Double rib cruncher at The Plough next week

Joseph Bulmer

A double weekend helping of comedy designed to leave no funny bone unbroken is coming to the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington this Friday and Saturday.

A curmudgeonly worldview and tongue-in-cheek misanthropy will be wielded by Andrew Lawrence as he brings his Too Ugly for Television Tour to The Plough on Friday.

The Chortle Comedy Award nominee has actually shot himself in the funny bone with this one, as he has since recorded a spot on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, but it was too late to change the posters.

Launched to much acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival, Andrew’s debut tour sees his grumpy world view provide plenty of ammunition for screaming broadsides at the world of today, tempered with a playful upbeat performance and unaffected honesty.

It is perhaps best not to mention his other television work also includes Marco in BBC3’s Ideal, Headcases as David Miliband, The World Stands Up and Comedy Store Live. Apart from these (and radio, of course) he has never been anywhere near the broadcast media!

On Saturday and due to an unforeseen type error, John Shuttleworth is The Man with No More Rolls — a show spiced with more than cinnamon and leavened with a hint of hilarity.

This new show from Sheffield’s finest synthesizer player and twaddle talker chews over not just the nation’s moral decline but the vast range of exotic breads appearing in the high street, as the humble roll fades into obscurity.

Paninis, ciabattas, pitas and the Peshwari naan all get baked beyond endurance in the Shuttleworth humour oven, interspersed with new songs such as How’s Your Nan? and old favourites such as I Can’t Go Back To Savoury Now, all hammered out on John’s trusty Yamaha.

Also, special guests — the concreter from Goole, Dave Tordoff plus misanthropic Midlands media lecturer Brian Appleton.

Both shows start at 8pm and tickets are available from the Plough Box Office on (01805) 624624.

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