Following a triumphant 30th anniversary appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, Richard Herring heads out on a nationwide tour with his latest stand-up show Oh Frig I’m 50!. There are 55 dates throughout the UK starting on 1st February in Northampton and ending on 3rd June at Warwick Arts Centre and including the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall, part of London’s renowned Southbank Centre, on 4th May.
“I only regret the people I didn’t sleep with. And about 60% of the people that I did sleep with”
Following on from 2007’s Oh Fuck, I’m 40!, this is the second (and let’s face it, almost certainly penultimate) instalment in Herring’s once-a-decade examination of ageing. He will look at how his life has changed in the last decade, from irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen (though given she will be 140 in 2067, she might forget to send it). Is he older and wiser? Or just older…and more stupid? Herring is in reflective mood as he contemplates the death of his ambition and his libido and the increasing possibility of the death of himself.
Is fidelity impressive if you are no longer getting any offers?
Richard Herring is probably best known as the world’s only semi-professional self-playing snookerist, (featuring in the Tempting Failure Festival of Transgressive Art alongside a man who cooked his own excreta and a woman who pulled baby teeth out of her vagina). He is also a seasoned music presenter, having fronted MTV Hot for one week in 1995 alongside Stewart Lee (an appearance which led to Scary Spice asking for his autograph on a post-it note and then sticking it to her bare stomach) as well as two stints fronting Top of the Pops, which seemed exciting at the time, but now has been soiled somewhat by the crimes of the other presenters. You may have seen him on BBC4’s Never Mind the Fullstops, a programme that he hated so much that he ended up telling the bloke who wrote Downton Abbey to “Fuck off!” You may also recognise him from motorcycling around the world with Ewan MacGregor, but unfortunately you have mistaken him for Charley Boorman.
Nowadays he asks strangers to give him money to make his own shows on the internet and has won multiple awards for his podcasts Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast and As It Occurs To Me. A new video series of the latter was released in the summer of 2017, having been crowd-funded to the tune of £100,000 by its fans. He has filmed a sit-com pilot for Channel 4 called Everything Happens (For No Reason), which stars Noel Fielding and Jessica Knappett, and written and starred in a BBC Radio 4 sitcom called Relativity which came out in September, also starring Alison Steadman, Phil Davis and Emily Berrington.
What the Press Has Said
“A gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness”
“Laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking at the same time”
“At the very top of his game”
Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
“a superb new set…Richard Herring has thankfully not lost his appetite for making a brazenly funny Fringe show”
Brian Donaldson, The List
“You simply aren’t funny, your ‘jokes’ are puerile and your ‘observational’ comedy is Cringy and forced…basically you are a (nearly) 50 year old guy unable to accept his age”
Email from John Clarke of Fareham
For the full list of tour dates see: http://www.richardherring.com/gigs/
For more information contact: Nathan Dean at Avalon on 0207 598 7222 or firstname.lastname@example.org