Paul Merton








UK TOUR 2019 - April-June - BOOK

"They were quite marvellous evening of extraordinary intellectual brilliance"
Oxford Times

The Impro Chums are:
Paul Merton
Richard Vranch
Lee Simpson
Suki Webster
Mike McShane

Paul Merton, one of the UK's best-loved performers, and his world renowned Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off.

"You could see this every night and never tire of it...they continue to be the finest exponents of the improv art"
***** Daily Mirror

"Merton's Chums are some of the most seasoned performers in this field and know just how to work the games, the suggestions and the audience for maximum effect...Pure hilarity"
******British Theatre Guide

Evening Standard

"Merton and his pals were wonderfully silly. We laughed so much our faces ached. Comedy shows can't get a better recommendation than that"
South Wales Argus

"Paul Merton's Impro Chums is a delight... Clever, laugh-out-loud, silly fun." York Press

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"Silent Comedy" a book by Paul Merton

'An awestruck and knowledgeable introduction to Hollywood's earliest funsters ... lovingly researched, beautifully designed and gloriously illustrated' Telegraph

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Paul Merton on Early British Comedy

In the first of a new series from the British Film Institute, comedian Paul Merton introduces an interactive guide to early film comedy in Britain. Join Paul as he takes you through a fascinating and sometimes bizarre world of 4-year-old boxing champions, human flies, pantomime-horse races and giant possessed fish, and explores the roots of today's distinctively British humour.

Paul Merton is represented by
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Paul Merton's autobiography

'The book is fascinating' Ray Darcy RTE Radio

'Thoughtful, understated memoir' The Guardian

'The book is witty and enjoyable' Robert Elms BBC Radio London

'compelling' Chortle

Paul recounts his journey from his working-class Fulham childhood to the present day.

Whether writing about school days, his run-ins with the nuns and other pupils; his disastrous first confession; his meatpacking job; taking acid; leaving home to live in bedsit; his early brushes with the opposite sex - and not forgetting his repeated attempts to break into the world of comedy - Paul's writing is always funny, poignant and revealing.

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And when his star finally ascends in the atmospherically drawn 1980s alternative cabaret scene there is a sense of excitement, energy, camaraderie, momentum and dramatic impending success.

And then crash... we experience the disorienting and terrifying sustained manic episode that he suffered which landed him in the Maudesley hospital. These, and other tougher moments, are written about candidly and with sensitivity and honesty.

An evocative and fascinating life story full of warmth, humour and a big bucket load of wit.

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