After the 2016 sell-out tour, Larks in Transit, Bill returns to Australia and New Zealand with his new musicomedy show, Earl of Whimsy. It has Bill’s trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd sing-alongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers. But there’s a distinctly historical feel to this show. With its tales of Britain’s fortunes past and present, of ancient Viking battles, of Shakespeare’s contribution to comedy, and Bill’s own ancestry, this is both a mockery and a celebration of national identity.
It’s also a journey of discovery. We find out where Knock Knock jokes came from, how we got days of the week, and why Nicky Minaj rejected a puffin sample for her latest single. There are lively audience discussions, a mass German singalong, and even some Cockney crab-dancing. Something for everyone.
Bill will delight comedy fans when he takes up residence once again at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre in the heart of the West End, having last performed there during a sell out run of his show Dandelion Mind back in 2010. The residency will run from 3rd December 2018 until 5th January 2019.
Due to popular demand, Bill will once again be touring Larks in Transit up and down the Kingdom, starting in Brighton on the 4th May 2019 and ending in Bournemouth on the 11th June 2019.
Tickets can be purchased using the individual venue ticket links below or all can be bought through Ticketmaster.
Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, he tackles politics, philosophy, the pursuit of happiness, death metal, ringtones… and an excruciating encounter with Paul McCartney. Two decades of life as a comic filtered through what the Daily Telegraph calls ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.
The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show LIMBOLAND. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. From his countless global travels, he recounts the hilarious saga of a disastrous family trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights. He rails against a world that doesn’t match up to our expectations and contemplates the true nature of happiness. And no Bill Bailey show would be complete without music, so we have Bill’s version of the protest song, a heart‐rending country and western ballad played on a Bible, and a fabulously downbeat version of Happy Birthday.
After receiving rave reviews in Australia and New Zealand, Bill returns to the UK with his new tour entitled ‘Qualmpeddler’… A brilliant mix of stand-up, stories, music and old-fashioned wit distilled from his own extraordinary experiences and reactions to the modern world, he looks at Cut-Price Shark Diving, The Hiding Skills of Dentists, A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance & Internet Shopping, Mandarin Ambiguity, Religious Dubstep, and Fashioning Replacement Hamsters. All in all, vintage Bill Bailey with trademark musical mash-ups, multi-lingual riffs, films, songs, philosophizing and silliness on a grand scale…plus one amazing owl.
Recorded at The Hammersmith Apollo, London in June 2013. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Download to Own.
Featuring Bill’s trademark musical interludes, observations and stories of the road, Dandelion Mind will be based loosely on the theme of doubt (or will it?), as we follow Bill from his real-life saga of being trapped by the ash cloud, to his barely contained rants about celebrity, TV, creationism and Michael Winner. He demonstrates new instruments, both ancient and modern, he sings an internet love song, a lament about punk heroes, Iranian hip-hop, and plays a mean folk-bouzouki. Thomas the Doubter gets a new look, and Darwin’s curious obsessions and the myth of intelligent design are all worked over in Bailey’s own surreal style. He revisits the music of his youth, with a brand-new French Disco re-working of Gary Numan’s hit, Cars, played in his own inimitable way, and maybe some Wurzel-based remixes of classic German techno. Just your normal Bill Bailey gig, then. Recorded at Dublin’s O2 in October 2010. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Download to Own.
Bill Bailey joins forces with the brilliantly versatile BBC Concert Orchestra and musical maestro Anne Dudley, one of the UK’s most celebrated composers and arrangers. The show is Bill’s own uniquely hilarious and irreverent guide to the sounds, styles, and instruments of the orchestra, with a wide and eclectic range of subjects, including music for 70’s cop shows, sci-fi films, horror movies, news themes, plus some of Bill’s own songs re-imagined for an orchestra, and including Anne’s own specially written new works.
Recorded at The Royal Albert Hall, London in October 2008. Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Download to Own.
Instead of braving the elements by performing at festivals this year, Bill has decided to move indoors where the acoustics are better and the Tibetan Hat stalls are less frequent. Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s seminal work, ‘On the Origin of Species’, Bill continues to provide the masses with his comedic take on the world, showing us all that he is really is one of a kind.
From the imagination of Bill Bailey, experience Tinselworm – a visually stunning comedy and music extravaganza. It’s everything you expect from Bill, and more. Using huge screens, films and animation by award-winning film-maker Joe Magee, plus Bill’s trademark musical inventiveness and verbal brilliance, this is quite simply the most spectacular one-man comedy show ever staged in the UK.
Recorded at Wembley Arena, London in November 2007. Available on DVD and Download to Own.
Bill casts a whimsical eye over subjects such as celebrity and dutch hip-hop, and performs such diverse material as a jazz version of the Imperial March, and the Friends theme as played by Slayer.
2004 saw Bill perform his hugely successful live show, Part Troll, to a massive 80,000 people following a series of added dates to this sell-out 52 date tour of the UK. A unique blend of the off-the-wall comedy and music for which Bill has become acclaimed, Part Troll tells how Bill’s native West Country accent cost him a part in Lord Of The Rings and why swimming with dolphins shouldn’t be on everyone’s list of ‘top 50 things to do before you die’. Bill also explains the real reasons for our poor rail network; fluff from Saturn, dragons and Gameboy Tetris, as well as provides an insight into what actually goes on during one of President Bush’s ‘briefings’.
Recorded at The Hammersmith Apollo, London in June 2004. Available on DVD and Download to Own.
In this classic show, Bill explains why Bryan Adams is perhaps the greatest ever exponent of the rock anthem, demonstrates the influence Cockney music has had on the great classical composers, and warns of the perils of a world ruled by insects, while playing the second biggest gong in Britain.
Recorded at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London in 1996. Available on DVD and Download to Own.