Stephen and Mark
For each of his shows on his UK tour he meticulously researches the town he’s playing and works it into his material. The aim is to make each show unique while putting the quirkiness and interesting aspects of the town in the spotlight. He said: “As the armies unleashed by Tesco, chain stores and assorted call centres continue in their effort to make everywhere miserably identical, I come with a mission to save civilisation.” Not that it always goes as smoothly for the comedian, who fronted the Bafta award-winning Mark Steel Lectures on BBC 2. “In the North Yorkshire farming town of Skipton, I told the audience I’d seen a sign for Keighley and wondered whether it was Skipton’s rival town,” he said. “It went chillingly quiet and one woman called out with calm menace ’Keighley is a sink of evil’.” So he’d better not mention Dundee tonight, then.