SIMON EVANS NEWS
The critically acclaimed show in which Simon Evans sets himself the challenge of making economics funny returns to BBC Radio 4 this week.
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Host of BBC Radio 4's Goes to Market and star of BBC One's Live at the Apollo Simon Evans has been immersing himself in economics for the last couple of years, like a pig immersing itself in organic cleansing elements. He has unpicked why the French don't want to own their own home (sex, obvs), why mass spectrometers reveal Americans to literally be made of corn, and why Alco-Synth - the effects of alcohol but with an effective antidote - is not likely to be appearing at a wine bar near you in the near future, despite having been invented years ago. As usual the whole thing deteriorates swiftly into a heartfelt rant about his children but these are at least the lofty aspirations he starts with this time.
As Bill Clinton said - 'It's the Economy, Stupid!' Though he also said, 'For Christ's sake Monica, I'll never get it to light now.' So what does he know?
Monday 10 – Saturday 15 August, 7:30pm Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 August, 9:30pm Monday 10th + Tuesday 11th £10 previews £15 (£12.50) midweek £17.50 (£15) Friday/ Saturday
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Hugely popular both in comedy clubs and on the after-dinner and corporate circuit, Evans excels in routines that are adult in the best sense of the word, prompting reviewers to describe him as demonically dry Dominic Maxwell, Metro and sublime William Cook, The Guardian.
Evans is well respected by his peers. He’s the writer of choice for Dara O Briain, Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Marcus Brigstocke and Lee Mack among others. He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 as a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive. Evans has anchored and written seven series of the news satire The Way It Is. He’s also laboured bravely in the face of ultimately overwhelming opposition as part of the Comedians’ team on University Challenge – The Professionals.
As well as the usual comedy clubs and festivals, Evans has focused on making in-roads into the sports and fundraising after-dinner speaking circuit and corporate events. He performs regularly for organisations such as the Variety Club and the Lord’s Taverners and bookers such as JLA, David Trick and Roger de Courcey. His style of comedy, his ability to perform an entirely clean set without compromising on the laughs (but also to ‘strengthe’’ the language when appropriate, without descending into vulgarity) and his relative maturity and reference points have made him a great hit with audiences perhaps tired of hearing the same old jokes from some of the more mainstream comedians.
Notwithstanding the stand up comedy shows (too numerous to detail), a pre-comedy appearance on The Krypton Factor (1994), commercials for Strongbow cider and losing on University Challenge (2007), you could say Simon’s done quite a bit on TV and radio.