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SIMON EVANS: The Work of The Devil Tour 2020 Review

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One of Britain’s favorite stand-up comedians, defined by the driest of comedy and brilliantly sarcastic stage manner, Simon Evans introduced ‘’The Work of The Devil’’ Tour 2020, with two scheduled performances at Birmingham’s Glee Club, on the 11 th & 12 th of March.

With a 2:2 Law degree from Southampton University, he found himself captured by the world of entertainment and ultimately switched career paths, making his first appearances on radio, TV and of course, what became his major passion later on… Stand-Up Comedy.

Known as ‘’the comedian with no eyes’’, he has been entertaining audiences for 23 years now, with popular and critically acclaimed shows at venues and festivals all around the world, including Montreal, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Aspen, Dubai, Switzerland, Norway and many more.

Evans’ stand-up live tour shows including Friendly Fire (2012-2013), Leashed (2014) and Genius 2.0 (2018-2019), have sold out UK theatres and received highly praised reviews from both national and comedy press. With his individual sets, he also made numerous appearances on some of Britain’s most popular stand-up comedy TV series such as Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live.

The 54-year-old, owns writer’s credits in several TV programs, counting ‘’The Big Breakfast’’, ‘’Lily Savage’’ and ‘’8 Out of 10 Cats’’, and has regularly appeared in current affairs and debate shows such as BBC’s Question Time, This Week and The Big Questions.

He has also hosted his own 5 series show on BBC Radio 4, known as ‘’Simon Goes to Market’’, and has often participated in ‘’The News Quiz’’ panel show.

Based on ‘’The Work of The Devil’’ tour poster, looking at the world through the eyes of Robert Powell from 1977’s television series, Jesus of Nazareth, seems like a much better idea rather than through his own ‘’crude knife slits pushed into his face’’ for eyes…

Evans was welcomed on stage with a rock & roll tune loudly playing in the background, embracing the indulgence of a rockstar, but intentionally failing to support that imagery with his dress code, wearing blue jeans and what he described as an ‘’old geography teacher’s jacket’’.

‘’The Work of The Devil’’ was inspired by one of Evans’ old-time favorite comedy legends, Douglas Adams. It’s about a theory based on the three different stages of progress in everyone’s life, taken from one of Adams’ unpublished and unfinished passages for Dirk Gently. Firstly, there’s what existed before you were born and until the age of about 12 or13. Then, there are things which are invented in our late teens and 20s, the exciting innovations that our parents never knew. And then, there are things which arrive from our mid-30s onwards, by which we therefore denounce as work of The Devil.

It’s an unusual show for me, because the message of the show – almost beyond my conscious control – has become one that is genuinely heart-warming and uplifting, rather than just another weary sight at society’s collapsing values and so on. And honestly, I couldn’t be happier. The subject manner, the show itself and audience reaction to it – it’s no exaggeration to say that it had a positive effect on my mental health just performing it every night – Simon Evans

Just like in every Simon Evans’ show, the British comedian brings back some of his signature routines as he casually dissects major ideas and explores concepts mainly on Politics and Sociology, with a right-wing approach but leaning towards the hilarity of it all.

‘’The Work of The Devil’’ set starts off with old-fashion pub jokes, personal stories about his own family and parents, the importance of alcohol in the UK culture, the dead-end tragedy of Brexit, while scrutinizing identity politics and resurgent Nationalism. He also savagely brings to the surface the unresolved mystery which has become a big part in our everyday lives for the past 3 months, the Coronavirus, by saying:

I am so grateful to everyone that chose to spend this evening here, possibly your last one too, I mean who knows anyway…

As the set moves forward, it becomes significantly more personal with Evans going in depth about his identity, introducing an alternative side to stand-up comedy unlike anything you’ve seen so far.

For dates and tickets, visit: www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/simon-evans

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SIMON EVANS GENIUS TOUR REVIEW : SOHO THEATRE

Simon evans ‘genius tour’ review.

We visited the Soho Theatre where Simon Evans was displaying his comical whit as part of his UK Tour of ‘Genius’ which started out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is now making us all laugh across the country.

Simon Evans for you that do not know is a UK Comedian  – well established at that. He has appeared on TV across different shows such as Daves One Night Stand, Comedy Store, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week. So you may just have come across this comic at some point.

Genius was the name of the show, and for us it was! Simon’s aim of the show is to take us through modern Genius, and how we define it in the modern age. Reflecting on his years of experience and comparing to then and now he has us in laughs throughout.

At the start of the show, he talks about his age and how age appears to be gaining on him, the need for having to wear glasses, he picks out another audience member who has a set resting on her head, testing his eyesight through the pair to realise they have opposite focal needs gives us some chuckles.

