Merton gets a head start

Nostalgic: Paul hosting his Birth of Hollywood TV show

Nostalgic: Paul hosting his Birth of Hollywood TV show

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One of the country’s funniest and best-loved performers is coming to Halifax this weekend.

For the first time this century, Paul Merton returns to his stand-up roots and will bring his hilarious show Out of My Head to the Victoria Theatre on Saturday (8pm).

He has embarked on a brand new 50-date tour of the UK accompanied by fellow comedians Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and improviser Suki Webster, who became his third wife in 2009.

During this evening of sketches, music, magic and variety, Paul muses on the mighty behemoth that is his noggin.

A founder member of The Comedy Store Players, Paul still appears at the Comedy Store most Sundays alongside other comedians including Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart.

Paul is a regular guest on Radio 4’s Just A Minute, where his articulate manner and quick wits make him a firm favourite in the story-telling game.

He is a well established face on TV with shows such as the hugely popular Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (BBC4/2), Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood (BBC 2).

His travel series for Channel Five saw him head to India, China and Europe, followed by a new series, Paul Merton’s Adventures, covering everything from cruise ships to caravanning.

Paul cites his influences as Oscar Wilde, Charlie Chaplin, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. He enjoys silent comedy and presented a TV series called Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns for BBC 4. It later became a stage show, first aired at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tickets are £23 (discounts available), online at www.victoriatheatre.co.uk or from the box office on 01422 351158.