2011 Edinburgh Fringe

Richard Herring: What is Love Anyway?

  • Comedy (60 minutes)
Richard Herring: What is Love Anyway?. Richard Herring

Does anybody love anybody anyway? So asked insane Welsh poet philosopher Howard Jones in 1983. Finally someone dares to answer. Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock), the star of the award winning podcast As it Occurs to Me and Radio 4's Richard Herring's Objective seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again. Does Richard's dry-cleaner genuinely love him? How could a romantic gesture involving Ferrero Rochers get dangerously out of control? Herring's twentieth Fringe.

Featuring

Performances

Date Time Venue
3rd Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
4th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
5th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
6th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
7th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
8th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
9th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
10th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
11th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
12th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
13th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
14th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
15th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
16th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
17th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
18th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
19th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
20th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
21st Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
22nd Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
23rd Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
24th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
25th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
26th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
27th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square
28th Aug 20.50 Udderbelly, George Square

Reviews

Press articles

This much I know: Richard Herring

The comedian, 44, on love, personal deficiencies and why Barry Cryer is still the best.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 14th August 2011

Herring: I need to keep pushing myself

'This year's show [What Is Love, Anyway?] isn't much like Christ On A Bike; Christ On A Bike wasn't like Hitler Moustache; Hitler Moustache was nothing like Headmaster's Son; Headmaster's Son was nothing like Oh F***, I'm 40. They're different shows every year and I suppose the only linking thing is me.'

Andrew Dipper, Giggle Beats, 5th August 2011

Richard Herring interview

This year marks Richard Herring's 24th Edinburgh, and he has a new show in What Is Love Anyway? For now, brace yourself for some dark tales of Edinburghs gone by, as he recalls his first and worst Fringe nights.

Richard Herring, London Is Funny, 29th July 2011

Video: Richard Herring declares love to girlfriend

Comedian Richard Herring has labelled himself a "cynical romantic" before declaring love to his girlfriend on BBC Breakfast.

Herring was speaking ahead of his 20th Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he will debut his new stand-up show What is Love Anyway?

The fringe, the world's largest arts festival, runs at 250 venues across Edinburgh from 5 to 29 August.

BBC News, 6th July 2011

More details

"What is l-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uhve anyway? Does anybody love anybody anyway?"

So asked the insane, Welsh, poet-philosopher, Howard Jones in 1983, but in the intervening 28 years no one has dared to answer his questions? Until now.

Comedian Richard Herring returns to Edinburgh for his 20th Fringe and 32nd show. Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock), the star of award-winning podcast As It Occurs To Me and BBC Radio 4's Richard Herring's Objective seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again.

Is love just a chemical reaction in our brains by which our body selects potential sexual partners, or is it a magical force which guides us unerringly to our soul mate, oddly usually waiting until we're off our tits at a night club to do so?

Could a romantic gesture involving Ferrero Rocher chocolates get so out of control as to destroy the economic infrastructure of the United Kingdom?

Is the word being devalued if Richard's dry cleaner claims to "love" all his customers, or is he actually only enamoured with Herring and too shy to tell him directly?

What is Love, Anyway? is a heart-warmingly honest and personal examination of the romantic (and not so romantic) adventures and misadventures of one of the UK's most prolific comedians, as well as a genuine attempt to define this mysterious, debilitating, evil and wondrous emotion.

Richard recently completed his 94 date nationwide tour of his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming - including 26 dates at the Leicester Square Theatre. In 2010 Richard published his book How Not To Grow Up and released Hitler Moustache, his acclaimed stand-up show, on DVD. He also recorded the first series of his BBC Radio 4 show Richard Herring's Objective (a second series will air in the autumn).

As one half of the prolific comedy duo Lee & Herring, Richard enjoyed phenomenal cult success as a writer and performer with shows such as Fist of Fun (BBC Two) and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (BBC Two). In recent years he teamed up with Andrew Collins to co-host the Collins and Herring podcast on BBC 6 Music which the Guardian said "paved the way for funny podcasts." Both the Collings and Herrin podcast and his Chortle award winning and Sony award nominated podcast As It Occurs To Me (which gets up to 50,000 downloads per episode) are available to download from www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts and iTunes. Richard will be touring What is Love, Anyway? throughout the UK in Spring 2012.

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