The need to write post-it notes to remember what it is he is climbing the stairs for only to get there to forget and have to make his way all the way back down again certainly reminded me of my own memory skills and lack of attention span. We then turn to judging people in petrol station queues, to the qualifications needed to run the country and reflecting on the likes of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, and Brexit negotiations. Do we really have the right people running our country? Simon makes some very valid points and may just be as qualified in terms of education to run himself. A little about his own mother and father has us delving into their relationship.

We then move on to records of which he shows us his own personal Guinness Book of Records, reminiscing about what it took to get a record in yesteryear and cleverly compared it to a modern-day version, which shows us just how much society has changed and just how silly we can be and just how much attention we pay to it.

The audience was middle-aged and appealed every bit to the humour. Simon Evans rolled off his tongue effortlessly. This is because we have experience in life too, we have seen society change we can lend ourselves to the very experiences that Simon talks about, we have found that we can be just the same. This show is perfect in every sense and delivered smartly. We wouldn’t expect anything else from this performer, the audience laughed and as a comic what more do you want! The show is generating 4/5 stars everywhere and I can see why.

The tour runs until 9th JUNE 2018 and honestly is a great night out. Be educated in the term ‘GENIUS’ with Simon Evans.

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Simon Evans is touring the UK with his new show Have We Met?

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The fragmentation and disintegration of memory is inevitable as one gets ever deeper into middle age. Simon Evans, 58 by the time he hits the road, has been mining that seam for some years now. His endless migrations up and down the stairs and through the caverns of his own mind in pursuit of elusive quarries have defined his recent work.

And a failing memory can be a blessing when we have so much we’d like to quietly forget.

But when that collapsing memory encounters a life-long dedication to procrastination and industry standard levels of ADD coming the other way up the pavement of life, they can easily spend the rest of the day politely unable to get past one another.

Have We Met? sees Simon determined to lock horns with the spectre of memory and wrestle its incorporeal form to the floor. To be the Proust, the Joyce, the Maurice Chevalier & Hermione Gingold of stand up. And something else. It will come to me. Bear with.

Simon is one of the UK’s most respected and established comedians. His TV credits include Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, BBC Two’s Mock the Week and was a regular on Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week. Simon’s BBC Radio 4 series Simon Evans Goes to Market has audiences delighting in his witty and insightful take on the unpromising comic territory of commodities, trading and wealth. Other BBC Radio 4 appearances include the The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive. Simon is the only comedian to have appeared on both University Challenge: The Professionals, and Celebrity Mastermind (which he won – specialist subject Sir Ernest Shackleton). Simon has also recently appeared on This Week and Question Time. NB. Please take a name tag from the table in the foyer. And wear throughout.

TOUR SCHEDULE:

Friday 15 September Tenbury Wells, The Regal Saturday 16 September Tring, Court Theatre Wednesday 20 September Launceston, Town Hall Thursday 21 September Great Torrington, Plough Arts Centre Friday 22 September Exeter, Corn Exchange Saturday 23 September Dorchester, Thomas Hardye Theatre Thursday 28 September Pocklington, Arts Centre Friday 29 September Stamford, Corn Exchange Friday 6 October Bakewell, Town Hall Saturday 7 October Coalville, Century Theatre Saturday 14 October Bristol, Redgrave Wednesday 18 October Loughborough, Town Hall Friday 20 October Bury St Edmunds, The Apex Thursday 2 November Grantham, Guildhall Arts Centre Friday 3 November Norwich, Playhouse Saturday 4 November Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre Friday 17 November Tiverton, TCAT Saturday 18 November Hedge End, The Berry Friday 24 November Faversham, The Apex Sunday 3 December Evesham, Town Hall

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Simon Evans The Work Of The Devil

Gentleman raconteur muses on identity with a personal twist in the tale.

The lack of live opportunities during the pandemic means most comedians have arrived at the Fringe with either un-road tested works-in-progress or pre-pandemic works that never got their fair dues. In the case of Simon Evans, it’s the latter. The Work of the Devil is the show he first brought here in 2019 , renamed and refined and, if we’re being harsh, a little blunted by the passage of time. It’s a personal piece and one imagines the early tellings having an emotional rawness that two years and an intervening pandemic have taken the edge off, as well as dating some of the topical material. No matter, though. This is a story that remains well worth hearing.

The show’s overture is all about identity politics. Evans positions himself as an uncool uncle, grumpily bemoaning the tropes of our times – the explosion of genders, the radical and rapid shifts in language – and how disconcerting he finds it all. (The show’s title refers to the notion that every societal change that happens after you reach 35 feels like the work of the Devil.) If that sounds ho-hum, the droning-on of another middle-aged, middle-class white dude who “doesn’t get it”, then he’s well aware of the fact. Evans is a smart guy. Unlike some who share his take on life, he hasn’t arrived at it through knee-jerk reactionism, even if it suits his purposes tonight to play up to that. Anyone who has followed him over the years knows he is engaged enough that he could argue points from either side of the culture war. His reasoning happens to have led him in one direction. Yours may take you in another. Such is the nature of discourse.

