Comedians Gervais & Uys Descend on West EndDate: 28 May 2004
Ricky Gervais (pictured), creator and star of multi-award winning TV mockumentary The Office, and South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys will both bring their new politically inspired one-man comedy shows to the West End next week.
Gervais’ show Politics, which has a sell-out week at Bloomsbury Theatre this week, transfers to the West End’s Palace Theatre from 31 May to 6 June 2004. The comic has previously appeared on stage in the one-man comic lecture Animals.
In his new stage outing, Gervais will once again forego his Office alter ego, crass middle manager David Brent, in favour of, as he explains, “my usual brand of brilliant, irreverent yet observational comedy, covering such universal subjects as meeting Jack Nicholson, driving around in limos and not putting my hand in my pocket once.”
Uys’ Elections and Erections, which finishes a three-week run at Soho Theatre tomorrow night, reopens at the West End’s Duchess Theatre from 1 to 5 June 2004.
Once again based around the imaginary ‘Ambassador Without Portfolio’, Evita Bezuidenhout, the new show embraces a chorus line of characters in a biting celebration of the Rainbow Nation’s ten years of post-apartheid existence. Uys’ previous one-man shows include Adapt or Dye and Foreign Aids, for which he was nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Solo Performance. In South Africa, the performer has also received the prestigious Truth and Reconciliation Award.
- by Terri Paddock