Jasper Carrott's Stand Up and Rock tour

Jasper Carrott heading for North Devon on his Stand Up and Rock tour

North Devon Gazette

Comedy legend Jasper Carrott is back on the road – and brings his Stand Up and Rock tour to North Devon next month.

Stand Up and Rock is the result of a unique and hugely successful partnership with close friend and rock giant Bev Bevan, founding member of Electric Light Orchestra and The Move and former Black Sabbath drummer, and his band.

The tour also features special guest Andy Bennett, former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist.

It’s the perfect tonic and a great night out of full-on laughter and rock and roll to lift the spirits.

After the long, enforced break, Stand Up and Rock hit the road last autumn.

Jasper said: “It’s been fantastic to see audiences coming back to the theatre.

“It’s been exciting to be back on tour with Bev and the band.

“There was a bit of trepidation at first, not having worked for that long, but the minute we were on stage it disappeared.

“We were playing to sold out houses from the moment the tour began and it’s been fantastic to see audiences coming back to the theatre, having a great laugh, rocking the house, and just remembering what life’s all about.”

Bev Bevan said: “Once you get on stage and get that crowd reaction, it’s fantastic, there’s nothing to replace it.”

The busy spring and summer tour takes in many of the smaller theatres Carrott particularly loves: “One of the joys is getting back to the basic roots of stand-up comedy, eyeball to eyeball with the audience.”

The godfather of British stand-up has been making the nation laugh since his comedy single Funky Moped stormed the pop charts in 1975 and through prime-time TV series such as Carrott’s Lib, Carrott’s Commercial Breakdown and The Detectives with Robert Powell.

Winner of the BBC TV Personality of the Year, BAFTA and British Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement, the proud Brummie has his own ‘Star’ on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars.

His show 24 Carrott Gold, recorded live in 2004 at the Birmingham Arena, played to 72,000 people, breaking box office records.

Stand Up and Rock plays the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, on Monday, June 6. For tickets, visit queenstheatre-barnstaple.com

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