This evening is neither the time nor the place for some of his deeper, more nuanced philosophical musings, although there are glimpses of what make him a thoughtful and provocative social media presence. Best among his early forays is a twist on the classic Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman set-up that questions the notion of prejudice and who it is directed towards. But there’s another reason for keeping the identity chat at a fairly superficial level. It is but preamble to the show’s personal climax…

Evans has talked affectionately about his elderly parents throughout and ruminated on the experience of being an only child. It would be churlish to say much more and ruin the reveal here, even if the show has done the rounds before. Suffice it to say, many performers come here with personal stories to tell, seldom do those stories intersect with genuinely eye-opening episodes of social history.

There isn’t the whiff of cynicism that sometimes comes with these trauma-mining comedy shows either. For a start, although one imagines Evans’ experience to have been life-altering, he isn’t playing for our sympathy. Instead, he delivers his story in almost matter-of-fact, lecture style as if sparing us the more moving bits. If we’re urged towards any emotional conclusion, it’s towards admiration for his parents, which makes it all the sweeter.

Evans has always cut a serious, impregnable figure. He’s an English gentleman raconteur. You can imagine him trading blows in the debating chamber or holding court at the members’ club bar and not giving much of himself away. Tonight though, you see the boy inside the man and get a chink of vulnerability. It also contextualises what has gone before. If you were of the mind at the start of the show that Evans was just another tedious, right-wing bigot, then at least by the end you’d have to conclude that not everything is as it appears…

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Simon Evans to tour stand-up show about memory

Wednesday 28th June 2023, 12:23pm

  • Stand-up show Simon Evans: Have We Met? will tour between September and December
  • The show will touch upon how "the fragmentation and disintegration of memory is inevitable"

Following a run at the Edinburgh Festival , Simon Evans will tour his memory-themed stand-up show between September and December.

The show's description explains: "The fragmentation and disintegration of memory is inevitable as one gets ever deeper into middle age. Simon Evans , 58 by the time he hits the road, has been mining that seam for some years now. His endless migrations up and down the stairs and through the caverns of his own mind in pursuit of elusive quarries have defined his recent work.

"And a failing memory can be a blessing when we have so much we'd like to quietly forget.

"But when that collapsing memory encounters a life-long dedication to procrastination and industry standard levels of ADD coming the other way up the pavement of life, they can easily spend the rest of the day politely unable to get past one another.

" Have We Met? sees Simon determined to lock horns with the spectre of memory and wrestle its incorporeal form to the floor. To be the Proust, the Joyce, the Maurice Chevalier & Hermione Gingold of stand-up. And something else. It will come to me. Bear with."

Friday 15 September: Tenbury Wells, The Regal Saturday 16 September: Tring, Court Theatre Wednesday 20 September: Launceston, Town Hall Thursday 21 September: Great Torrington, Plough Arts Centre Friday 22 September: Exeter, Corn Exchange Saturday 23 September: Dorchester, Thomas Hardye Theatre Thursday 28 September: Pocklington, Arts Centre Friday 29 September: Stamford, Corn Exchange Friday 6 October: Bakewell, Town Hall Saturday 7 October: Coalville, Century Theatre Saturday 14 October: Bristol, Redgrave Wednesday 18 October: Loughborough, Town Hall Friday 20 October: Bury St Edmunds, The Apex Thursday 2 November: Grantham, Guildhall Arts Centre Friday 3 November: Norwich, Playhouse Saturday 4 November: Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre Friday 17 November: Tiverton, TCAT Saturday 18 November: Hedge End, The Berry Friday 24 November: Faversham, The Apex Sunday 3 December: Evesham, Town Hall

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Windsor/Stonehenge/Bath

Robert was great. Plenty of information to pass on, very insightful. Nino's driving was superb. He kept the bus going smoothly.

Date of experience : February 08, 2024

Windsor/Stonehenge/Bath Tour

We did the Windsor/Stonehenge/Bath tour with Simon as our guide and Bill as our driver - they were both amazing!! It’s a wonderful jam-packed day with lots of amazing sights and photo opportunities. Please note, if you are wanting to spend an extensive time at any of these places, you probably should book one day for each or only two for the day. However, we were given the option to stay in Bath at the end and take a train home. 10/10 would recommend! Especially if you luck out and have Simon as your guide - he cracked a lot of jokes and was very entertaining and kind!

Date of experience : November 06, 2023

Windsor/Stonehenge/Oxford

We did the 3 location package (Windsor/Stonehenge/Oxford). Doing all three in one day is a lot so you can think of this tour as a quick/preview version rather than immersing yourself into details, etc. Overall a pretty good experience having a bus drive you around. Buss is nice and clean. Our driver (Musama) and host (Robert) was good making sure everyone is informed and is staying on track. Lots of good stories and tidbits shared!

