Susan Calman, Paul Foot and Russell Kane in best East Anglian comedy nights this week
- Credit: Steve Ullathorne
Self-effacing, but super-friendly comedy with Susan Calman, Paul Foot brings his new show and Russell Kane tackles ageing in four comedy nights not to miss.
• Paul Foot
Norwich Playhouse, November 30, 8pm, £14, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk
After his three-night retrospective this time last year, the mulleted king of surreal comedy returns to Norwich with his first new show in two years, 'Tis A Pity She's A Piglet. The multi-award winning comic has appeared on numerous programmes including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Russell Howard's Good News and The Infinite Monkey Cage on Radio 4. As ever it pays to expect the unexpected as he unleashes flights of fantasy revolving around Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet who join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism, Ant and Dec, immigration and breakfast. Utterly surreal but beneath it is a sharp eye for satire. He will be back at Norwich Playhouse on February 3.
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• Kevin Bloody Wilson
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, December 1, 7.30pm, £29.50, 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk
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All but legendary in his native Australia for a brand of raunchy humour that owes as much to rugby songs, this veteran comedian is Australia's most unique international comedy legend. Born Dennis Bryant, in Sydney, his early music performances were as country singer Bryan Dennis but a move to Perth in the 1980s led to a change of direction when he began playing lewd songs as a hobby, in pubs and clubs. In 1984 he put together a cassette of his songs, called Your Average Australian Yobbo, which sold 22,000 copies via gigs and mail order before being transferred to vinyl and selling thousands more. He is joined on this tour by his daughter, Tammy-Jo, whose on-stage persona is Jenny Talia, a bawdy comedy singer-songwriter. As ever, over-18s only and not for the easily offended.
• Susan Calman
Norwich Playhouse, December 2-3, 8pm, £16 (£14 cons), 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk
The Scottish comedian, a regular on shows like QI, Have I Got News For You, Listomania, Mock the Week and Radio 4's News Quiz, marks her tenth year in comedy with her latest show, The Calman Before The Storm. As ever its a show that is likely to explore any or all of the following: cats, kittens, and being a little lady with nothing to lose. She will be setting the record straight and giving it to the man (whoever he is). It is sure to be conversational stand-up of the self-effacingly type about her sometimes batty behaviour with her hyperactive friendliness. She has also recently written a book called Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate. It's about depression but don't worry, it's funny as well.
• Russell Kane
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, December 3, 8pm, £17.75, 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk
Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you're full-on 80, with the heart of three oxen? In his latest show Right Man, Wrong Age, Russell Kane tackles the topic of how we never quite feel the life-stage that we're in and the age that we're at, whether we're 80 or 18. Why are we either always growing up or growing down? It's been a busy few years for the multi-award winning Essex comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter, juggling major tours with writing his debut novel and presenting various TV shows, most recently travelling the world with YouTube stars filming the new survival programme, Stupid Man, Smart Phone. He was the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival's Barry Award in one year.