Gloucester Guildhall Presents
SIMON MUNNERY: SELF-EMPLOYED
Star of BBC2’s Attention Scum, BBC2’s London Shouting, Radio 4’s Where Did It All Go Wrong?, Radio 1’s Alan Parker’s 29 Minutes Of Truth and Radio 1’s The League Against Tedium comes to Gloucester Guildhall as part of a major UK Tour with a beautifully honed set of nowhere near the knuckle material about life, death, children and work, performed with love, while wearing a suit.
“If stand-up comedy is art, then Simon Munnery is its Salvador Dali. A genius come charlatan, a true original that Spike Milligan would recognize as a kindred spirit” The Scotsman
Simon Munnery is going to wear a suit for his first ever major UK tour. Despite being in the business for twenty years and having won or been nominated for all the most prestigious awards going, he now finds that his chosen career is a serious commercial business and he’s going to have to knuckle down and set off to work nice and early to forty dates throughout the UK including a week at London’s Soho Theatre. What’s more Simon is now working for himself and knows that without a vast support system of agents, managers, stylists, publicists, make-up artists and dog-walkers that he’s been used to the life of a stand-up comedian can be tough.
But thankfully Simon has a “brain the size of a small planet and a joke book just as large“ (Guardian) and he’s also considered as “one of the most original and inventive comedians in the country” (Observer).
First on our screens in the mid-nineties on ITV’s flagship comedy show Saturday Live Simon had already made his mark on the live circuit with The Dum Show (with Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring) and as the host of the experimental night Cluub Zarathustra. His characters, including Alan Parker: Urban Warrior, The League Against Tedium and Buckethead, became both live and broadcasting favourites and earned him a Perrier Award Nomination and a Barry Award Nomination (1999). He built upon his breakthrough success with several vehicles on radio and TV including two series of his own show on Radio 4 Where Did It All Go Wrong? His Radio 1 series Alan Parker’s 29 Minutes of Truth saw him pick up a Sony Gold Radio Award and his BBC 2 show London Shouting was nominated for a British Comedy Award and in 2001 Simon’s BBC 2 series Attention Scum (directed by Stewart Lee) was nominated for a Golden Rose of Montreux Award. Simon has also been the recipient of no less than six Boothby Graffoe Awards.
“A one-man antidote to mediocrity, in a different class to most of his peers” Evening Standard
Simon Munnery’s Annual General Meeting has been a fixture at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the last six years. He has acted alongside Steve Coogan in BBC2’s The Private Life of Samuel Pepys as well playing Samuel Johnson (Johnson and Boswell – Late But Live, 2007) and Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth and Raleigh – Late But Live, 2008). 2011 also sees the release of his third live DVD.
“Simon Munnery’s new show is hilarious. A truly unique and brilliant performance from one of the finest” **** Three Weeks, 2010
Saturday 5th March 2011 // Tickets £12 (£10 concs) // Doors 8.30pm // Over 18s only
For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at http://www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.