11:20am Saturday 28th April 2012
By Jade Coulon
WRITER of award winning sitcom Outnumbered and popular panellist Andy Hamilton, promises jokes, nudity, prizes and mild peril when he returns to High Wycombe for the second leg of his successful one-man show Hat of Doom.
London born comedian Hamilton has been celebrated as one of Britain’s most successful comedy writers with works including Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey and Radio 4’s Old Harry’s Game. He is also a regular TV personality appearing on QI and Have I Got News For You.
But the multi-award winner is taking a break from writing to tread the boards once again following a successful 2008 tour of his one-man show Hat of Doom.
He said: "Being on stage is more fun than writing I suppose. Obviously I really enjoy writing but its very desk bound so it’s nice getting up on stage, showing off and having some fun with the audience, a nice antidote to writing."
Interaction with the audience is why Hamilton embarked on his live tour. He centres the show around a hat filled with topics picked by the audience as he personally passes the head wear around the theatre.
He also invites people to leave questions on stage which he answers in the second half.
Hamilton is known for his topical material and revellers of his spring show can expect plenty of it amongst the stories, jokes, gossip, singing, prizes, nudity and trampolining. The show even comes with the warning, "contains mild peril."
"We live in a culture where you have to warn people about these things but it’s very, very mild peril and I promise no one has ever been physically hurt during one of my shows."
Usually thriving behind the scenes or as part of a panel, the responsibility of a one-man show still rattles Hamilton’s nerves.
He said: "There is a lot more responsibility with a one-man show, you have to work harder and you can’t blame anyone if it goes wrong, it’s only you. But it’s more fun, it’s freer than on panel shows because you have to give room to the other panellists where as if it’s your one-man show, the evening is completely under your control.
"It’s like flying a plane rather than being a passenger."
Hamilton promises an entertaining evening at the Wycombe Swan on May 5.
He said: "It will be a good night out with lots of laughs, but obviously I would say that.
"If you don’t come, I’ll be on my own which will be embarrassing."
Tickets for Hat of Doom are available from www.wycombeswan.co.uk or by calling the theatre box office on 01494 512000.
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