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Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop And Stand Up

In 2009 I decided to do a big bike ride. I cycled from the southernmost point of the British mainland to the easternmost, then the westernmost and finally the northernmost point. From Lizard Point to Lowestoft Ness to Ardnamurchan to Dunnet Head. It's about 1600 miles.

Initially I was planning it just as a bike ride. It seemed more than enough as it was. But around the same time I'd also started going back to the clubs and doing bits of stand up. When the idea of combining the two was first mooted it was irresistible. The deal I struck with my agent was that I'd allow them to book a tour along the way but only if they accepted certain conditions. Firstly... the route came first. Cycling between the four corners is a big task and I wasn't going to add in any big detours because there was a theatre available in town A or City B. The ride came first. Secondly... I wasn't going to take a day off. I know myself. I know that I need momentum to keep something like that up. If I spent a day off waiting for a venue to come available then I'd find it much, much harder to get on the bike the next day. There had to be a ride each day... and a show each night.

They agreed... and set about the mammoth task of booking things up. It's quite a tricky task. If you look at anyone else's tour poster you'll see that they're playing Aberdeen one night and Portsmouth the next. That's because that's when the venues are available. And as a rule, a venue doesn't want you appearing fifty miles up the road the next day because it can split their audience. They sometimes put clauses in your contract to prevent it.

So finding a venue roughly 50 miles up the road each day was a tough ask. But they did it. I think the shortest ride was just 30 miles and the longest was around 90. But it happened. As well as regular theatres, I performed in a few village halls, a hotel bar, a train carriage and a barn... but it happened.

2009 TOUR: SIT DOWN, PEDAL, PEDAL, STOP AND STAND UP

When

Where

Whereabouts

August 30, 2009
SOLD OUT

Grampound (nr Truro)

Grampound Village Hall

August 31, 2009
SOLD OUT

Liskeard

Sterts Theatre

September 1, 2009
SOLD OUT

Exeter

Northcott Theatre

September 2, 2009
SOLD OUT

Taunton

The Brewhouse

September 3, 2009
SOLD OUT

Bristol

Colston Hall

September 4, 2009
SOLD OUT

Swindon

Wyvern Theatre

September 5, 2009
SOLD OUT

High Wycombe

Wycombe Town Hall

September 6, 2009
SOLD OUT

Cambridge

Corn Exchange

September 7, 2009
SOLD OUT

Ipswich

Regent Theatre

September 8, 2009

Lowestoft

Marina Theatre

September 9, 2009

Kings Lynn

Corn Exchange

September 10, 2009
SOLD OUT

Peterborough

The Cresset Theatre

September 11, 2009
SOLD OUT

Leicester

The Y Theatre

September 12, 2009
SOLD OUT

Stoke on Trent

Victoria Hall

September 13, 2009
SOLD OUT

Salford

The Lowry Centre

September 14, 2009
SOLD OUT

Preston

The Guildhall

September 15, 2009
SOLD OUT

Lancaster

Grand Theatre

September 16, 2009
SOLD OUT

Kendal

Brewery Arts Centre

September 17, 2009
SOLD OUT

Threlkeld, nr Keswick

Threlkeld Village Hall

September 18, 2009
SOLD OUT

Carlisle

The Brickyard

September 19, 2009
SOLD OUT

Dumfries

Bridgend Theatre

September 20, 2009

Cumnock

Town Hall

September 21, 2009
SOLD OUT

Glasgow

The Pavilion

September 22, 2009

Dumbarton

Denny Civic Hall

September 23, 2009

Ardlui

The Ardlui Hotel

September 24, 2009
SOLD OUT

Fort William

Fired Art

September 25, 2009

Ardnamurchan

The Big Barn, Sonachan Hotel

September 26, 2009
SOLD OUT

Glenfinnan

Railway Station Dining Car

September 27, 2009

Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus Public Hall

September 28, 2009
SOLD OUT

Inverness

The Ironworks

September 29, 2009

Dornoch

Carnegie Hall

September 30, 2009
SOLD OUT

Lyth

Lyth Arts Centre

 

I had a great time. And I think it's safe to say that when I arrived at Dunnet Head on October 1st that year I was the fittest I've ever been. And the fittest I'll ever be.

The show was well received and lots of venues that weren't on the route asked if they could host the show so I did another tour in the spring of 2010 of the same show. But I didn't cycle between venues. It wasn't really possible and it wasn't really the point. It was never a show about cycling in any case and I didn't do the original bike ride in order to do a tour... I let an existing bike ride become a tour. So the second batch of dates became a conventional tour of the same show... although I kept the same title because I didn't want anyone to come along and buy a ticket thinking it was meant to be a different show.

2010 EXTENDED TOUR: SIT DOWN, PEDAL, PEDAL, STOP AND STAND UP (ONLY WITHOUT THE PEDAL, PEDAL BIT)

When

Where

Whereabouts

February 11
SOLD OUT

Preston

Guildhall

February 12

Sheffield

City Hall

February 13
SOLD OUT

Nottingham

Royal Concert Hall

February 14
SOLD OUT

Reading

The Hexagon

February 15

Edinburgh

Festival Theatre

February 16
SOLD OUT

Bradford

St. George's Hall

February 17

Oxford

New Theatre

February 18
SOLD OUT

Derby

Assembly Rooms

February 19
SOLD OUT

York

Grand Opera House

February 20
SOLD OUT

London

Hammersmith Apollo

February 24

Folkestone

Leas Cliff Halls

February 25

Southend

Cliffs Pavilion

February 26
SOLD OUT

Bournemouth

Pavilion

February 27
SOLD OUT

Cambridge

Corn Exchange

February 28
SOLD OUT

Tunbridge Wells

Assembly Theatre

March 3

Portsmouth

Guildhall

March 4

Plymouth

Pavilions

March 5
SOLD OUT

Bedford

Corn Exchange

March 6
SOLD OUT

High Wycombe

The Swan

March 7
SOLD OUT

Newcastle

Theatre Royal

March 10
SOLD OUT

Cheltenham

Town Hall

March 11
SOLD OUT

Cardiff

St. David's Hall

March 12
SOLD OUT

Birmingham

Alexandra

March 13
SOLD OUT

Salford

The Lowry Centre

March 14
SOLD OUT

Brighton

Theatre Royal

March 17
SOLD OUT

Bolton

Albert Halls

March 18

Stoke on Trent

Victoria Hall

March 19
SOLD OUT

Coventry

Warwick Arts Centre

March 20

Liverpool

The Empire

March 21

Blackburn

King George's Hall

March 24
SOLD OUT

Aberdeen

Music Hall

March 25
SOLD OUT

Glasgow

Kings Theatre

March 26
SOLD OUT

Dorking

Dorking Halls

March 27

Belfast

Waterfront Hall

March 28
SOLD OUT

Basingstoke

The Anvil

March 30
SOLD OUT

Leicester

De Montfort Hall

March 31
SOLD OUT

Llandudno

Venue Cymru