Discover a new world with Rob Newman’s Cambridge show

Robert Newman.

Robert Newman. - Credit: Archant

Journalist, novelist, comedian and activist, Rob Newman, is bringing his tour New Theory of Evolution to Cambridge this weekend.

The show is an exploration of the new discoveries over the last decade in evolutionary biology and an attack on Richard Dawkins’ Selfish Gene theory.

Newman’s new theory of evolution is summed up by the phrase ‘survival of the misfits’ and he argues that all species originate from misfits pushed to the edges of ecological tolerance in tiny populations.

He said: “Natural history is so full of freaky facts that when you tackle the complexity, you find that there is a wealth of detail, oodles of oddity which lend themselves to comedy.”

In a career spanning 20 years, Newman is remembered for his appearances on The Mary Whitehouse Experience and as one half of Newman and Baddiel.

His successful solo career has included five stand-up tours, including ‘From Caliban to The Taliban (500 years of Humanitarian Intervention)’ in 2003 and ‘Apocalypso Now’ in 2005.

Newman’s latest tour saw venues sell-out last year and has been extended with extra dates this autumn.

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He will be at Cambridge Junction for at 8pm on Monday and Tuesday (December 1 and 2).

INFORMATION: Tickets are £11-£13.50. To book, call 01223 511511 or visit