Comic legends in new gig

FOUR comedy legends who have formed their own musical ‘supergroup’ are set to stop off in Skegness later this year as part of their first ever tour, it has been announced.

Ade Edmondson, Phill Jupitus, Rowland Rivron and Neil Innes have together formed ‘The Idot B*stard Band’ to celebrate the delights of the ‘comic song’.

“The band is dedicated to the comic song,” said a spokesperson. “A veritable supergroup of comic musical talent, they see themselves in the same tradition as people like The Bonzos, They Might Be Giants, Flight of the Conchords, and even George Formby.

“They play a changing set of songs (they never play the same set twice).

“Half of them are new self-penned compositions, like Phill’s comic ballad about a disastrous support slot on a tour with Madness, Neil’s new Mexicana take on the classic love triangle, Ade’s song about what it’s like to be completely drunk waiting for your wife to open the door at four in the morning, and Rowland’s ridiculous tribute to the drummer Sandy Nelson.

“And half of the songs are forgotten gems like She Got A Nose Job (a floppy vinyl release that came free with Mad Magazine in the 60s), Isabel Makes Love Upon National Monuments by Jake Thackeray, and even the not so forgotten There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever B*****ds by Ian Dury,” they added.

The show will stop off at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness on Thursday, November 8.

For more information, or to buy tickets call 0845 674 0505, visit www.embassytheatre.co.uk, or pop into the box office in person during normal opening hours.

The four-piece band first came together during the winter of 2010/2011 when they held a raucous eight-week residency at The Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell.

Famously advertised as ‘Live Rehearsals’ the packed shows were a heady mixture of excitement and catastrophe, at once fabulously warm, surprising and hilarious.

They did a similar residency earlier this year at The Water Rats in Kings Cross, where again they went down exceedingly well.