic at the British Comedy Awards.
Alan has also starred alongside national treasure Stephen Fry in QI for the last decade, and a string of other notable TV roles include ITV legal drama The Brief, BBC2 sitcom Whites, and ITV drama Bob & Rose.
But, after playing the title role of Jonathan Creek for 14 years in BBC1’s globally popular mystery show, Alan relished being back in front of an audience on his Australian tour last year.
He said: “Last year I did 16 shows in 16 days in Melbourne, and I absolutely loved it. I’m now really looking forward to bringing the show to the UK. When you get to the microphone, it immediately feels familiar and lovely.
“Doing the tour of Australia, I got my love back for stand-up. I thought, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah! This is it! I’ve been right around the world and come back to where I started, and it feels great!”
Graham Ramsay of promoters Ten Feet Tall said: “Some of us here at Ten Feet Tall used to see Alan back in the early days at London’s Comedy Café and other such places, so we’re all buzzing about this.
“The reviews of his Australian tour last year were absolutely fantastic, and it sounds like he’s bang on form for this brand new show. We can’t wait for this one!”
Tickets for Alan’s show are onsale now at the Town Hall Box Office, and join an already tasty Town Hall comedy line-up including Big Mouth Comedy Club (first Saturday every month), Mick Foley (26 April), Micky Flanagan (2 May), Rich Hall (13 May), Josh Widdicombe & Seann Walsh (rescheduled date of 22 May), Sean Lock (26 May), The Boy With Tape On His Face (3 June), Jason Manford (19/20 July & 18/19 Dec), Ed Byrne (4 Oct), Sarah Millican (11, 12 & 13 Oct) and Jimmy Carr (rescheduled date of 19 Oct).
Alan Davies: Life is Pain. Middlesbrough Town Hall. Sunday 3 November. Tickets: £25 / £20 concs (60+, unwaged, students). Box Office: 01642 729 729, or online at www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk
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