Have I Got News For You star Paul Merton coming to Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:59 10 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 October 2014

Paul Merton and his Impro Chums will be appearing at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

Paul Merton and his Impro Chums will be appearing at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

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Have I Got News For You star Paul Merton is coming to Welwyn Garden City next week for a special charity comedy show.

Paul Merton and his Impro Chums will be appearing at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden CityPaul Merton and his Impro Chums will be appearing at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

With his quick-witted improvisation skills and surreal flights of fancy, Paul Merton is a huge favourite on TV.

And the Have I Got News For You regular will be appearing in Welwyn Garden City later this month in support of Tilehouse Counselling.

Merton and his famous Impro Chums – Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster – will be performing together at the Hawthorne Theatre for one night only on Friday, October 17.

The show will be in aid of Tilehouse Counselling, a Hertfordshire-based charity which provides professional counselling for vulnerable women and young people struggling with emotional health issues.

Together, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums will create a new and unique comedy show based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off.

Merton is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players, and still appears at the Comedy Store most Sundays.

He is a regular guest on Radio 4’s Just A Minute and is an established face on TV shows such as the hugely popular BBC panel show Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood and his travel series for Channel Five, Paul Merton’s Adventures, which covered his excursions to India, China and Europe.

Lee Simpson is a founder member of Improbable, one of the country’s foremost theatre companies, and along with Richard Vranch he wrote and performed on Paul Merton – The Tour and Paul Merton – The Palladium. He also directed Paul Merton – And This is Me.

Vranch improvises and writes comedy, and does voiceovers for adverts and documentaries, while Suki Webster is a regular guest of The Comedy Store Players and has toured the world with Paul Merton and His Impro Chums.

She co-wrote and was assistant director on Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood on BBC Two and her play, My Obsession, which she wrote and starred in, garnered audience and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.

* Paul Merton’s Impro Chums can be seen on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre on Friday, October 17. The show starts at 7pm and tickets cost £20, and £17 concessions.

For tickets, call the box office on 01707 357117 or book online at www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk

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