Date of experience : December 30, 2022

Awesome day tour!

We did the tour to Warwick castle, Stratford upon Avon & Oxford which was a long 11hr tour but well worth it. We had Robert as our tour guide & David was our driver. Robert was full of fun exciting stories and kept us interested and laughing. David was a great driver who kept us safe and comfortable. Our coach was clean, punctual and comfortable and the stops were perfect.

Date of experience : October 02, 2023

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford

If you need to know if Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford are worth a vsit, well... Robert, our guide made the difference! Knowledgeable, good humoured, humorous and organized. A font of interesting information! The only complaint was with the weather, which was quite beyond his capacity to manage. He spoke of a future James Bond themed tour. This alone would be a good reason to return to the UK! Would recommend to others…

Date of experience : November 24, 2022

Windsor/Stonehenge/Bath w/ Robert & Sam

Robert was our guide & Sam was our driver today for Windsor, Stonehenge, & Roman Baths in Bath. Sam was a smooth driver-everyone was catching a nap which is so important because it’s a 12 hour day. Robert made this a great experience- He is so knowledgeable and passionate about GB/UK history. Both gents were so kind & really cared about making it a great experience for the whole team. Would 100% recommend.

Date of experience : December 18, 2022

Good day , guide was entertaining (Kevin ) The only disappointment was the white cliffs of Dover .The tour was Leeds castle, white cliffs of Dover and Canterbury Cathedral , all good except the 10 minute stop to take a photo of the small section of the cliffs . Should have been better explained , That you can’t see the cliffs on this tour

Date of experience : September 30, 2023

Fantastic Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge Tour

We took the tour to Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge in late June and it was fantastic! I was worried it would be too much for one day but thanks to the great driving of Aaron and our tour guide Peter - it was fantastic! Of course you can always use more time in places like Windsor Castle and Bath, but Peter explained the best things to see so we could manage our time accordingly. He also provided a lot of useful and interesting information while we were driving to each place which made the journey more enjoyable. I recommend this tour highly and hope you're lucky enough to get Peter as a guide.

Date of experience : June 30, 2023

It was a lovely experience with Robert…

It was a lovely experience with Robert and Maria! Our coach was best with his tour guidance, spoke about london things in general, kept us engaged, explained us everything in details about Stonehenge, Windsor castle! Would definitely recommend his services to my fellow friends!

Date of experience : May 19, 2023

Great guide

Richard, the guide was great. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Wish the tour company would schedule a departure earlier, thou, as we were the last bus to arrive at Windsor castle. After a 1hr 45 minute wait, we only had 49 minutes inside. Why are they giving so many tickets out to tours at the same time. English heritage at Stonehenge was disorganized which allowed only 5 minutes there at the site. The issues were all because Windsor castle and English Heritage. Nice to see the sites, but we won’t return and benefit these sites.

Wonderful tour

Wonderful tour! Punctual and friendly staff. Robert was an excellent guide from whom we learnt a lot. Nice stories to relax too! Considering I’m not a native speaker, his English was easy to understand for me. Barington also drove us safely all along this long journey.

Date of experience : December 28, 2022

Robert & Barrington are two absolutely…

Robert & Barrington are two absolutely lovely guys. So caring, fun and you can definitely tell they love what they do. I was constantly enamored with the information Robert could provide and the expert driving and hospitality of barrington. Truly could not reccomend them enough. If you want an expert tour of London, Windsor, Stonehenge & bath these are the guys for you. Thank you thank you thank you.

DO NOT BOOK!!!!!

DO NOT BOOK!!!!!! Took the money but wouldnt let us on tour as didnt have PRINTED ticket!!!! Called the operator was EXTREMELY rude and said it was my problem and i should have read t+c before booking...! Noone expects paper tickets anywhere if you have it on a phone and how many tourists carry around printer? Was shocked by rude woman on phone. Pathetic

Date of experience : October 14, 2022

Tour Oxford/Stonehenge/Windsor

Just did the Tour Oxford/Stonehenge/Windsor and it was amazing! Lots of information about the places we were visiting - Robert knows everything! The pilot of the coach was also very kind - sometimes he slowed down so we could take pictures of the outside. In conclusion, it is a great plan if you are in a rush and don’t have enough time to visit those places separately.

Date of experience : December 26, 2022

Adventures in England

Robert and our driver Matt were super kind, patient, attentive, and made our experience very pleasant. Robert did a great job in guiding us through Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford. He is extremely knowledgeable and gave us great insight and history during our adventures walking through the towns. I would definitely recommend booking with Evans Evans Tours, and having Robert as a tour guide. Thank you for a great experience!

Date of experience : November 26, 2022

Enjoy the travel with Robert and Janus

I’m lucky to meet Robert who tells great stories about places we visited and takes good care of everyone of us. I’m travelling alone, I feel safe to enjoy Windsor, Stonehenge and Oxford with him. Helpful and humorous Robert, thank you! Janus gives me a perfect ride all the way and thank you to be our reliable driver! Magnificent & valuable trip!

