2014 Edinburgh Fringe

Richard Herring: Lord of the Dance Settee

  • Comedy (60 minutes)
Richard Herring: Lord of the Dance Settee. Richard Herring

After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, 'The King of Edinburgh' (List) is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness, whether the term cool comedian is an oxymoron, bouncing joyously on the sofa and how Herring's whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16. Can he revisit the joke thirty years on or will it smash his old bones? 'Dependably funny' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A new Richard Herring show is a never-ending cause for delight' (List).

Featuring

Performances

Date Time Venue
30th Jul 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
31st Jul 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
1st Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
2nd Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
3rd Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
4th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
5th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
6th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
7th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
8th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
9th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
10th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
11th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
12th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
13th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
14th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
15th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
16th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
17th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
18th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
19th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
20th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
21st Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
22nd Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
23rd Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens
24th Aug 22.45 Assembly George Square Gardens

Reviews

Press articles

Photo gallery: Backstage and personal

From Adam Riches taking a stroll in full armour to Greg Proops drinking in the abattoir and Camilla Cleese doing her hair, Idil Sukan catches Edinburgh festival's top standups off-guard.

Idil Sukan, The Guardian, 22nd August 2014

Preview: 10 Edfringe shows I must see in week two

As the Edinburgh Fringe enters its second week shows that I'm hearing about can start to be divided into two distinct categories. The ones that publicists are pushing and the ones that critics and friends without a vested interest are starting to get genuinely excited about.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 11th August 2014

Edinburgh Fringe preview: Richard Herring

What more can one say about Richard Herring that hasn't already been said?

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 27th June 2014

Edinburgh 2014: Our picks of the Fringe and EIF

The job of picking highlights from the 400-plus page programme is no mean feat, but we've given it a good go. Shows are listed in time order to help you plan your Festival schedule.

What's On Stage, 8th June 2014

The Richard Herring extended interview

Richard Herring is one of the most prolific comedians in the UK. He's an author of several successful books, a regular columnist for the Metro newspaper, a prolific and award winning pod-caster, a radio DJ and touring stand-up comic. In Martin Walker's first full length interview for Broadway Baby, Richard discusses death, life and DVDs.

Martin Walker, Broadway Baby, 3rd April 2014

More details

DANCE, DANCE, WHEREVER YOU MAY BE
FOR I AM THE LORD OF THE DANCE SETTEE...

Have you ever....
- considered the amazing power of the sombrero to eradicate all sadness?
- noticed the terrible curse of the UK's oldest person? (whoever receives this poisoned chalice is always dead within months)
- become disillusioned with organised religion when you realise a childhood mishearing of a hymn means Jesus isn't anywhere near as much fun as you thought?

Lord of the Dance Settee is Richard Herring's eleventh different stand-up show in eleven consecutive Edinburgh Fringes. Having sorted out politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?), death (We're All Going to Die!) and spam-javelins (Talking Cock), he is in frivolous mood with a show about daftness, being uncool and bouncing joyously on a sofa.

Richard Herring has performed at nearly every Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1987. In the 1990s he was in a double act with Stewart Lee (whatever happened to him?) in BBC2 cult classics Fist of Fun and This Morning with Richard Not Judy. More recently he has created a raft of Sony and Chortle Award winning podcasts like Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, As It Occurs To Me and Me1 Vs Me2 Snooker. You might have read his weekly column in the Metro, heard him on Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4 or seen him on a panel show being repeated on Dave.

Richard has also written a play for this year's Fringe called I Killed Rasputin (3.35pm at George Square Theatre).

IT'S HARD TO DANCE WITH THE DEVIL ON YOUR BACK
But why not try and buck him off like you're at a rodeo? It's just as much fun.

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