Friday, 4 March 2011

Stephen Merchant - Hello Ladies... - Wolverhampton Civic Hall: Saturday 5th November 2011

The Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of The Office and Extras (both for BBC) is about to embark on his first ever stand-up comedy tour STEPHEN MERCHANT LIVE: HELLO LADIES… On Friday 4 March, tickets go on sale for shows throughout the UK , London and New York.

Globally known for his acclaimed collaborative work with partner Ricky Gervais, Merchant has at last decided to take his considerable stand-up talents on the road. It’s not widely known he started his career as a stand-up comedian and radio presenter – at XFM where he met Gervais. In 2001, Merchant in fact shared a stand-up bill in four-hander Rubbernecker, with Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Robin Ince at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Bristolian Merchant, along with Gervais and Karl Pilkington, features in the Guinness Book Of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time, clocking up a staggering 280,000,000 downloads. Their conversations have subsequently been animated for HBO cartoon series The Ricky Gervais Show, the second series is currently airing on HBO and will go out on E4 in March.

Merchant’s latest show, An Idiot Abroad (Sky One), is a live-action travelogue series starring Karl Pilkington. Merchant also appears in this hugely successful series, which became the highest rated Sky One show since 2008. A second series has just been commissioned.

Merchant’s film credits include: Tooth Fairy with Dwayne Johnson and cameos in Hot Fuzz and Run Fat Boy Run alongside Simon Pegg. He directed his first feature film Cemetery Junction with Gervais, which was released in 2010 and he also appears in the forthcoming Hall Pass with Owen Wilson, due for UK release on 11 March.

Stephen Merchant said: ‘Most people don ' t realise that I was a stand-up comedian before I met Ricky Gervais and his coat-tails. Life can be lonely as a TV writer so this tour is a great opportunity for me to get out there and meet my fans. And make at least one of them my wife.’

This show will be filmed and released on DVD & Blu Ray by Universal Pictures UK on November 14 2011

N:B: Doors 6.30pm

Official Website: www.stephenmerchant.com 

Tickets priced £27.50 will be available from 9.00am on Friday 4th March at Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000 or online at http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk/

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