Date of experience : October 07, 2022

Tour was EXTREMELY efficient…

Tour was EXTREMELY efficient and very well planned. Robert, our guide, was highly knowledgeable. Msuma, our driver, was patient and more than accommodating. Will definitely look into other tours with this company! Thank you, guys.

Excellent tour guide Robert

Excellent tour guide Robert, he was very personable, polite and extremely knowledgeable. Though the tour was a bit rushed to combine all three places in one day, he made the whole trip worth it, so we really appreciated getting a sampling of what to do while in London. Would definitely want to go on a tour with Robert again.

Date of experience : December 29, 2022

Went to stonehenge flay tire stuck

Went to stonehenge, our coach had a flat tire at 7:45am and by 2:30pm it was still not repaired. Our bus driver and tour guide were just as frustrated since they were unable to get communications on when someone was supposed to show up Supposedly someone was supposed to show up at 10 and than 11 and than 12:30. Really? We missed our other tour of Windsor castle and spent an entire day waiting for a fix .I spoke to customer service and they hung up a few times on me. So far not a very good experience or company

Date of experience : July 01, 2023

Stonehenge & Bath

This was a great tour. Andrew was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. Both locations are places I've wanted to visit for a long time and I was not disappointed! Bath was busy but manageable due to it being the middle of winter. I do prefer smaller group tours and wasn't aware that there would be dozens of other people on it and that we would be travelling on a large coach, however this did not impede the experience too much. I do wish that I had a bit more time to explore Bath. I rushed through the Roman Baths experience a little bit so that I had time to explore the town, so I wish some more time was available overall.

Date of experience : January 19, 2023

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Simon Evans’ last show,  Genius 2.0  (  A Masterclass  ★★★★★ The Scotsman ) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year. A gripping and, ultimately heart-warming tale… rich with Evans' wit and caustic observation . ★★★★  The Scotsman When he gets stuck into his show in earnest he guides us to a terrifically tender conclusion that he handles intelligently, informatively, amusingly and unsentimentally… Dynamite  ★★★★  The Times You expect a high standard of stand-up from this veteran performer. But in sharing something so deeply personal, he’s exceeded what seemed to be his full potential… I’d expect it to get even better when it goes out on tour. Outstanding stuff.  ★★★★  ½ Chortle Simon Evans is the star of  Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth  &  Simon Evans Goes To Market . Simon has made appearances on  This Week, Question Time, Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities  and  Mastermind The Professionals . Age guidance 14+   Likely to be swearing and adult content Children younger than this will not be admitted, even if accompanied by an adult.  

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Posted By: Editor September 11, 2023

SIMON EVANS  Have we met?

Uk tour autumn 2023, the fragmentation and disintegration of memory is inevitable as one gets ever deeper into middle age. simon evans, 58 by the time he hits the road, has been mining that seam for some years now. his endless migrations up and down the stairs and through the caverns of his own mind in pursuit of elusive quarries have defined his recent work., and a failing memory can be a blessing when we have so much we’d like to quietly forget., but when that collapsing memory encounters a life-long dedication to procrastination and industry standard levels of add coming the other way up the pavement of life, they can easily spend the rest of the day politely unable to get past one another., have we met sees simon determined to lock horns with the spectre of memory and wrestle its incorporeal form to the floor. to be the proust, the joyce, the maurice chevalier & hermione gingold of stand up. and something else. it will come to me. bear with., simon is one of the uk’s most respected and established comedians. his tv credits include live at the apollo and michael mcintyre’s comedy roadshow, bbc two’s mock the week and was a regular on channel 4’s stand up for the week., simon’s bbc radio 4 series simon evans goes to market has audiences delighting in his witty and insightful take on the unpromising comic territory of commodities, trading and wealth. other bbc radio 4 appearances include the the news quiz, the unbelievable truth and armando iannucci’s charm offensive., simon is the only comedian to have appeared on both university challenge: the professionals, and celebrity mastermind (which he won – specialist subject sir ernest shackleton). simon has also recently appeared on this week and question time., tour schedule:, friday 15 september – tenbury wells, the regal saturday 16 september – tring, court theatre wednesday 20 september – launceston, town hall thursday 21 september – great torrington, plough arts centre friday 22 september – exeter, corn exchange saturday 23 september – dorchester, thomas hardye theatre thursday 28 september – pocklington, arts centre friday 29 september – stamford, corn exchange friday 6 october – bakewell, town hall saturday 7 october – coalville, century theatre saturday 14 october – bristol, redgrave wednesday 18 october – loughborough, town hall friday 20 october – bury st edmunds, the apex thursday 2 november – grantham, guildhall arts centre friday 3 november – norwich, playhouse saturday 4 november – tunbridge wells, trinity theatre friday 17 november – tiverton, tcat saturday 18 november – hedge end, the berry friday 24 november – faversham, the apex sunday 3 december – evesham, town hall, simon evans –  interview, simon evans is one of comedy’s most skilful stand-ups, as well as being one of the best dressed. his tv credits include live at the apollo, michael mcintyre’s comedy roadshow and mock the week. he presented his own radio 4 series, simon evans goes to market. his new live show. have we met explores memory and how we try to keep hold of it as we age. the natty 58-year-old talks below about identity, learning lines and what it’s like to have a showbiz namesake., simon evans performs have we met on uk tour from 15 september. simon evans’ website is thesimonevans.com, let’s talk about your new show have we met, it’s partly about failing memory and the strange sense that the most instantly relatable thing about getting older is that you don’t automatically form new memories. and that, almost stereotypically, results in forgetting what you went to the shops for or whatever your wife says., the knock on effect is that your past becomes murkier as well. the show is also about trying to work out whether separate past versions of me join up into a coherent whole or whether i’ve just been wearing a series of masks., nostalgia has often been a fertile comedy subject. you have to avoid the clich é s of talking about childhood chocolate bars and old tv programmes., does anyone remember spangles was a running joke when i started out, an observational comedy version of proust’s book remembrance of things past. i recognise the danger of just going, ‘this is me when i was 12’., is it inevitable that memory starts to go, i think it’s inevitable that short term memory goes. anyone who is arrogant enough to take a message on the phone and not write it down deserves all the contempt that they get. i still have a good recall of facts. i won celebrity mastermind and was on university challenge. my wife jokes that when we watch university challenge and i shout the answers it used to please her to see me happy. now she watches with me to make sure that i’m not getting dementia., what are you theories about memory, in christopher nolan’s movie memento the lead character has to make notes constantly to remember things. when i first watched it, i thought it was brilliant, but when i watched it again recently i realised that’s like a cranked up version of what’s happening to me now. you know, that kind of sense of how did i get here, you’ve had to rethink how you got here very specifically. in your last show the work of the devil you revealed how you’d recently discovered that your biological father was actually a doctor at a fertility clinic who used his own sperm to make female patients pregnant., that show answered the question about why i was a comedian. so many comedians have some kind of reason why they don’t quite fit in. i’d always wanted to be in the guinness book of records and it turns out i am, because my father is the most prolific parent in history., talking of family, you are no relation the simon evans, who co-created and co-starred in the bbc series staged with michael sheen and david tennant. has there been any mistaken identity, the number of people who congratulated me was quite unsettling. not just because i was the wrong simon evans, but because it started at a specific time (during lockdown), when i was unable to work, so i was unable to say, ‘no, i’m the one who’s doing this’. it was like i’d been replaced when i wasn’t. but i did enjoy staged. i thought it was almost like a family member., how do you learn your lines, that’s a really interesting question, because that’s part of the thing that i’m confronting. the short answer is you don’t learn them. what you learn is a series of prompts that you then improvise around the first few times you do it. it’s not learned like a script is learned, it’s like i’ve just got it in my blood. you’ve got maybe a dozen or three dozen bullet points you’re trying to get to, but it will change how you get there. but the human brain being what it is, or the human ego, when a line gets a laugh, it naturally locks in., are you good at remembering faces, i am more interested when i meet someone new in making a good impression, whereas my wife is very good at asking questions and building up a picture of them. we’ll come home from a party and i’ll have stories about things that happened and she will have a full cv of a person. at the edinburgh fringe people come up to you and you don’t know if they’re a comedian, promoter, journalist or fan. it’s a great skill to recognise someone. it makes such a difference when you recall things about them, people almost feel like you’ve you’ve given them a neck massage., do you have any tricks for retaining information, like memory palaces, where you picture groups of things, lee mack has learned those tricks almost like a stage magician, if you give him 12 objects in order he can recall them. i don’t have a mind’s eye. i cannot actually visualise things if i close my eyes. i can describe the front of my house but i haven’t got an image of it., if i think of something funny i have to write it or record it immediately or it will be gone. sometimes when i’m driving i have to stop and get out the phone or write things down., what other comedians have good memories, al murray is currently probably the most gifted comedian in terms of weaving information he’s only just got from the crowd and bringing it back in. dara o’briain can do it too. once you’re onstage, one of the things i love about being a comedian, is that you go into a kind of altered state., i used to write for the tv presenter richard bacon. he came up to edinburgh 10 years later and said to me ‘do you remember you told me that “comedy is first and foremost an artefact of memory”. and i had not remembered, you’ve talked and written about politics in the past but you are steering clear in have we met, i’m quite tired, personally, of current events. there’ll be a little bit, but i’m sure a lot of people feel the same. politics is so much in your face at the moment. and if you do satirical material it soon starts to feel as if it’s curling like yesterday’s sandwiches., which younger comedians do you rate, ivo graham. i’m pleased to say he’s got his hair under control now, which was the only thing that was holding him back. his haircut gave the impression of an old horsehair blanket. when he was at eton he wrote a long email to me explaining why i was his favourite comedian and why he was hoping that i would perform there at his behest., do you have a secret skill, i can juggle. i could keep five balls up in the air for about ten seconds at my height. it’s almost like a meditative practice, a nice little rhythm to keep up. i sometimes wonder whether i should bring it into the show., for more information and to buy tickets: thesimonevans.com.

