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Phill Jupitus set for the Civic
7:40am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
A TRIO of characters will be portrayed by comedian Phill Jupitus on the stage in Chelmsford next week.
The Never Mind the Buzzcocks captain is appearing at the Civic Theatre in Fairfield Road on October 10 with his show You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here.
Based on his 2012 Edinburgh Fringe show, Phill plays a recently deceased 90-year-old version of himself, as well as portraying actor Vernon Herschel Harley who died aged 114 and German naval officer Kurt Schiffer.
Material for the production will be based around questions asked by the audience for the stand-up comic to answer with stories, which he said is an enjoyable challenge.
Phill said: “The great thing about the show is that it’s a show where I know the characters, but I don’t know what they’ll be asked. Every night is different – it’s entirely dependent on the audience.
“I wanted to find a way of incorporating into the live work the kind of thing that happens on Buzzcocks, where it flies in an entirely free-form manner.
“That flight of fancy element came from the panel show. Once the audience get what you’re doing, they start to participate, and that’s when the show really takes off.”
The 51-year-old who is travelling across the UK to perform the show said he is looking forward to stepping on stage again to show he is not just a comedy quiz show captain.
“I love doing stand-up,” he says, “It’s that bond you have with an audience. Because you’re on the radio and television, you are aware that you have an amorphous constituency out there.
“But once you see them in a room, you can make that connection and it develops into a huge thing.
“I adore doing this show because I get to muck around with the audience. People will have seen me on Buzzcocks, but this is something they won’t have seen me doing before.”
Tickets for the show which starts at 7.45pm cost £15 and can be purchased by calling the theatre’s box office on 01245 606505 or by visiting www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
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