Over the last decade, comedian Andy Parsons has built up a huge following as one of the regulars on the award-winning news quiz, Mock the Week.
However, his first love has always been stand-up comedy and following a successful spring tour and a two-week run at London’s Soho Theatre, he is back on tour this autumn with his Live And Unleashed - But Naturally Cautious show that comes to The Junction in Cambridge on November 17.
He says he couldn’t be more excited about coming back to live comedy.
“I love the buzz of live comedy, you don’t have a TV producer or editor and any given night will never be repeated. The audience will get something unrepeatable. What happens in that theatre stays in that theatre. There are always times like that when ceilings collapse or the technology fails or there’s a fire alarm in the middle of the show. People like the sense that on that night they are seeing something which will never happen again.”
Andy, who has made numerous other TV appearances on Live at the Apollo, QI, The World’s Most Dangerous Roads, The Politics Show, Newsnight, Saturday Live and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the 02.
On stage, he demonstrates the rare knack of being simultaneously both razor sharp and extremely likeable. Not for nothing is he hailed as one of the country’s very best stand-ups.
Parsons reveals what subjects he will be covering in the new show and talks about the downside of being on the road.
“The show starts off with me deconstructing myself. Over the course of the first half, I look at all the things I could possibly be good at and systematically rule them all out. The last thing I think I’m good at is driving, but I read recently that 90 per cent of us think we’re in the top 10 cent of drivers, so I’m probably rubbish at that as well.
He adds: “Physically getting to places on the tour can be difficult. You can have enough of scotch eggs and buffet bars and motorway service stations. But when you finally get there, it’s great. It’s fantastic that people have come out specifically to see you. You feed off their energy, and they feed off yours. There’s a symbiosis there. When you leave the stage after two hours, it’s great to have that real crowd feeling, as opposed to the disparate groups that you had at the start of the evening.”
INFO: Tickets for the show at the junction are £16 and available from the box office on 01223 511511 or wwww.junction.co.uk. Starts 8pm.