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Stage Editorial

jeremyhardy18.jpg Oh, Jeremy Hardy!

That above headline scans rather nicely if sung to the tune of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. One of our current party leaders should adopt it. Anyway: the very funny and very brilliant Jeremy Hardy is in Durham this April.

“He’s good but he’s only on the radio.” That’s Alan Bennett talking about Jeremy Hardy who, indeed, is on the radio. In fact he’s made BBC Radio 4 a home from home with shows such as The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Jeremy Hardy Feels It, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, etc. But – luckily for us – he’s not just on the radio, as he tours extensively too. And for one of the nation’s most astute skewerers of political claptrap, he will have plenty to talk about (Brexit, Trump, that lot), but he will also be paying close attention to the human condition: what makes him tick? What keeps him awake at night? What does he fear, and hope for? He’s a comic genius, according to Sandi Toksvig, which, after seeing him on numerous occasions, I certainly wouldn’t wrestle her over.

Jeremy Hardy, Thursday 26 April, Gala Theatre, Durham, 8pm, £14 (£5 unwaged with proof of eligibility). galadurham.co.uk