Top TV comedian Al Murray accompanying the Pub Landlord to Scunthorpe Baths Hall stage on Monday February 25
COMEDIAN Al Murray will be dishing out pints and philosophy in equal measure when he performs at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe. The funnyman will bring his Pub Landlord alter-ego to North Lincolnshire on Monday, February 25, for his The Only Way Is Epic tour.
And despite performing as the character for nearly 20 years, he said he still made sure every show was unique.
He said: "What I love is that it's different every night.
"I want the audience to feel that tonight's the night, and unlike any other show.
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"They know that they are getting a 100 per cent effort from me, rather than feeling that it's just another routine evening.
"In a way I'm hugely envious of comedians who have the patience to do the same stuff every night.
"But God knows how they do it – I'd go crazy. It means much more to make every show unique. That's what an audience brings to it."
Al said one of the reasons why the Pub Landlord works so well on stage is because he knows the character inside out.
"I can feed anything into the character now," he said. "I know him so well that I know what he thinks about any subject."
And he said key to the Landlord was even though he thinks he is talking perfect sense, he is usually spouting nonsense.
"I have no issue with nonsense," said Al.
"The Landlord has to defeat himself. He always manages to tie himself in knots with his arguments. Some people say the act is rabble-rousing and think audiences take it at face value.
"But he is a dribbling, self-contradictory idiot, so I don't mind if people take that at face value."
Al said "Broken Britain" would feature very prominently in the show.
He said: "The idea of Broken Britain chimes with the Landlord. The Broken Britain narrative is to say simultaneously that this is the greatest country in the world and that we're rubbish. The Landlord can hold that contradiction in his hand."
The subject of parenting will also feature, along with edginess in comedy.
Al said: "I have been watching the debate about what you can and can't say in comedy with increasing astonishment. I find it absurd, peculiar, self-serving and nonsensical.
"There is such ridiculous machismo when comedians declare, 'I'm going to say something edgier than any of you would dare say'.
"The problem with the idea of edge is that if the audience expect you to be edgy, then you're not being edgy at all."
Al said the climax to the show would involve the Landlord attempting to save the country.
He said: The audience will end up completely liberated as a new people living in a new Britain."
For ticket information, call 0844 8542776.