Stephen Merchant announces second Plymouth Pavilions show (news)

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Comedian Stephen Merchant has added a second Hello Ladies live show at Plymouth Pavilions this autumn.

Stephen Merchant will appear at the venue on November 4, 2011, as well as the sold-out date of November 3, 2011.

Globally known for his acclaimed collaborative work with partner Ricky Gervais, Merchant has at last decided to take his considerable stand-up talents on the road.

It’s not widely known he started his career as a stand-up comedian and radio presenter – at XFM where he met Gervais.

In 2001, Merchant in fact shared a stand-up bill in four-hander Rubbernecker, with Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Robin Ince at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Bristolian Merchant, along with Gervais and Karl Pilkington, features in the Guinness Book Of World Records for having the most downloaded internet show of all time, clocking up a staggering 280,000,000 downloads.

Merchant’s most recent show, An Idiot Abroad (Sky One), is a live-action travelogue series starring Karl Pilkington. Merchant also appears in this hugely successful series, which became the highest rated Sky One show since 2008. A second series begins on September 23.

Merchant’s film credits include Tooth Fairy with Dwayne Johnson and cameos in Hot Fuzz and Run Fat Boy Run alongside Simon Pegg.

He directed his first feature film Cemetery Junction with Gervais, which was released in 2010 and he also appears in Hall Pass with Owen Wilson.

Stephen Merchant said: “Most people don’t realise that I was a stand-up comedian before I met Ricky Gervais and his coat-tails. Life can be lonely as a TV writer so this tour is a great opportunity for me to get out there and meet my fans. And make at least one of them my wife.”

Stephen Merchant brings Hello Ladies to Plymouth Pavilions on November 3 and 4, 2011. Tickets for the November 4 show cost £25 & £22.50 and go on sale at 10am on September 13, 2011, from the Pavilions website.

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