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Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies coming to London

Stephen Merchant

Story by Jack Foley

THE Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of The Office and Extras is about to embark on his first ever stand-up comedy tour: Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies.

Tickets for the various tour dates go on sale on Friday, March 4 for shows throughout the UK, London and New York. He will be playing a total of four shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November and December (see below).

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.

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

The tour dates are:

September

6 – Swindon Wyvern Theatre
7 – Croydon Ashcroft Theatre
8 – Dorking Halls
9 – Dartford Orchard
10 – Aylesbury Waterside
12 – Hastings White Rock
13 – Reading Hexagon
14 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
15 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
16 – St Alban Arena
20 – Margate Winter Gardens
21 – Watford Colosseum
22 – Guildhall New Theatre
23 – Sheffield City Hall
24 – Sheffield City Hall
25 – Milton Keynes Theatre
28 – Oxford New Theatre
29 – Oxford New Theatre

October
4 – Liverpool Empire
7 – Glasgow Clyde
11 – Newcastle City Hall
13 – Edinburgh Playhouse
17 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
18 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
20 –Bristol Colston Hall
21 – Bristol Colston Hall
27 – Manchester Apollo
28 – Manchester Apollo

November
3 – Plymouth Pavilion
5 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
7 – Nottingham Royal Centre
8 – Warwick Arts Centre
11 – Cardiff St David’s
14 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
17 – Ipswich Regent
19 – Brighton Centre
25 – Bournemouth BIC
28 – Hammersmith Apollo
29 – Hammersmith Apollo
30 – Hammersmith Apollo

December
1 – Hammersmith Apollo
20 – New York Town Hall

Watch a trailer for Stephen Merchant Live: