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What happens to the King after he is deposed? A question to ask perhaps of Richard Herring, often (with a tongue in cheek) referred to in the press as the ‘King of Edinburgh’, who by his own admission found his crown slipping this year. An ambitious attempt to stage both a new hour of comedy and a self-written play, I Killed Rasputin, led to Herring calling a hiatus on the Fringe citing exhaustion with the process and the general financial black hole that is the modern-day Fringe.

Instead of travelling up in August then, you’ll have to catch this veteran comedian on tour which – and how handy for this article is this – is exactly what Herring is doing right now.

His latest show, Lord of the Dance Settee, finds Herring at his most silly and spontaneous. Mixing up thoughts on aging and the perils of nostalgia with a hefty dose of slapstick, there’s still plenty of the gleeful crudeness and puerility that Herring has made his own, but the warmth of his comedy has very much been brought up to the surface this time around. Routines about John Donne and sexism sit alongside gags about sombreros and jumping around a ‘stunt sofa’: the silly and the sublime in ideal harmony.

Richard Herring comes to The Stand, Newcastle on Tuesday 17th March.

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