This is an odd one. Never before has the new season at the Norwich Playhouse been so interesting. For the press release contains this strange synopsis:
Rob Grant (December 11) – the award-winning co-creator of Red Dwarf – will apply his comedy to government incompetence, 21st-century technology and fun-size chocolate bars
Is Rob Grant doing stand up now? The sheer mechanics of it are mind-boggling. But it sort of makes sense – big chunks of Incompetence and Fat could be categorised as observational comedy, and his personality seems rather suited to a stand up arena, even if his mannerisms and physicality don’t quite match up. Will he be retooling material from his books, or just doing readings, we wonder?
Well, we’re never ones to shirk from thorough research at G&T, and a quick Google search for “rob grant stand up” reveals this unsourced Wikipedia snippet:
Aside from his written oeuvre, Grant has recently taken up the mike on the stand-up comedy circuit with his wryly observed take on life.
Oh. That must have passed us by. But still, this is a curious notion, and one that I wish to see in action as soon as possible.