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Twenty years ago Al Murray dug out the early stages of a burgeoning entertainment career playing second fiddle to an up-and-coming Harry Hill as part of the novelty rock group The Pub Band International. Looking for a character to compliment Hill’s routine before an all-important performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Murray made the decision to put down his drumsticks and instead pull up a pint, transforming himself into the jingoistic but affable pub landlord character which has come to define his career, earning him multiple comedy awards and accolades, a short-lived Sky One sitcom as well as a prime-time ITV1 series back in 2007.

On Sunday 8th February, Murray will be taking his 20 Years at the Lager Top tour to the North East of England with a performance at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, where fans can expect the same mix of social satire and national critique all backed up, of course, by the obligatory Queen soundtrack. The character however is a long way away from the real Murray. Oxbridge educated and an acclaimed author in and out of character, Murray also has a keen political eye. His great-great grandfather and grandmother were members of parliament and Murray himself is planning to stand in the 2015 General Election in the South Thanet constituency, going head to head with UKIP Leader Nigel Farage. It is knowing that gives Murray’s comedy so much more of a satirical and observant edge then first impressions may make you believe.

Murray’s comedy routine promises to be as entertaining as ever, with a perfect mix of satire, people-pleasing pomp and circumstance… and glass of white wine for the ladies.

Al Murray comes to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle on Sunday 8th February.

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