Do you want the good news or bad news? Good news is that Stephen Merchant is performing some work-in-progress shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Bad news is that tickets went like the proverbial hot cakes.
The dates confirmed so far are January 13th and 14th, as yet no more club shows or national gigs have been announced, but that may just be a matter of time. Merchant has ploughed the stand-up route in a very different manner to his comedy partner, Ricky Gervais (a comparison that will no doubt get made every time he steps on a stage). Over the past few years he’s made numerous appearances, usually at small venues and with little or no fanfare.
Having seen him do a 10-15 minute club set some time ago he appeared, perhaps unsurprisingly, well polished, well rounded and actually a far stronger comic than…his well-known mate. Where he goes with a full show remains to be seen but we may have a few more ideas come January.