Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

YOUR BILL'S IN THE PAST ; Bailey's Braving the Next Chapter in His Comedy - Confession. He Will Talk about His Past Experiences, and His New Take on Reality

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

YOUR BILL'S IN THE PAST ; Bailey's Braving the Next Chapter in His Comedy - Confession. He Will Talk about His Past Experiences, and His New Take on Reality

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SCROLL down the pages of dates penned in for Bill Bailey's latest show, Limboland, and you'd be forgiven for thinking the title might refer to the next nine months of his life.

Until June 2016, he's relentlessly on tour. But the title is not a summary of how he feels about it, he laughs.

"You catch me at quite a coherent time, though," he chuckles.

"Pretty soon I'll be randomly ordering room service, yelling for a panini in the middle of the show."

It's a nervous tick most people would probably accept within Bill's uniquely whimsical gigs - his gently eccentric scripts an explosion of intellectual wordplay, setting scenes like a psychedelic children's story book and splicing them with hilarious musical moments.

Expect less of all of that this time, though, as Bill explores a new comedy chapter.

Famously averse to putting the personal into his shows, Bill has decided that at 51 it's time to open up.

A period exploring other creative opportunities in TV - specifically, his Cape Town-based natural history series, Baboons With Bill Bailey, his travelogue study of Alfred Russel Wallace and resulting Indonesia and Borneo adventure, Jungle Hero, and an unforgettable cameo on Doctor Who - meant Bill substantially preened his stand up commitments.

He has also been working on a film, a 'morality tale' that's coming together in "bursts of activity", about the pursuit of redemption when indiscretion threatens to derail a life in the spotlight (it isn't, he laughs, autobiographical).

"Sometimes you get completely wrapped up in comedy, and things happen that make you question that perspective," he explains.

"But then, of course, all those other experiences then get folded back into comedy, so you can't escape it!

"You change. You get a bit older. And comedy changes along with you.

"Sometimes you go years thinking, 'This is the comedy I do, this is who I am'. …

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