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Music Hall date for Rob

By David Porter

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Award winning comedian Rob Brydon and his eight‐piece band will take to the road next year with a brand new show, Rob Brydon ‐ Songs and Stories, stopping off at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Thursday, April 30.

This is the first time that Brydon has created a show that includes songs and music as well as his acclaimed wit and comedy.

With songs from Sondheim to Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Paul Simon to Tom Waits and almost everything in between, audiences can expect Rob’s usual warmth and humour as well as some of his famed gallery of voices.

Rob is aware that some people might be taken aback by what they might perceive as a change of tack with Songs and Stories.

He said of his new show: "It will take some people by surprise.

“There are so many media outlets nowadays that some people might only know me from Gavin and Stacey or Would I Lie To You?.

“Those people often say to me, 'I didn't know you could sing', and yet I have sung a lot.

“I hope this show is a very pleasant surprise for audiences."

Rob Brydon’s varied career began with the TV comedy shows Marion and Geoff and Human Remains in 2000, for which he won British Comedy Awards.

Since then his comedy credits have included A Small Summer Party, The Keith Barret Show, Directors Commentary, Supernova, Cruise Of The Gods, Black Books, I’m Alan Partridge, Little Britain, Live At The Apollo, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, QI, The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, Have I Got News For You, Gavin and Stacey, Rob Brydon’s Identity Crisis, Would I Lie To You and The Trip with Steve Coogan.

He has also appeared in the dramas Oliver Twist, Heroes and Villains: Napoleon, The Way We Live Now, Murder In Mind, Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore, Marple and the films 24 Hour Party People, MirrorMask, A Cock and Bull Story and the film Swimming with Men.

But for all his success on TV, Rob has been yearning for return to his live roots.

He articulates why. "Live comedy is just such a buzz.

"People come just to see you.

“Sometimes you stand on stage thinking, good God, these people have all gone to the trouble of paying a babysitter and chosen to come and watch my show.

“That's a very special feeling."

The comedian goes on to explain in more depth why he is so drawn to live performing: "It feels very natural to me.

“Sometimes people say, 'I can't imagine getting up on stage and performing.

“It would be so terrifying.

“But you don't choose that life – it's almost a calling, something you just have to do.

"You feel very comfortable on stage, and that grows over time.

" The more you get used to it, the more it becomes your norm.

“I like to entertain people and make them laugh, it's a real privilege.

“As with a lot of things, you appreciate that more as you get older.

You stand there on stage and think, wow, this is great!.”

In 2009 alongside Ruth Jones, Robin Gibb and Sir Tom Jones, Rob reached number one in the UK charts with the single Islands in The Stream, in aid of Comic Relief.

He also embarked on an 87 date tour of the UK with his stand up show, Rob Brydon Live which included a three week run in London’s West End.

He is currently on a sold‐out tour with Lee Mack and David Mitchell.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone 01224 641122 or visit our box office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre or the Lemon Tree.

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