Saturday, 15 December 2018

They think it’s all over... but Rory’s just getting started

TELEVISION presenter and seasoned comedy writer Rory McGrath has just embarked on his debut stand-up tour.

TELEVISION presenter and seasoned comedy writer Rory McGrath has just embarked on his debut stand-up tour.

Perhaps best known for his stint as a panellist on comedy sports quiz

They Think It’s All Over
, he also co-starred with Dara Ó Briain and Griff Rhys Jones in the popular

Three Men in a Boat
series of travel documentaries.

Now he is traversing the UK with his show

Rory McGrath Remembers (...or is it forgets?)
, which he is bringing to Maidenhead’s Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on Friday, March 11.

This sees Rory looking back over his life and wondering if he can remember any of it... If not, he’ll make it up.

From his birth in a lowly stable in Bethlehem to his Nobel Prize for Chemistry, there’s nothing he’s not prepared to talk about.

With stories taken from his childhood, time as a builder’s labourer, and his career as a writer and TV presenter, as well as his love life, his obsession with football and

by Kelis, Rory’s show will lift the lid on his innermost thoughts and memories.

The show is pure stand-up joy, except for the bits when he’s sitting down —shining his unique comic torch into the murky corners of his life and times and unearthing some astonishing things — including a half-eaten Twix and an out-of-date Oyster card.

Following a stint in the Cambridge Footlights at university, Rory wrote and starred in Channel 4’s hit sketch show

Who Dares Wins
, later featuring on BBC One’s

They Think It’s All Over
for more than a decade.

As well as his success with

Three Men in a Boat
, which has so far run for seven series, he also starred alongside Paddy McGuinness in Channel 5’s

Rory and Paddy’s Great Adventure
. Rory has also honed his comedy skills as a radio star and producer. He wrote and starred in the BBC Radio 4 series

Injury Time
as well as working as an in-house writer for the likes of Peter Cook, Frankie Howerd and Alfred Marks.

If that wasn’t enough, he is also the co-founder of Hat Trick Productions — the company behind such legendary shows as

Have I Got News For You

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Father Ted

Rory McGrath Remembers (...or is it forgets?) contains adult themes and traces of peanut oil.

The show starts at 8pm on Friday, March 11. Tickets are £15 and can be booked by calling 01628 788997 or visiting

Rory is also playing the Cornerstone in Didcot on Friday, April 22. For full details, go to

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