Stewart Lee, Jon Richardson, Sara Pascoe amongst comedy stars heading to Norfolk and Suffolk in 2017
- Credit: Idil Suken
New Year and lots of new comedy shows are heading our way to make 2017 a lot funnier than 2016.
• Stewart Lee
Norwich Theatre Royal, February 7/King's Lynn Corn Exchange, March 22/The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, June 5
After four years writing and performing material from and for his TV show Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (sadly not renewed), Content Provider is Stewart's first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. The equivalent of comedy Marmite, some love him, some hate him but there is no doubting his success.
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• Shazia Mirza
Norwich Arts Centre, February 9
- 1 £6.1m shopping street revamp will take half of 2022 to complete
- 2 Family forced to live in tent after maggots and rats found in home
- 3 Councils could spend millions to buy former Aviva office for new HQ
- 4 Five former MoD homes go up for sale near Norwich
- 5 Christmas Lights Walk with toasted marshmallows coming to garden
- 6 MP and parents concerned over traffic and parking chaos outside school
- 7 Roof collapses into home after major blaze engulfs it
- 8 Seven cosy pubs to visit in Norfolk this winter
- 9 Man arrested on suspicion of stalking after notes left on women's cars
- 10 Blind woman 'humiliated' as restaurant turns her away due to her guide dog
Following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, Shazia Mirza brings her show The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides. It is inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which subsequently received a record number of complaints. The show tells of the confusion it caused as she looks into the nature of offence.
• Richard Herring
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, February 19/Norwich Playhouse, May 3-4
Stewart Lee's erstwhile comedy partner is also heading out way with greatest hits show The Best, which sees him picking his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for our delectation. From his deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to him proving that racists are less racist than liberals, via some of the best knob jokes in the business.
• James Acaster
Norwich Playhouse, March 22-24
Also playing the best of game is James Acaster who is bringing his Trelogy of Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee shows — Recognise, Represent and Reset, to Norwich Playhouse on three consecutive nights. Undercover cops, jury duty, witness protection all feature. He'll probably do material from his first three shows as well.
• David O'Doherty
Norwich Playhouse, March 5-7
Lovable Irish comedian David O'Doherty is back to present his new show The Big Time, which involves plenty of talking and more songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. This year he was nominated for the best show awards at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and he spent the summer on tour around America with Flight of the Conchords.
• Sara Pascoe
Norwich Playhouse, April 18-19
Another chance to explore the wild side of Sara Pascoe with her show Animal, which sold out Norwich Playhouse in June and returns by popular demand. After publishing a book exploring the evolution of the female body, she considers further issues - will pornography lead to our extinction? Are humans naturally bad? How do we become better? Do we really have to die? and gulp, should she have a baby?
• Jon Richardson
Lowestoft Marina, April 22
Best known as team captain on '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown', Jon returns to the road with his hotly anticipated new stand up tour of his show Old Man. Since his sell out tour Nidiot in 2014 , the famously fastidious funnyman has been massively in demand on TV but its great to have him back on stage.
• Omid Djalili
The Apex, Bury St Edmund, April 16-17/King's Lynn Corn Exchange, April 18/Norwich Theatre Royal, April 23
Omid Djalili is back at three venues across the region with his latest show Schmuck For a Night. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass.
• Milton Jones
King's Lynn Corn Exchange, November 1
Mock The Week's king of the surreal brings more Absurdist One-Line Masterpieces. In his brand new show he'll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media and scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. One of the best gagsmiths around.