The hilariously cynical Colin Murphy is once again gearing up to take the hand out of Strabane with his side-splitting Bald Ambition tour.
Erupting onto the Alley Theatre stage on Saturday February 10, the laugh-a-minute one man show will see the Blame Game panellist making humdrum fun at everything from 21st Century dating to being pitied by the homeless.
Originally from the market town of Ballynahinch, Colin is looking forward to poking fun at the humorous realities of small town life.
“I have toured all over the UK and Ireland, and by far the most interactive and interesting crowds are those from small towns,” the comedian said. “In London, everyone is either an IT consultant or works in Human Resources. In towns like Strabane, however, audiences are often populated with mechanics and builders, to whom banter and craic is a big part of the occupation. These crowds prove to be the most fun.”
With his current tour, Colin hopes to take full advantage of the up-front and fun loving nature of a Strabane audience.
“I am certain there will be some colourful characters in attendance,” he laughed. “One thing about a small town is everyone knows each other. A few years ago while in the Alley Theatre, a member of the crowd refused to disclose his name. Not to worry – a guy in the back of the audience took the liberty of doing this for him!
“The everyone knows everyone nature of these towns is where the real humour lies,” he said.
Following comedy roadshows in Scotland and Ireland in previous years, Colin is looking forward to bringing his first ‘non-shambolic’ tour to different locations in across Tyrone.
“If truth be told, I am very excited about this. Tours like this allow me to interact with different places and audiences, which is always very special.”
Indeed, Murphy feels the humour of Tyrone is something that sticks out within the county.
“One of the funniest things I can remember about Tyrone was my mate’s wedding there. He was marrying a girl from Pakistan, whose entire extended family were over for the occasion. My mate was from a family of real GAA enthusiasts – it’s unfortunate that the wedding took place on the same day Tyrone won the All-Ireland final. The contrast with the dry, civilised Pakistan wedding in one room and the drunken, uproarious delight of Tyrone supporters in the bar still makes me laugh to this day.”
• Colin Murphy’s Bald Ambition will come to the Alley Theatre on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Tickets are £16-£18 and are available now from the Alley Box Office.