GEOFF Norcott – like most of us – hates being told what to do. Unlike most of us, he has developed this perfectly reasonable mindset into a comedy routine which he is taking on a tour which has just been extended to include dates at Bridport’s Electric Palace (Friday 21st February) and the Marine at Lyme Regis (Saturday 22nd).
The winner of Best Comedy at the BBC Radio & Music Awards, Geoff brings a sharp wit to his commentaries on modern life and politics. The tour of Taking Liberties has been extended with 25 new dates and now runs to 25th April.
He says: “There’s been a lot of talk about extensions. Well, despite my political allegiances I’m delighted with this one. It’s time the people were given another say …on whether or not they want to see my show.”
Beyond left/right party politics and Brexit, Geoff Norcott has realised the main thing that motivates his political persuasion is that he hates being told what to do. Whether it’s Eurocrats, ministers, cultural icons or his wife of 15 years, he just can’t stand anyone having power over him.
It’s a bad time to feel this way. With rising “nanny state” legislations coming from a supposedly right-wing government and ever greater controls on food, lifestyle and language choices, Taking Liberties is both a statement on what Geoff fears is happening and his intent to playfully push the envelope.
Geoff Norcott is a regular on Live At The Apollo, The Mash Report, Mock the Week and Question Time and takes part in various UK political debate shows, including All Out Politics, This Week, Daily Politics and Politics Live.
His BBC Two documentary How The Middle Class Ruined Britain gained a five-star review in the Financial Times and a TV pick in most national newspapers. His other broadcast credits include Comedy Bigmouths, Jeremy Vine, The Now Show, The News Quiz, Loose Ends, Breaking the News, and the Today programme. He has written for The Daily Telegraph, Independent Voices and The New Statesman; other writing credits include: Have I Got News For You; Live At The Apollo; Frankie Boyle’s New World Order; Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. He received an operational services medal for his five tours of forward positions during the Afghanistan conflict.
Other West Country dates on the tour are 13th March at Verwood Hub, 3rd April at Bath International Comedy Festival and 4th April at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre.