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Authentic Stupidity

Ben Elton

Age guidance: 16+
This show will contain strong language and adult themes.

Following the huge success of Ben Elton’s critically acclaimed sold-out UK tour in 2019, which marked his return to live comedy after a fifteen year hiatus, the undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road with his new show – Authentic Stupidity.

Ben Elton first exploded into the national consciousness back in the 1980s hosting Channel 4’s ground-breaking Saturday Live and he's been setting the standard for gag filled, taboo busting, tonsil rattling, mind expanding stand-up comedy ever since!

Ben says: "Since my last live tour a whole new existential threat has emerged to threaten humanity! Apparently Artificial Intelligence is going to destroy us all! Well I reckon our real problem isn’t Artificial Intelligence it’s good old fashioned Authentic Stupidity! Forget AI! It’s AS we need to be worrying about!"

As well as being a successful stand-up comedian, actor and novelist, Ben has been an influential creative force behind some of the most iconic British sitcoms, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line, working with the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis.

'Just give him a stage and a microphone and Ben Elton is the best. No contest' — The Sunday Times

‘Elton’s timing and phrasing remain impeccable, his structure is masterly’ — Daily Telegraph

‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to beat Ben Elton live!’ — Evening Standard

‘Vital, relevant and passionate’ — The Scotsman

Tickets for this event include a £1 venue restoration levy, included in the ticket price. This fee supports building investment at the Grade II-listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.


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