Rob Brydon is a UK panel-show and TV comedy stalwart whose film credits include Swimming With Men, Early Man, Cinderella and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But he might be best known for his role as Steve Coogan’s best friend and primary source of frustration in the comedy series (and movies) The Trip, the first instalment of which was released in 2010.
In the show the pair travels around the north of England reviewing restaurants for the Observer while their impersonations and gentle bickering explore the subtleties of middle age and male friendship. It’s a warm and hilarious series that has a devoted following, not least because of Brydon’s improvisational comedy.
In Brydon’s stand-up show I Am Standing Up, which is coming to Australia in July for the first time, these skills take centre stage. Fans of the Welsh actor – whose influences include Barry Humphries, Peter Sellers and Woody Allen –will be comforted to know there are no big surprises. Expect a humorous, witty and charming exploration of ageing, impersonations and the occasional improvised song.
Rob Brydon will be at Melbourne's Palais Theatre, St Kilda on Saturday March 23, 2019. Tickets go on sale to the general public from 2pm on Friday July 20. Get yours here.