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Comedian, Commentator, Curmudgeon

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Simon Evans is one of the UK’s most respected and best loved comedians. Familiar from TV and radio appearances, as well as for his live tour shows and festival appearances, he is particularly popular on the corporate and after dinner circuit. He has been at the top of his game now for over twenty years yet at this year’s Edinburgh festival was unanimously agreed to only be getting better.

His TV credits include two appearances on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo, one on Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, and a season of Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week. On BBC Radio 4 his series Simon Evans Goes to Market , has had six seasons, delighting audiences with his witty and insightful take on the comedically unpromising territory of economics, all of which prove among the most popular downloads on the Sounds App. He is also a regular on Radio 4’s The News Quiz , and various other panel games, and from 1998 to 2002 wrote and hosted eight series of the news satire, The Way It Is .

Simon’s live tour shows such as Friendly Fire , Leashed and most recently Genius 2.0 have sold out theatres around the country and garnered superlative reviews from national and comedy press. Dominic Maxwell described him as “demonically dry”, William Cook as “sublime”, and Chortle as “an evil delight”. At the Edinburgh Festival, Genius 2.0 received the rare and highly coveted ★★★★★ rating from The Scotsman—the reviewer describing it as a “Masterclass”.

On the corporate circuit, he is cherished for his ability to perform an entirely clean set without compromising on the laughs—but also to “strengthen” the language when appropriate, without descending into vulgarity. His relative maturity and reference points have made him a great hit with audiences who might find some of his peers’ comedy rather juvenile. He is also much sought after for awards functions etc for his air of authority and the ability to deliver from autocue or script with natural ease, panache and, when necessary, a good turn of pace.

Away from comedy, Simon enjoys many of the good things in life—wine, whisky and song, classical music, walking his Golden Retriever along the Sussex coast and doggedly trying to clear his reading pile. He’s a keen cyclist, hill walker and, twinges permitting, indoor rock climbing enthusiast. He is to date the only comedian to have appeared on both University Challenge: The Professionals (on the Comedians team, narrowly beaten by the eventual winners, The Ministry of Justice!) and Christmas University Challenge , representing his alma mater , Southampton. He also won Celebrity Mastermind in 2012, with his specialist subject being Sir Ernest Shackleton. He has appeared multiple times on various debate shows, including BBC Question Time and The Big Question , and on innumerable popular podcasts. In 1994, he became the only contestant in the history of The Krypton Factor to win his heat, only to be disqualified on a technicality!

In September 2019, Evans wrote and presented Simon Evans is Right , a relatively serious look at the difficulties faced by BBC Radio 4 in achieving political balance in their comedy output. He has not been heard on the network since. *

This is not comprehensive, for further information or clarification, please contact Verity at Off the Kerb: [email protected]

  • The Work Of The Devil (AKA Dressing For Dinner )—Edinburgh 2019, Tour 2020 on
  • Genius 2.0 —Edinburgh 2018, Tour 2018-19
  • Genius —Edinburgh 2017, Tour 2017-18
  • In The Money —2016, Tour 2016-2017
  • Leashed —2013, Tour 2014
  • Friendly Fire —Edinburgh Festival 2012, Tour 2012-13
  • Fringe Magnet – Edinburgh Festival 2010, Tour 2010-2011
  • Montreal Just for Laughs
  • Aspen Comedy Festival
  • New Zealand Comedy Festival
  • Cape Town Comedy Festival et al—various years.
  • Wide range of corporate events (with or without autocue!) and private functions of all kinds.
  • Forces entertainment in The Falklands [sic], Cyprus, Balkans, Germany, Persian Gulf.

Television Appearances

This is a selective list. For a longer list, see Wikipedia .

  • Question Time  (BBC1)
  • The Big Questions  (BBC1)
  • Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4)
  • Live at the Apollo  (BBC1)
  • Dara Ó Briain: School of Hard Sums  (Dave)
  • Mock the Week  (BBC2)
  • Dave’s One Night Stand  (Dave)
  • Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow  (BBC1)
  • Celebrity Mastermind (BBC 2)
  • University Challenge—The Professionals , BBC2.
  • Acclaimed acting performances in Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive and Fishing Show .

