2. Stand-up man

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Brit co­me­dian Alan Davies is live at the Re­gent on Broad­way

‘‘I shall be the judge of that.’’

Brit stand-up comic Alan Davies is mak­ing his first visit to Palmer­ston North next week. The star of the BBC’s Bafta Award-win­ning Jonathan Creek (which re­turned to the small screen last year) and fall­guy to Stephen Fry on QI (‘‘I’m Stephen’s side­kick’’) has seen pic­tures of the Re­gent on Broad­way, and is look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing on its stage.

On the line from Lon­don, his open­ing com­ment is in re­sponse to learn­ing of John Cleese’ teeth­grind­ing re­ac­tion to Palmer­ston North fol­low­ing the in­fa­mous My Life, Time and other Med­i­cal Prob­lems tour in 2006.

Alan is mag­nan­i­mous about hold­ing judg­ment on whether Palmer­ston North au­di­ences are ‘‘very strange’’ or that the theatre has ‘‘a nasty shape’’.

He’ll find out soon enough. His 10 cen­tre New Zealand Lit­tle Vic­to­ries tour opens here next Tues­day, July 21.

The weather could be ‘‘grotty’’ though. How­ever, ‘‘Lon­don’s fun­ni­est man’’ (ac­cord­ing to his wife, writer Katie Maskell) doesn’t seem to mind that he’s swap­ping a hot English sum­mer for an an­tipodes freeze-box.

Alan’s Lit­tle Vic­to­ries tour is the se­quel to his hugely suc­cess­ful Life is a Pain 2013’s re­turn to stand up fol­low­ing a 10-year ab­sence.

‘‘I thought of call­ing it Sex is Pain, but maybe that would at­tract the wrong kind of au­di­ence.

‘‘The ti­tle refers to me get­ting one over my dad. It’s based around fam­ily en­coun­ters, ill­nesses, ev­ery­day life. I started tour­ing it last year and it’s been go­ing re­ally well.’’

Book­ings for Lit­tle Vic­to­ries at the Re­gent on Broad­way are at the Broad­way box of­fice or online through Tick­etDirect.



Jolly jumper Alan Davies on his first tour of New Zealand pro­vin­cial cen­tres finds him­self open­ing his New Zealand tour on­stage in the Re­gent on Broad­way next Tues­day.

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