Andy Hamilton at Reading Concert HallBy Samantha Loveridge
April 27, 2012
When a comedy show is billed as offering jokes, stories – and nudity and mild peril – you know it’s going to be one to remember.
Arriving in Reading Concert Hall next month with his latest show Hat of Doom, Andy Hamilton leaves everyone guessing as to what exactly what he is going to pull out of the aforementioned hat.
“It’s cautionary. I don’t want to go into it, I don’t want to frighten people,” he laughs, when asked about the show. “Some shows do contain nudity and trampolining but others don’t. A lot of the show is slightly random.”
As one of Britain’s most successful comedy writers, Andy is best known for co-writing and co-creating the BBC One sitcom, Outnumbered, as well as his BBC Radio 4 sitcom, Old Harry's Game, in which he plays Satan.
As part of his latest show, Andy wanders round with the eponymous hat, filled with an assortment of topics and ideas that the audience members choose to fuel the show.
During the interval, Andy asks people to leave questions on the stage, which will serve as the basis for a humorous Q&A session in the second half.
“Once someone asked me to guess their middle name. It turned out to be this guy sitting up in the circle somewhere. I entered this bizarre guessing game that went on for about 15 minutes. It was like being stuck in the Rumplestiltskin story. That was pretty unusual.”
A regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and TV shows like Have I Got News For You and QI, Andy is well known for his political satire. “The show ranges widely but I’m sure politics will get a mention,” he says. “It isn’t wall-to-wall satire though.”
With comedic topics ranging from his height, his three children and religion, what can fans expect to be pulled out of the Hat of Doom? “They can expect a good evening,” says the comedian. “The shows always end up being very different. There’s no one inspiration shop that I go to. It’s life. Watching people. Life is pretty funny if you keep your eyes and ears open.”
Armed with his humour and his hat, Andy will be making audiences laugh with his new tales and unpredictable show next month.
Andy Hamilton’s Hat of Doom will be at Reading Concert Hall on Sunday, May 6. Tickets are £18. To book, visit www.readingarts.com