Horrific car crash causes change to comedy tour line-up coming to Hertford and St Albans

PUBLISHED: 18:48 21 May 2017 | UPDATED: 19:02 21 May 2017

The All-Star Stand-Up 2017 line-up

The All-Star Stand-Up 2017 line-up

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A horrific car crash has forced a change to the line-up of a comedy tour coming to Hertford and St Albans.

Jim Tavare has had to pull out of The All-Star Stand-Up 2017 tourJim Tavare has had to pull out of The All-Star Stand-Up 2017 tour

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour arrives at Hertford Theatre on Friday, May 26 at 8pm.

The show then visits The Alban Arena in St Albans on Thursday, June 8 at 7.30pm.

The laugh fest was due to feature three top stand-ups – Mock the Week regular and one-liner king Stewart Francis, former Phoenix Nights star Justin Moorhouse and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban star Jim Tavaré – along with returning Chortle Award-winning compere Jarred Christmas delivering two hours of the very best comedy.

However, Jim Tavaré was injured in a near fatal car crash in Los Angeles in March and has been replaced by Mike Gunn.

Mike Gunn will appear in The All-Star Stand-Up Tour 2017Mike Gunn will appear in The All-Star Stand-Up Tour 2017

Jim spent 15 days in intensive care, after suffering severe injuries caused by multiple broken bones and two collapsed lungs.

Plans are being put in place for him to appear on the 2018 All-Star Stand-Up Tour instead.

Jim said: “My hand ligaments completely detached from my wrist.

“The surgeons that put it back together say that I won’t ever be able to play the bass again, but I am determined to prove them wrong.

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour featuring Jarred Christmas, Justin Moorhouse, Stewart Francis and Mick Gunn comes to Hertford Theatre [Picture: Graham Trott]The All-Star Stand-Up Tour featuring Jarred Christmas, Justin Moorhouse, Stewart Francis and Mick Gunn comes to Hertford Theatre [Picture: Graham Trott]

“I look forward to seeing you all for the 2018 tour!”

Late replacement Mike Gunn has been seen on BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and supported Lee Mack on tour.

He was described as one of the “10 leading stand-ups in Britain” by The Independent, and The Guardian said “Mike Gunn will make you die laughing”, which seems rather inappropriate given Jim’s situation!

Mike joked of joining the tour: “I can’t wait to get on the road with the rest of the team, and it just proves every cloud really has a silver lining.”

• Tickets for the show at Hertford Theatre cost £16.

Call the box office on 01992 531500 or visit the Hertford Theatre website at www.hertfordtheatre.com/events/detail/1553/the-allstar-standup-tour

• Tickets for the date at The Alban Arena in St Albans cost £20.

Call the box office on 01727 844488 or visit the Arena website at www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/the-all-star-stand-up-tour/

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