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The Legal Profession's Loss Is Comedy's Gain
He could be delivering an impassioned speech in a high-profile court case, but Stephen K Amos is perfectly happy to make an impression on a totally different kind of stage.

Stephen was about to embark on a career in the legal profession when a comedy opportunity suddenly arose.

Stephen K Amos, Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Stephen K Amos embarking on a new UK tour


And, after 15 years of comedy graft which belies the modern-day search for 'instant fame', he has now earned the right to call himself 'The Laughter Master' as he sets out on a new UK stand-up tour.

Stephen, who appears at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on November 11, kicked off his new tour on Bonfire Night, November 5, following a six week stint in Australia and New Zealand.

He said after his opening night performance: "I just literally came back from Australia three days ago and I'm still not quite sure of where I am at the moment. I've been there many times before but I normally have a week before I start touring here to acclimatise."

Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Lichfield Garrick Theatre plays host to top comedian


Stephen treated comedy audiences Down Under to his previous 'Welcome To My World' show which UK fans saw him perform a couple of years ago.

But his new 'The Laughter Master' tour builds on what he was working on during the recent Edinburgh Festival.

He says of the new show: "There's a lot of doom and gloom in the world and a lot of conflict going on everywhere, such as the refugee crisis and now the people stranded in Egypt. But I thought we're all the same underneath so let's all laugh together. There but for the grace of God go any of us. It's just a lottery that we were born here."

Lichfield Garrick Theatre
The main theatre should be packed for Stephen's visit


The 45-year-old London-born comic has enjoyed regular appearances in recent years on television shows such as Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week, as well as his own BBC Radio 4 series, What Does The K Stand For? But he never intended to follow a career in comedy.

Adds Stephen: "It was never a driving ambition to become a comedian. When I was growing up as a kid comedy didn't do anything for me at all. But then someone I knew who thought I was funny said why not give it a go.

"When I did start it still wasn't about finding a career, it was about having a laugh. I was just about to launch into a legal career when I was asked to host five comedy nights in London. It
wasn't my remit to be a comedian but I really enjoyed it. It was a joyous, free-thinking environment.

Stephen K Amos, Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Catch funnyman Stephen K Amos at Lichfield Garrick

"Back then, some 15 years ago, I was quite fearless and didn't take things literally, so I thought 'what's the worst thing that can happen - people won't laugh'? It wasn't a question of life or death, although I could have died on stage!"

Stephen admits it was a "gradual process" to become established as a comedian.

"There weren't the TV comedy panel shows back then, not like now. It was probably nine years before I was asked to do a comedy show on television so at least I had a huge amount of material I could use.

"Nowadays, if you go on a reality TV show you become famous, or become a celebrity which is a word I detest. It all seems to be personality-driven and it doesn't matter whether you can act, sing or tell jokes.

Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Lichfield Garrick Theatre

"You don't need to have put in the hard work beforehand. It's all very immediate. But I like to think I would be a lawyer now if I hadn't done this."

Stephen is now hoping to crack the other side of the Atlantic once his new UK tour ends in February.

"I am going to America to do a pilot television show. It's a sitcom but I don't want to tempt fate by saying anything about it. Hopefully that will be picked up over there."

But whatever the verdict from America, Stephen will continue with his radio show and also plans to return to Australia for another couple of months.

Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Main stage of Lichfield Garrick Theatre


Tickets for the Lichfield Garrick cost 17, and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.

Tour dates

DATE CITY VENUE


NOV 5 FARNHAM ASHCROFT ARTS CENTRE www3.hants.gov.uk/ashcroft.htm

NOV 6 SOUTHEND PALACE THEATRE www.southendtheatres.org.uk

NOV 11 LICHFIELD GARLIC THEATRE www.lichfieldgarrick.com

NOV 12 TRING COURT THEATRE www.get-stuffed.biz

NOV 13 MARGATE THEATRE ROYA www.theatreroyalmargate.com

NOV 14 NEW MILTON FOREST ARTS CENTRE www3.hants.gov.uk/forest

NOV 15 BRISTOL TOBACCO FACTORY www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com

NOV 17 BORDON PHOENIX THEATR www.phoenixarts.co.uk

NOV 20 MAIDENHEAD NORDEN FARM www.norden.farm

NOV 21 MAIDENHEAD NORDEN FARM www.norden.farm

DEC 2 ALDERSHOT WEST END CENTRE www3.hants.gov.uk/westendcentre

DEC 4 GUILDFORD ELECTRIC THEATR www.guildford.gov.uk/electrictheatre

DEC 5 DIDCOT CORNERSTONE www.cornerstone-arts.org

DEC 6 MILTON KEYNES THE STABLES www.stables.org

DEC 10 COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE www.colchesterartscentre.com

DEC 11 MILLOM BEGGAR'S THEATRE www.beggarstheatre.co.uk

DEC 12 BARNARD CASTLE THE WITHAM www.thewitham.org.uk

JAN 15 WORCESTER HUNTINGDON HALL www.worcesterlive.co.uk

JAN 16 OLD REP THEATRE BIRMINGHAM www.oldreptheatre.org.uk

JAN 17 POCKLINGTON ARTS CENTRE www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk

JAN 22 BURY ST EDMUNDS THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyal.org

JAN 23 BUXTON PAVILION ARTS CENTRE www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/pavilion-arts-centre

JAN 24 SALFORD THE LOWRY www.thelowry.com

JAN 25 LEEDS CITY VARIETIES www.cityvarieties.co.uk/Online/default.asp

JAN 26 LIVERPOOL UNITY THEATRE www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

JAN 28 SWANSEA GRAND THEATRE (studio) www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseagrandtheatre

JAN 29 SWANSEA GRAND THEATRE (studio) www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseagrandtheatre

JAN 30 HERTFORD HERTFORD THEATRE www.hertfordtheatre.com

JAN 31 CANTERBURY GULBENKIAN www.thegulbenkian.co.uk

FEB 3 NORWICH PLAYHOUSE www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

FEB 4 FARNHAM MALTINGS www.farnhammaltings.com

FEB 5 RADELTT RADELTT CENTRE www.radlettcentre.co.uk

FEB 6 ANDOVER THE LIGHTS www.thelights.org.uk

FEB 7 EPSOM PLAYHOUSE www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

FEB 8 STEVENAGE GORDON CRAIG THEATRE www.gordon-craig.co.uk

FEB 9 NEWBURY ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE www.arlingtonarts.co.uk

FEB 10 TEWKESBURY ROSES THEATR www.rosestheatre.org

FEB 11 WIMBORNE TIVOLI THEATR www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk

FEB 12 COVENTRY WARWICK ARTS CENTRE www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

FEB 13 LONDON HACKNEY EMPIRE www.hackneyempire.co.uk
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Why? Catch Outstanding Comedian At Start Of New UK Tour
When: 11 November 2015
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: 17 a ticket
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