John Robins announces 2019 tour Hot Shame

Thursday 31st January 2019, 5:39pm

John Robins.

John Robins has announced a UK tour with brand-new show Hot Shame, from September 2019.

The comedian has recently been seen fronting 20-part Dave quiz show Beat The Internet, and is well known as titular co-host of The Elis James and John Robins Show on Radio X.

The stand-up was also one of two winners of the prestigious 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award, for his show The Darkness of Robins at the city's Fringe festival.

Beginning with a six-night run at The Tobacco Factory, Bristol from 2nd September 2019 and concluding at Birmingham Town Hall on 30th November, 44 dates have currently been booked for the tour.

Tickets go on general sale tomorrow (Friday 1st February) but are already available through a Ticketmaster pre-sale.

Robins will perform at the world-famous Hammersmith Apollo on Friday 25th October 2019, and further tour dates are expected to be announced in coming months.

Promoters tease: "Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Digital DJ, Vibe-Magnet, John Robins yells into a well. John has gained a reputation as a stand-up for finding humour in our bleakest moments. Expect soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping-hot shame!"

John says: "Following my commercial digital indie radio quest to rid the UK of shame, I have decided to climb the rope out of John's Shame Well to travel the country with stories of "Hot Shame". Conveniently I already had a 44-date pub crawl in the diary, and my agents suggested I combine it with shows at regional arts centres and theatres. After some long, and, at times, quite heated discussions about remuneration, I agreed.

"My last tour The Darkness of Robins, was done completely alone, and whilst this saved countless tens of pounds on Travelodges, it had a quite startling impact on my mental health. So, in 2019 I will be bringing along friend and comrade 'The Lovely' Robin Allender to provide support. He will be sharing his own hot takes on, not only shame, but remorse, regret and nostalgia. I will also have a tour manager, so if they close the M6 southbound this time, someone else can tweet Highways England whilst I relax in the backseat with a couple of cans."

He continues: "You may notice similarities in the show's artwork to the Queen album Hot Space: this is no accident. It's an album which remains a small source of shame for the remaining members, I however think it's deserving of re-evaluation. Though this show is not explicitly concerned with the Queen album Hot Space, I always think it's useful for the audience to have a little bit of homework. So, whack it on and assess your thoughts.

"Is it perhaps the case that the album's failings are not the much derided funk / dance tracks at the beginning, but rather the more traditional Action This Day and Put Out The Fire, which try to wrestle it into the rock world, perhaps confusing its original vision? Does the album get worse as the songs get better? Is this a Freddie Mercury solo album in disguise? Is Cool Cat an underrated gem? What's Calling All Girls really up to here? I'd love to know your thoughts, but just to emphasise, the show, at time of going to press, contains no reference to, mention of, nor material relating, to the Queen album Hot Space."

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