Stephen K Amos ready to cheer up St Albans

PUBLISHED: 20:56 25 February 2011

Stephen K Amos will be appearing at the Alban Arena this weekend

Stephen K Amos will be appearing at the Alban Arena this weekend


COMEDIAN Stephen K Amos will be appearing on stage at the Alban Arena in St Albans twice this weekend.

Stephen K Amos

STEPHEN K Amos is on a mission: to cheer up the nation and prove that laughter really is the best medicine.

After a breakthrough year in 2010, in which he performed to more than 60,000 people on a national tour and got his own prime-time BBC Two series, The Stephen K Amos Show, the stand-up is hitting the road again and has two dates at the Alban Arena in St Albans this weekend.

His aim in the Best Medicine Tour is to show that, no matter how bad you may feel about something, there will come a time when you can laugh about it.

To prove his point, he reads extracts from his childhood diaries in the show, poking fun at how he saw life as a 15-year-old.

“I use it as a crutch,” he said.

“In one excerpt I wrote ‘Granny made me fruit salad today. It was revolting. I’m sure she used vegetables!’

“At the time it was obviously all so painful and meaningful, but now it’s just hilarious.

“The diary charts the ups and downs of my life. It shows that my sense of humour is still the same.

“I’m still the same mischievous lad. It’s just that now I’ve got an audience, as opposed to keeping it all to myself!”

Despite making his name on television shows such as Live At The Apollo, Mock the Week, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and Have I Got News For You, Stephen says there is nothing to beat the adrenaline rush of live stand-up.

“You’re in the moment. There is no edit button,” he said.

“If something happens there and then, you just run with it.

“The great thing is, the audience know it’s spontaneous.

“I’m not doing the same joke for the millionth time – this one is just for them.

“Also, if someone pipes up in the auditorium and we start a dialogue, that’s terrific. There’s nothing better!”

As well as being a successful comedian, Stephen’s own Channel 4 documentary Batty Man was also nominated for a BAFTA.

And, as seems to be the trend with comedians these days, Stephen has also developed a keen interest in food and cookery following his hilarious contributions to Celebrity Masterchef and BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and is now much in demand on the foodie circuit.

He will be appearing at the Alban Arena on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.

Tickets for the show cost £18.50 and are available from the box office on 01727 844488 or online from the Alban Arena website, click on link.

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