Johnny Vegas to donate 1,000 free tickets to NHS workers for his tour later this year

King of British comedy Johnny Vegas is to make a momentous return to the stand up circuit later this year with a live tour.

Friday, 17th April 2020, 10:36 am
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 10:37 am
Johnny Vegas
Johnny Vegas

Johnny has rescheduled his original dates to later this year and it is hoped the event will be something for fans to look forward to once the UK is over the coronavirus pandemic.

To acknowledge the amazing job the NHS is currently doing, promoters M&B have worked with Johnny to offer 1,000 FREE tickets for NHS workers in areas where he is performing.

Vegas has long been a huge supporter of the NHS. He has also teamed up with a number of local charities in St Helens to help get essentials to those to vulnerable residents and NHS staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

This is the first time Johnny has toured with a live stand up show in over 10 years. Tickets are on sale now via www.easyticketing.co.uk.

Dates for the tour are:

8/10/20 - Plymouth Guild Hall

9/10/20 - Swindon Meca

10/10/20 - Coventry Rialto Plaza

11/10/20 - Sunderland The Point

22/10/20 - Norwich Epic Studios

23/10/20 - Kettering Wicksteed park

25/10/20 - Cheltenham Town Hall

From BBC Dickens adaptations to Benidorm and Ideal to the PG Tips ads, Johnny s has become one of Britain’s best-loved comic actors. But before he’d ever drank tea with a knitted monkey or made himself the exception that proves the rule in terms of the predictability of TV panel game regulars,

Johnny was perhaps the most fearlessly confessional stand-up comedian this country has ever produced. This show marks a return to his roots and is an incredible opportunity to witness one of the finest stand-ups of all time.

His unique abilities as a live performer are the stuff of legend. With his trademark potter's wheel and Butlin's style singalongs, Johnny has created a sensation wherever he has played, winning the acclaimed Festival Critics' Award at the 1997 Edinburgh Festival, and being nominated for the Perrier Award.

Vegas quit stand up over 10 years ago stating at the time that he was disillusioned with touring as the more famous he became, the less of a challenge it was to win over audiences, He hinted he might return to the comedy circuit with a new show at some point, because he needed ‘closure’ on his stand-up.

Since then Johnny has been a regular in front and behind the camera as an actor, writer, director and comedian known for his alter-egos, surreal humour and unique voice.

He has appeared in programmes like Benidorm, Bleak House and, Mr Stink. and played drug dealer Moz in the BBC black comedy Ideal. Johnny has also written and directed series 4 and 5 of Moving On. Other notable roles include Geoff Maltby in the ITV comedy series Benidorm and Eric Agnew in the BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours.

Unwitting star of Shooting Stars (BBC2), Dave's One Night Stand and Channel 4's The Angelos Epithemiou Show, cult favourite Angelos Epithemiou supports Johnny Vegas on tour. He’s shambolic, weird, wonderful and nothing is off the table when Epithemiou is in the building.

Angelos Epithemiou is the creation of critically-acclaimed performer, Dan Renton Skinner, who has starred in blockbuster films such as The Spy Who Dumped Me, High Rise, and Swallows and Amazons for BBC Films and such TV serial-classics as The Tracey Ullman Show, Friday Night Dinner, and The Wrong Mans.

He got his break in 2009, when he became a permanent team member on the revival of Shooting Stars, replacing Johnny Vegas on Ulrika Jonsson’s Team B, before becoming the scorer.

Early Bird tickets from £30 via www.easyticketing.co.uk

NHS workers can apply for a free ticket by emailing proof of NHS employment to [email protected]