Remind Norman about Red Dwarf when he comes to Hitchin? He’d Lovett...
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Norman Lovett has a hangdog look about him at the best of times,and that’s only to be expected if you spend your life being quizzed about your brief spell as the hologram in cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf.
But Norman has been a dry and deadpan presence on the comedy circuit since way back when.
He played the London’s original Comedy Store, the springboard of the whole stand-up revolution, on countless occasions – once supporting punk rock legends The Clash, which he sees as a personal career highlight.
He’s had his own BBC2 sitcom and other small screen credits galore, but still those Red Dwarf fans want to know about Kryten, Rimmer and Cat and their outer-space adventures.
He occupied the on-board screen as a disembodied and dismissive head for four series, but that’s only part of his portfolio.
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He is soon to be heard alongside Lucy Beamont and Maureen Lipman in the new BBC Radio 4 Comedy To Hull And Back, but you can catch him at the monthly Mostlycomedy gig at Hitchin’s Market Theatre on Thursday, March 19.
Norman has been a Mostly man in the past, and so has support act Tom Goodliffe, a former accountant who swapped spreadsheets for spotlights in 2007 and as well as ticking the Hitchin box has performed as far afield as Hong Kong and New Zealand.
The bar is open on the night from 8.30pm, with the first act taking the stage at 9.15pm. Tickets are £9.50, and can be booked in advance at www.mostlycomedy.co.uk.
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Also on the comedy front, Mock The Week regular Andy Parsons will be rocking up at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre the following night.
He’s in the middle of a nationwide Live & Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious tour, his fifth big arena show.
Although he comes across as a bit of a rough diamond, Andy studied law at Cambridge where he met long-time comedy partner Henry Naylor.
Expect sharp topical comedy that doesn’t pull any punches when he arrives at the Gordon Craig on Friday, March 20. Call 01438 363 200, or visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk for full details.