Alan Davies is returning to New Zealand after a 15-year absence, for a seven-date tour of the country, which begins in Auckland on February 1.
The well-loved star of dry comic shows Jonathan Creek, Bob & Rose, QI and most recently Whites (due to air here later this year), will be presenting a show entitled Life Is Pain.
He will perform at Founders Theatre on Tuesday, February 5.
"There is a plenty of pain in life," he explained to TimeOut, "and some of the pain in my life, when I was a child, is now creeping into my stand-up a little bit in a way that it didn't in the past when I was in my 20s. I used to shy away from difficult subject matter. When you're older you realise that everybody in the audience has a story of some sort about something, so why not just include all of life in your show. But the show still has a fair amount of scatological nonsense, whimsy and outright filth."
Despite being a much-awarded and critically acclaimed comic in his early years, Davies hadn't performed stand up in Britain since 1999 until last year, but after successful shows there and in Australia, he's keen to keep the ball rolling.
Where: Hamilton Founders Theatre
When: Tuesday, February 5
Bookings: www.ticketek.co.nz or 0800 TICKETEK