Ince goes it alone

Robin Ince
Robin Ince

SOME may know him as the long suffering support act of Ricky Gervais, a victim of the megalomaniac comedian’s incessant pranks.

But since the creator of The Office moved state-side, Robin Ince has carved out his own niche and found popularity by merging comedy and science.

Robin found a new buddy for his sellout national tour of ‘Uncaged Monkeys’, in Professor Brian Cox, and as co-presenter of BBC Radio four’s Sony Gold Award winning series ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’.

Robin is now going it alone as he continues his comic exploration of the human condition in his new autumn show.

In the performance – which had a successful run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – the spectacled comedian asks “can you be happy and rational at the same time?”. He explores a world of Schrödinger cats, multiverses and evolutionary conundrums while muddling through the craggy landscape of evolution.

For the 42-year-old, the constant touring of his various successful comedy shows has had a very unexpected outcome.

He said: “Over the last five years, my love of misguided guides and peripheral poetry pamphlets has bordered on obsession.

“Life on the road has taken me the length and breadth of the country and has allowed me to spend many an afternoon scouring second-hand bookshops, turning the yellowed pages of classics such as What Would Jesus Eat?.

“I have rummaged through jumble sales, and even the odd skip, constantly on the search for the best of the truly bad.

“In fact my tattered collection of “killer crab” novels currently stands taller than my child”.

Despite his penchant for poetry, Robin takes aim for science at The Stand on Sunday.

Spend an entertaining evening in Robin’s company as he plumbs the depths of his own murky consciousness, all without the aid of a safety net from 8.30pm at the comedy club in Woodlands.

Tickets are £10 from the venue itself, or phone 0844 335 8879 to book ahead.