Television Writing

  • Not Going Out
  • The Big Breakfast
  • Johnny Vaughan Tonight
  • TV Heaven, Telly Hell
  • The Late Edition
  • They Think It’s All Over
  • Eight out of Ten Cats
  • Simon Evans Goes To Market
  • The News Quiz —guest host
  • The News Quiz —panellist
  • The Way It Is
  • Best Policy (Radio 4)—host
  • True Lies, A World Without… and others (Radio 4)—panellist
  • Beating The System (Radio 4)—sole writer and performer
  • Troublestarter (Radio 4), three-part series—sole writer and performer
  • The Mighty Boosh (Radio 4)—performer
  • The Big Booth (Radio 4)—performer
  • Armando Ianucci’s Charm Offensive
  • The Unbelievable Truth
  • True Lies and seven series as anchor and principal writer on
  • Writing credits include The Odd Half Hour and Lee Mack’s recent Radio Two show.

Voice-overs

  • Evans was for several years the voice of ‘Old Speckled Henry’, the fox in the Dave TV “Bumpers” for  Old Speckled Hen
  • Appeared in Strongbow TV commercials in 2005.
  • Extensive experience in improv.
  • Previous skills include juggling, law and writing erotic fiction. Should be a show in that, somewhere.

*[This is, in fact, a lie and Evans continues to perform regularly on The News Quiz etc.]

“Simon Evans new tour— The Work of the Devil —was first performed as “Dressing for Dinner” at the Edinburgh Festival in 2019 and garnered some of the best reviews of his long career. It sees Evans’ trademark critical glint balanced by an unusually personal, even revelatory tale that has given his comedy an unexpected depth—without sacrificing one single bark of laughter.”

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Review: violinist daniel hope offered romanticism and emotion in schubert club concert.

At first glance, the concert that violinist Daniel Hope presented Thursday night in St. Paul (repeated Friday morning) looked to be a tribute to the music of "La Belle Epoque," the era between 1875 and 1914 when Paris reasserted its international prowess as a creative center.

But a closer look suggests that Hope had a different kind of tribute in mind: By opening the evening with works by George Enescu and Fritz Kreisler and closing it with a sonata that César Franck wrote for Eugène Ysaÿe, he's trodding the turf of three of history's most masterful violinists. And holding his own quite well, thank you.

In tandem with English pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, Hope offered an evening of romanticism without histrionics, unfettered emotion without artifice. Although he touted the program as a tale of two cities — Paris and Vienna — it felt far more like a paean to passion.

And a forum for love, from Kreisler's dripping-with-longing "Liebesleid" to Franck's wedding present for Ysaÿe, the Sonata in A, to an encore of Edward Elgar's musical marriage proposal, "Salut d'Amour." Even Arnold Schoenberg sounded in the mood for love on his "Stuck" in D Minor. Hope and Crawford-Phillips played up the romance in each of the eight works they performed, leaving the enthusiastic audience to heave sweet sighs by evening's end.

The concert served as both a greeting and a goodbye. The program marks the season finale for the Schubert Club's International Artist Series, but Thursday's performance at the Ordway Concert Hall also launched a local residency for Hope, albeit a brief one. He's the Schubert Club's featured artist this season, but, rather than pop in and out of town over the course of nine months or so, he's presenting five concerts in four days, most with his baroque sextet, the AIR Ensemble.

That said, Thursday and Friday offered the best opportunity to discover why Hope is such a celebrated soloist. While those marvelous heartstring-plucking melodies by Kreisler and Franck were delivered with all the expressiveness you could want, the true revelations came on less frequently heard fare.

Such as Maurice Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 1, written when the composer was a 21-year-old conservatory student. There's plenty of evidence of the genius he would become, and Hope and Crawford-Phillips brought out the work's boldness and deep commitment to melodicism in the increasingly dramatic piece.

And then there was a work that didn't appear on the printed program: a side sojourn to Spain, courtesy of Manuel de Falla's Suite Populaire Espagnole. It was fiery and festive, solemn and straightforward, and Hope lent it a rustic swagger that suited the music splendidly.

While Gabriel Faure's "Andante" provided some deliciously sensual romanticism, the peak of the partnership of pianist and violinist came on the Franck sonata that made up the concert's second half. The duo proved particularly simpatico on a second movement that accelerated into explosiveness, followed by a heartbreakingly sorrowful slow movement and a finale featuring Franck's most memorable melody. As was the case all evening, the music radiated romance.

Daniel Hope

FamilyJam with the AIR Ensemble: 10 and 11:15 a.m. Sat., Schubert Club Museum, Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, free.

"A Baroque Journey" with the AIR Ensemble: 3 p.m. Sun., Luminary Arts Center, 700 N. 1st St., Mpls., $33.

Tickets: Students and children free for all concerts, 651-292-3268 or schubert.org .

Rob Hubbard is a Twin Cities classical music writer. Reach him at [email protected] .

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