Is There Anybody Out There?
As well as being the all round entertainer we all know and love from the telly, Count Arthur Strong is also a lifelong fan of astronomy, since having been given a microscope, or whatever it is they use, for Christmas when he was a small precocious baby. In fact it’s said the first word he spoke was ‘Uranus’. In this, his brand new show, he seamlessly combines the very best showbiz entertainment you’ll currently find, in the world, possibly? as he wrestles with some of the big questions that other all round entertainers shy away from.
Are we alone in the universe?
Is there life on Mars bars?
2lbs of potatoes.
Packet of ginger nuts.
Don’t lose this shopping list.
Arthur says: 'Do not miss this not to be missed type of thing! If I wasn’t in the show I’d definitely be in the audience watching myself intently. Laughing and learning in equal measure. Thoroughly happy to pay the admission fee and definitely not asking for a refund. Also not rustling sweet wrappers and fiddling with my sodding telephone with a gormless expression on my face. See you there!'
Count Arthur Strong
This poor misguided fool is possibly the funniest, most pathetic character since that hapless reject, Alan Partridge disgraced our screens. Then again, maybe funnier. Steve Delaney first created the character that would go on to become Count Arthur Strong whilst studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 1980’s. In the 90’s he resurrected the character for an outing on the comedy circuit at the King’s Head, Crouch End and on the following day retired from acting to focus his career on Arthur. Arthur’s first outing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1997 saw Delaney win a commendation from the Perrier Panel and the character quickly attracted a cult following. In 2002 Count Arthur Strong returned to Edinburgh with Komedia Entertainment and then entered an intensive period of production, with five Edinburgh Fringe runs and eleven national tours. This ranged from 2002’s ‘Forgotten Egypt!’ to 2017’s ‘Sound of Mucus’ national tour. Over the years Count Arthur Strong has acquired a dedicated fan-base of fellow performers with Ross Noble, Johnny Vegas and Steve Coogan being vocal supporters in the early days. The likes of Jennifer Saunders, Martin Clunes and Paul Merton quickly followed suit with Paul McCartney and Billy Connolly recently adding their weight to the list of celebrity fans. In 2008 Delaney started to develop the character for TV with Graham Linehan. In 2012 a sitcom titled ‘Count Arthur Strong’, produced by Retort TV and Komedia Entertainment, was broadcast on BBC2. The series was nominated for several British Comedy and BAFTA awards, including listing for Best Sitcom by both judging panels. The second series of the sitcom was produced in 2014 and transferred to BBC1. A third series of the sitcom is planned to air on BBC1 in early 2017. 'One of the greatest comic creations of this century' (The Mirror). '...an immaculate performance' (Mail on Sunday). 'An evening of inspired lunacy’ (Brighton Argus).
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