Wandering Minstrel; ART

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Wandering Minstrel; ART


Byline: with Catherine Jones

I'D SAY I'm still quite belligerent," muses Jeremy Hardy. "But I am trying to be more at peace as well. Not with injustice and horror, but more at peace with life.

"I don't want to have a heart attack. And I'm worried when throbbing veins appear in my forehead!" It turns out the angry young anti-establishment comedian who started his career some 30 - yes, 30 - years ago is more perplexed by rather than outright furious with life these days.

So am I speaking to a different Jeremy than the one who started out, and whom I saw on my first night at university back in the late 1980s? "In terms in comedy?" he asks. "I don't know, probably.

"Different stuff has happened, and sometimes things are horribly familiar like under the Thatcherite government and things being privatised and you think - oh God, I've been here before.

"But in other ways, I don't think you're the same person after 30 years really, unless you're with somebody who just suddenly freezes at one age and never gets past it."

What hasn't changed is the 52-year-old's ability to entertain an audience.

And he's heading for Southport next month to do just that, appearing at The Atkinson in Lord Street as part of his latest tour.

The show is three days before Christmas, so might there be some festive merriment? at "It think it's my last one (of the current leg of the tour). I might not even bother with the show - I might just get the audience to bring games to that one," he says, deadpanning: "Hopefully I'll be in joyful spirits."

While in those joyful spirits, he'll be talking about death, CBeebies, hip hop, gender, class, ego, Michael Gove, Blue Peter, capitalism and Lassie among other things during the two hour show. …

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