Chris Addison takes to the Derngate stage

MHDE'Chris Addison
MHDE'Chris Addison

A POPULAR comedian known for television and films will be bringing his new stand up show to Northampton.

Chris Addison, known for his appearances in the sitcom The Thick Of It as well as being a regular panelist on the satirical news quiz Mock The Week, will be performing at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton on Thursday, February 23 with his new show called The Time Is Now, Again.

Speaking about the tour, Chris said: “There is no theme to the show, it is going to be me telling jokes. It is how I started and the acting and writing has led on from that.

“I see myself as a comedian and it is an environment I really like because you get an immediate reaction which is very nice.”

It is a return to his roots for Chris who is currently in the middle of a UK tour which runs until March.

Chris added: “I started as a stand up comedian, so I would write material and then take it on the road and tour around some of the universities and other places for a few months. And then I would start writing another show.

“I like having a lot of variety, I have a break from doing acting and then I would go back to it excited to be acting. When I do some acting, I start to miss doing stand up, so I like doing lots of different things.

“The tour is going really well so far, there has been a lot of feedback and some nice comments from the audience.”

He was also full of praise for the theatre.

Chris said: “I came to Northampton on the last tour I did and it is a lovely place to perform.

“My usual experience of touring venues is the back of a theatre, seeing the audience and leaving again. However, it was a lovely audience at Northampton and am looking forward to going back there.”

It is already a busy time for Chris who is making plans for after the tour.

He added: “After the tour, we will start filming the next series of The Thick Of It and then it will be a case of recording the new series of Mock the Week.”

He does have a very persuasive reason for encouraging people to come along and see his new show.

Chris said: “I have a lot of very compromising photos of everyone in Northampton and its environs which will be published unless people come and see the show!”

The show starts at 7.45pm and tickets cost £21. They can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or visiting

He will also be appearing at Milton Keynes Theatre on Thursday February 2. Tickets cost £20 for the gig which starts at 8pm. For more information, visit