Top comedian Phill Jupitus, best known for his involvement in the BBC2’s widely adored pop quiz, Mind the Buzzcocks, is to appear at Strabane’s Alley Theatre next month.
After 23 series Phill is the last of the original line-up still on the show, He could easily have hit the road with a show comprising “greatest hits” gags, and no one would have complained. But he is a far more adventurous and innovative comic than that. So Phill has come up with a dazzlingly inventive three-part character comedy show that will surprise and delight his legions of fans.
His wonderfully original show, “You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here…” will be at the Alley Theatre on Sunday 6th October. It is a beautifully crafted act which the comedian plays three very different characters: The Late Vernon Herschel Harley, a legend of stage and screen who died at the age of 114 just last Thursday; The Late Kurt Schiffer, the “Korvettenkapitan” of the U42B, part of the German Navy’s feared “Wolf Pack”, which was the scourge of the Atlantic shipping lanes during the Second World War; and The Late Phill Jupitus, who died on 24 June 2052 on the eve of his ninetieth birthday.
The show is quite unlike anything you ever seen before. It highlights Phill’s marvellous versatility and brilliant off-the-cuff comedy gifts. For this bravura piece, he advises us to “leave your preconceptions at the door, but don’t forget to bring your curiosity.” After a hit run at the Edinburgh Festival last summer, tickets for the show are flying out of the door, so you’re advised to book early.
Not surprisingly, the critics have been united in praising “You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here…”
Explaining the inspiration behind the show Phill commented: “I did a stand-up show two years ago that was just me telling jokes. It was great fun, but I didn’t want to do the same thing again. So this time I was looking for a way of keeping myself interested in the job, and I wanted to approach it in more experimental way. That’s how the idea of doing character comedy evolved.”
The comedian, who was also enjoyed critical acclaim playing Edna Turnblad in the West End musical Hairspray and King Arthur in the UK and Irish tour of Spamalot, goes on to say that he loves the element of the unexpected in the new show.
“The joy of stand-up is that when it’s at its best it is like improvisational jazz. It’s different every night”.
Phil Jupitus will be at the Alley Theatre on Sunday 6th October. Tickets are £15 and available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online at www.alley-theatre.com