The One Show to watch with former MP and government whip
PUBLISHED: 21:24 08 February 2011
FORMER MP and The One Show reporrter Gyles Brandreth brings his one-man stand-up comedy show to two Hertfordshire theatres over the next 10 days.
DURING a very full and rich life, Gyles Brandreth has done many absorbing, diverse things.
In the course of his fascinating and hugely varied career, he has been an MP, government whip and minister, journalist, author, broadcaster, theatre producer, publisher, actor and businessman.
But never before has he been a touring stand-up comedian. Until now.
Gyles, a charismatic man whose marvellous wit makes him a natural comedian, took his debut stand-up show to the Edinburgh Festival last summer – and completely stormed it.
In his act, entitled The One to One Show, Gyles ranges from politics to showbiz, from Countdown to the Duke of Edinburgh.
He performs without hesitation or repetition (and just a little deviation) as he delivers 60 scintillating minutes of gags and gossip about some of the major stars he has met over the last 40 years – one to one.
The show sold out in a flash at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the end of each show audiences were cheering for more.
The critics were equally enthusiastic about a performer who can be summed up by all those words which begin with E: engaging, effervescent, energetic, effortless.
The excellent news is that now you can see what all the fuss was about, as Gyles has embarked on a massive, nationwide tour of The One to One Show.
And, he solemnly promises, there will not be a woolly jumper in sight!
Gyles has already appeared on stage at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar back in October, for the third show in his 45-night tour.
This Thursday, February 10 it is the turn of the Alban Arena in St Albans, and he’ll be back in the county to finally bring touring to an end on Saturday, February 19, at the Hertford Theatre.
Gyles, who is also a reporter on BBC1’s The One Show, explains what drove him to take up live comedy at the age of 62.
“I’ve always liked doing new things. I went to Edinburgh 10 years ago and did a musical.
“Then five years ago, I did a Shakespeare play. This time, I thought, ‘Edinburgh is all about stand-up, and I’ve never done that before, so let’s go for it!’”
The results were spectacular.
“It was an amazing experience,” he beams.
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