Harry Hill: Sausage Time
Live on tour for the first time in 6 years!
'Hill constructs a world of his own crazed invention... The effect is like being repeatedly tickled: he wears you down until you're giggling like a merry idiot.'
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
Back on the live stage for the first time in six years, Harry Hill today announced a 40 date tour of the UK for spring 2013. Kicking off in Canterbury on 7 February 2013, Harry’s tour bus will call at Oxford, Liverpool, York, Coventry, Tunbridge Wells, Nottingham, Derby, Southend, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Leicester, Bournemouth, Sheffield, Watford, Northampton, Guildford, Ipswich, Brighton, Cambridge, Newcastle, Bristol, Salford, Glasgow, London and Leeds before finishing up in Edinburgh on 30 March 2013.
The self-styled floppy-collared loon is back with a show that promises incontrovertible proof that God exists. Joined by showband ‘The Harry’s’, there’s a section exclusively for Tongans, a chance to catch up on Harry’s Nan’s latest ailments, the legendary Stouffer the Cat and a debut solo stand-up spot by Gary, Harry’s son from his first marriage and recognisable for his role as Alan Sugar in Harry Hill’s TV Burp. There’ll be expert-whistler-of-chart-hits grandson Sam and an all-singing, all-dancing finale. Oh, and a giant sausage.
As creator and star of the hit show TV Burp (ITV1), Harry firmly established himself in the Saturday night, primetime television schedules fronting a staggering 11 series of the show over a ten year period. The show scooped three BAFTA awards, two British Comedy Awards and the coveted Rose D’Or Award at the Montreux International Television Festival. Described by The Sunday Telegraph as 'consistently one of the funniest shows on air', TV Burp was Harry’s unique take on the week’s TV, featuring sketches, observational voiceovers and special guest appearances. The show, which The Guardian Guide raved was 'one of the wittiest, sharpest shows on the box', regularly topped 8 million viewers and led to four spin off ‘best of’ DVD releases as well as Harry’s hugely successful, Harry Hill's TV Burp Book (Ebury). Most recently the show was nominated in two categories at the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards, the first for Best Entertainment Programme and the second for Best Entertainment Performance for Harry.
Having nurtured his unique brand of comedy on Harry Hill’s Fruit Corner (Radio 4), Harry made the transfer to the small screen back in 1994 with Harry Hill’s Fruit Fancies (BBC2), a series of six black and white shorts.
This was followed in 1997 with the award winning comedy sketch show, Harry Hill (C4) which ran for three series. Featuring a mix of sketches and standup Harry Hill co-starred Al Murray and Burt Kwouk and introduced us to Stouffer the Cat and the Badger Parade. As part of Channel 4’s 30th birthday programming, Harry recently wrote and directed Whatever Happened to Harry Hill, a commemorative mock documentary, to air on Thursday 23 August, in which he tracked down the main characters from the show to see how they had fared since the show ended in the nineties.
Harry’s additional television credits include The All New Harry Hill Show (ITV1) and You’ve Been Framed (ITV1) of which he is presenter. Harry was also honored with the special one-off shows, An Audience With Harry Hill (ITV1) and This is Your Life. In addition Harry has appeared on The Royal Variety Performance (BBC1), Celebrity Stars in their Eyes (ITV1) in which he performed as Morrissey and Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ITV1). Harry also created and starred in Shark Infested Custard (CiTV), a children’s stand-up and sketch show which saw the return of Stouffer the Cat. At the end of last year he wrote and directed his own short, Harry Hill’s Little Cracker for the second of Sky’s series of comedy shorts, Little Crackers. On the other side of the pond, Harry has made seven appearances on the legendary Late Show with David Letterman (CBS).
As well as his TV Burp Book, the success of Harry Hill’s Whopping Joke Book (Faber) made him the best-selling children’s author of 2008. Other writing credits include Flight from Deathrow (Time Warner), Harry Hill Fun Book and his children’s books Further Adventures of the Queen Mum, Tim the Tiny Horse and Tim the Tiny Horse at Large (Faber and Faber). In 2010 Harry released his comedy show business diary Livin’ the Dream (Faber) as well as his first ever comedy album, Funny Times (Island Records).
Harry most recently exhibited his paintings and sculptures, My Hobby, at Edinburgh Art Festival and is currently writing X Factor - The Musical, to be produced for the West End.
Since winning the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the 1992 Edinburgh Fringe, Harry has toured extensively with Pub Internationale (1994), Savlon 2000, Harry Hill Live (1995), Man Alive (1997), First Class Scamp (1998), Birdstrike (2000), We Know Where You Live (2001) and his most recent live tour Hooves (2006), but he’s not been on the live stage for six years, until now…
What the press have said about TV Burp…
'Suddenly, all is right with the world, because Harry Hill’s TV Burp is back. It’s ITV1’s greatest comedy asset and it’s just wonderful. Witty, funny, surreal and silly, TV Burp is what Saturday nights are for.'
Alison Graham, Radio Times
'A brilliantly fizzy mix of pie-in-face clownery for the kids and grown-up innuendos that sail nail-bitingly close to the wind.'
Max Braxton, Radio Times
'The absurdities of TV land are laid bare, with the welcome return of its premier clown.'
Mail on Sunday
'Hooray! The return of the funniest show on telly… TV Burp.'
Kevin O’Sullivan, Sunday Mirror
'His rare talent is to spin this week’s telly into daft sketches - and dare we say it - sophisticated running gags, which are curve ball and clever enough to be consistently entertaining. Saturday nights, and watching television, just wouldn’t be the same without him.'
David Chater, Times Saturday Review
'The man oozes genius.'
Mike Ward, Daily Star
'A rare and beautiful comedy hit that built an audience through word of mouth.'
Ally Ross, The Sun
'TV Burp is the funniest show on British television.'
Chris Moyles, BBC Radio 1
'The funniest show on telly.'
Boyd Hilton, Heat
'The only show that I series link.'
Ian Hyland, News of the World
'Harry Hill’s TV Burp is the only thing on TV that actually makes me laugh out loud.'