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)
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