Ten years after her breakthrough performance at the Fringe, Shappi Khorsandi (Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) is bringing her show ‘Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey’ to Leeds. A homage to her adopted country, expect wry observations on Brexit, the Migrant crisis, run-ins with Jeremy Corbyn, and ruminations on what it means to be British. Khorsandi’s friendly stand-up style effortlessly finds the humour in everything from delicate politics to anecdotes about her children, and the night promises to be both thought-provoking and hilarious in equal measure.
On October 21st, rising star James Acaster makes his way to City Varieties Music Hall. Winner of the 2015 Chortle best breakthrough and best show awards, Acaster is fast-becoming one of Britain’s hottest comedy acts. His returning appearances on panel shows such as Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You have showcased his daft observational comedy. Acaster is a comedian who finds the ridiculous in the ordinary, and anyone who is a fan of his understated yet hysterical style will not want to miss him deliver some brand new material right here in Leeds.
Known to many as the new host of Radio 4’s The News Quiz, Miles Jupp is coming to Leeds City Varieties with his show ‘Songs of Freedom’. Jupp describes the show as “a rant about me, you, domestic imprisonment, fatherhood, having to have opinions, hot drinks, the government, bad balance, housing, ill-health, the ageing process, navigation and people’s pants”. Given his impressive resume, which includes roles in The Thick of It and Rev, ‘Songs of Freedom’ looks to be an interesting evening filled with acute observations of everyday life.
Griff Rhys Jones
Looking back over Griff Rhys Jones’ career is a bit like studying a ‘Best of British Comedy’ list. The legendary Not the Nine O’clock News, in which Rhys Jones starred alongside his beloved partner Mel Smith, launched him into a career that would see him involved in classic shows such as Whose Line is it Anyway?, I’m Alan Partridge and Have I Got News for You. Yet it is his unique relationship with the late Mel Smith that is the main subject of this tour. Recalling anecdotes and stories, this show promises to shed light upon one of the finest comedy double acts this country has ever produced.
Heather Nash, James Candler, Xa Rodger, William Rees-Arnold
(Image courtesy of Shappi Khorsandi)