2. Stand-up man
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.