Michael Portillo - Life, A Game of Two Halves,
7.30pm Monday 9 December 2019 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
7.30pm Friday 13 December 2019 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM. Although his political career then came to a humiliating end, losing his seat in May 1997, Michael has since reinvented and endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for the solid workmanship found in the great railways of the world, the effect of the railways on the history of countries and the daily lives of their people. Listen to his story, told with a “parliamentary stand-up” wit, and then feel free to question him about it. Followed by a book signing.
BBC Radio Four - Any Questions?
7.25pm Friday 10 January 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
The BBC Radio 4 recording of Any Questions?. It is a topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience. From a different location each week
Mark Thomas - 50 Things About Us
8.00pm Saturday 1st February 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this shit show.
50 Things About Us is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are?
“Look, I have been doing this for 34 years. I have gone from stand-up to theatre and half way back again. It’s another slightly odd show, a sort of sweary, History Channel with laughs and creative mischief.
If you’ve seen my shows before, this one is going to be a show in the vein of 100 Acts of Minor Dissent.”
★★★★★ “A master of this type of entertainment…” THE ARTS DESK
★★★★ “This a show that comes from the guts” THE TELEGRAPH
★★★★ “Righteous, moving and funny… Mark Thomas should be on prescription” THE HERALD
Simon Evans - The Work of The Devil,
8pm Wednesday 4th March 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
8pm Thursday 5th March 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
Simon Evans’ last show, Genius 2.0 (***** “A Masterclass” The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.
“A gripping and, ultimately heart-warming tale… rich with Evans' wit and caustic observation.”
(**** The Scotsman)
“You expect a high standard of stand-up from this veteran performer. But in sharing something so deeply personal, he’s exceeded what seemed to be his full potential… I’d expect
it to get even better when it goes out on tour. Outstanding stuff.” ( **** ½Chortle)
Simon Evans is the star of Live at the Apollo, Mock
The Week, BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth & Simon
Evans Goes To Market. Simon has made appearances on This Week, Question Time, Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities and Mastermind The Professionals.
Jon Culshaw - The Great British Take Off
8pm Thursday 12 March 2020 Palace Theatre, Paignton
8pm Friday 13 March 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
8pm Saturday 14 March 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
Comedian, impressionist and star of BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringer’s Jon Culshaw, accompanied by legendary comedy producer and author Bill Dare, takes to the road for a new run of their acclaimed show, following sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and across the UK.
Join us for an evening of unscripted, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities are all up for a roasting. Jon reveals the secrets of mimicry, and together with Bill he also reveals some of the mishaps and mayhem of life behind the scenes in television and on the celebrity circuit. The Great British Take Off is topical, satirical, anecdotal and highly entertaining; it's never the same show twice.
Dom Joly - Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps,
7.30pm Friday 20th March 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. And now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he's visited some of the most unusual places on the planet. Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger. The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.
Clive Anderson - Me Macbeth & I,
8.00pm Friday 27th March 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
The host of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Loose Ends and Talks Back takes to the road with his much-anticipated first ever solo tour, in a one-man show guaranteed to be funnier than Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.
‘A complete delight’ ****
‘An assured and entertaining show’ ****
Gyles Brandreth - Break a Leg!
7.30pm Saturday 25 April 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
3.00pm Sunday 26 April 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP, One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling evening of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.
*****‘A master raconteur’ Telegraph.
***** ’Total joy’ Scotsman
Andy Parsons - Healing The Nation
8.00pm Wednesday 13 May 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
‘Cracking adlibbing…a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain’ THE GUARDIAN
'Coruscating live performer specialising in lacerating topical gags' THE INDEPENDENT
We will be alright. Trust me. I’m not a politician.
As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I. etc. - and repeated on Dave.
‘A consistently strong exposer of bullshit and a plain-speaking truth-teller through his entire career’ THE GUARDIAN
Seann Walsh - Same Again?
8.00pm Friday 22 May 2020 Palace Theatre, Paignton
8.00pm Saturday 23 May 2020 The Red House Theatre, Plymouth
8.00pm Sunday 24 May 2020 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston
Seann wanted to be a stand-up comedian from the age of 10. In this show, he tells us how he got here, from growing up in Brighton to gathering a slew of TV credits and glowing reviews, to becoming a tabloid villain. This fresh show mixes some of his best loved routines with new candid stories from the last ten years.
TV credits include Virtually Famous (Channel 4), Play To The Whistle (ITV), One For The Road (BBC 3), Live At The Apollo (BBC 2), The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), Tonight at The London Palladium (ITV), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Alan Carr’s Chatty Man (Channel 4) and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central)
‘Hugely funny…deliciously entertaining’ **** The Times
‘A cracking good show’ - The Telegraph
'He remains one of the most entertaining observational comics on the block'
• The Independent