Grand Opera House York
Saturday 1 June 2019
Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton are back on the road in 2019 to visit some of their favourite parts of the UK with another evening of mind-blowing impro. The collective experience of on the spot adlibbing embodied in the Chums is enough to stun an elephant. They flex their improvisational muscles to delight and entertain audiences in this country and abroad.
Paul Merton is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players, he still appears at the Comedy Store in London most Sundays. He is a resident guest on BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute and is an established face on TV shows such as the hugely popular Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (BBC4/2), Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood (BBC 2) and his travel series for Channel Five, Paul Merton’s Adventures which covered his travels in India, China and Europe. His recent autobiography, Only When I Laugh reached the Sunday Times bestseller Top 10 and his Channel 4 series Paul Merton’s Secret Stations has been hugely popular.
Mike McShane has been lucky enough to live by improvising with friends and making friends by improvising. He appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Little Shop of Horrors and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. TV work includes Doctor Who, Bluestone 42 (BBC) and Wayward Pines (FOX), and can currently be seen in the webisode western, Red Bird.
Lee Simpson is Co-Artistic Director of Improbable, one of the country’s foremost theatre companies. He became a member of the Comedy Store Players in 1989 and along with Richard Vranch co-wrote and performed on Paul Merton – The Tour and Paul Merton – The Palladium, he also directed Paul Merton – And This is Me.
Richard Vranch improvises and writes comedy, and he voices adverts and documentaries. He also works as a stand-up comic and an actor. Dr Vranch has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof Brian Cox, and he is half of the hula-hoop act Dr Hula. He’s toured the world from Mexico to Palestine acting in sketch shows, and appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe since 1979.
Suki Webster is a regular guest of The Comedy Store Players and has toured the world with Paul Merton And His Impro Chums. Suki’s play, My Obsession, in which she also starred, was broadcast on Radio 4 in April 2018. Her own improvisation show Suki Webster’s Guest Speaker continues to grow in its success. TV work includes Giles Wemmbley Hogg (BBC 2) and Ross Noble’s directorial debut The Catchment (Sky). She also recently co-wrote and was Assistant Director on Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood (BBC2).