02:43PM, Friday 03 November 2017
There will be larks by the lorry load in the latest tour by long-haired funnyman Bill Bailey.
One of the country’s best-known stars, he is as recognisable for his stand-up as he is for appearances on shows such as QI and Jonathan Creek.
Topics will include such classically light-hearted subjects as politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness.
Audiences, who will have plenty of opportunities to check the show out over its four-date run at Reading Hexagon, will also be regaled with tales of the real Old McDonald and a new take on the Stars and Stripes.
And even after 20 years of touring, cracking gags and dishing out comedy ditties, his enthusiasm for his chosen profession shows little sign of diminishing.
In 1999 he scooped the Best Live Stand-Up gong at the British Comedy Awards, going on to appear in some of the UK’s biggest sitcoms, such as Black Books and Spaced.
It made him recognisable in some of the wildest places, such as an Indonesian jungle where, standing naked in a river and feeling totally alone, he was surprised by two Australians.
On seeing him they simply said: “Oh, look at that – it’s Bill Bailey.”
“There’s nothing quite like it,” he says of the thrill of performance.
“It’s a singular experience.
“I don’t think there is anything that quite matches up to it in all of performance art.
“When you’re in a play or a band, it’s still a collaborative thing.
“When everything comes together and you think of an idea, a joke or routine that connects with people, it’s incredible.
“It’s the most amazingly satisfying experience hearing an arena full of people laughing at something you’ve thought up.
“It’s a tremendous buzz.”
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