Phil Kay launches new cycle of comedy with a bicycle tour of the South Bank
Friday 10 June 2011
There was a time when Phil Kay's brand of improvised madness was seen as revolutionary in the comedy world. Now the former British Comedy Award winner and Perrier nominee will oversee a host of further revolutions in his name when, before his gig at London's Udderbelly, he will lead his audience on a bicycle tour of the South Bank.
The aim of the veteran comic, who had his own series on Channel 4 in the Nineties and has more recently been seen on QI and Russell Howard's Good News, is to wheel his audience around the area for "around 38 minutes" in what is arguably one of the longest and most literal warm-up exercises ever. "We'll try and cycle as closely together as possible," says Kay. "It will be like the Tour de France, or more like the Tour Difference, get it?"
While the Scots comic expects a modest turnout, he will be making some advance preparations by going out on the route the day before to size up the area for potential laughs. Getting to know each other shouldn't be a problem on this jaunt. In fact, Kay's audience might get to know their host rather better than they expected, as he warns: "I'll be doing a bike striptease at the end of the show, for definite."
Freewheelin' Mirth Pedaler, E4 Udderbelly Festival, Southbank Centre, London SE1 , 20 June, 9pm (www.southbankcentre.co.uk)
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The best movies on Netflix: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Record Store Day 2014: Coming to a UK independent record shop near you - the best exclusives
Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones has jumped the shark
Misheard song lyrics: Lady Gaga and Ozzy Osbourne's lyrics named hardest to understand
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 1 Dylan Tombides: West Ham confirm 20-year-old striker has died after battle with cancer
- 2 'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
- 3 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 4 Angus Steakhouse: How does tourist staple continue to thrive in today's gourmet market?
- 5 Cover up! Mother told to show less cleavage during Disneyland family trip: 'Are we supposed to wear turtlenecks our whole lives?'