Paul Merton Kicks Off UK Stand-Up Tour Tonight
Following an extensive tour of the UK and a season in London's West End in Out Of My Head - his first stand up show for over 12 years - Paul Merton will be setting out on a brand new tour this autumn with his world renowned Impro Chums and some special guests.
Paul and his chums, Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show every single night, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off.
They are a unique, vintage blend of experience and inventiveness.
Paul Merton A founder member of The Comedy Store Players, he still appears at the Comedy Store most Sundays. He is a regular guest on Radio 4's Just A Minute and is an established face on TV shows such as the hugely popular Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (BBC4/2), Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood (BBC 2) and his travel series for Channel Five in India, China, Europe and more recently Paul Merton's Adventures and the televised series of Just A Minute (BBC2).
Mike McShane is best known as one of the original crew of Whose Line and has been to and fro, from America to Britain with stops in Hollywood in between. He is married to the beautiful and gifted Karen, and is tolerated by an English cat named Henry. He would like to thank his fellow Chums for keeping him sane.
Lee Simpson became a member of the Comedy Store Players in 1987. He is a founder member of Improbable, one of the country's foremost theatre companies and along with Richard Vranch he wrote and performed on Paul Merton - The Tour and Paul Merton - The Palladium, he also directed Paul in Paul Merton - And This is Me.
Richard Vranch is a Comedy Store Player. He improvises and writes comedy, and does voiceovers, animations and panel shows. He's appeared on Radio 4's Just a Minute, and toured the world from Mexico to Palestine acting in sketch shows. He has a PhD and presented a Channel 4 science show. He now performs a comedy/science/hula-hoop act "Dr Hula."
Suki Webster is a regular guest of The Comedy Store Players and has toured the world with Paul Merton And His Impro Chums and more recently co-wrote Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (BBC4/2) and a Morecambe and Wise tribute show (BBC1). She also co-wrote and was Assistant Director on Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood (BBC2).
Venue: Marlowe Theatre CANTERBURY
Dates: Saturday 5th October 2013
Box Office: 01227 787 787
Venue: Dome BRIGHTON
Dates: Friday 18th October 2013
Box Office: 01273 709 709
Venue: Town Hall CHELTENHAM
Dates Saturday 19th October 2013
Box Office: 0844 576 2210
Venue: Anvil Arts BASINGSTOKE
Dates Sunday 20th October 2013
Box Office: 01256 844 244
Venue: Cliffs Pavilion SOUTHEND
Dates Monday 21st October 2013
Box Office: 01702 351 135
Venue: The Pavilion, BIC, BOURNEMOUTH
Dates Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Box Office: 0849 576 3000
Venue: Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre NEWCASTLE
Dates Friday 25th October 2013
Box Office: 0844 493 9999
Venue: Eden Court Theatre INVERNESS
Dates: Saturday 26th October 2013
Box Office: 01463 234 234