Reading return for Parsons
April 09, 2008
Andy Parsons can honestly say he knows Reading rather well having run the town’s half-marathon back in 2001.
He had foolishly taken up a challenge to run the London Marathon from someone who told him “You’ll never do it”.
He told 24Seven: “I really enjoyed the Reading half-marathon. It was fine and so I went ahead to the full marathon with very little more training.
“You know how you hit a barrier, well my barrier was around 13 miles and I found the second half of the marathon a very painful experience.
“I lost two toenails and the ends of my nipples – really not very nice.”
The regular on Mock The Week and QI is expecting his return to Reading on Friday to be a lot pleasanter.
He has played the Concert Hall before and, last time, the event was recorded for BBC Radio 2.
He comes from Wimbourne in Dorset and when asked about his background he said: “I had a mother and a father. What more do you want to know?”
He took science A-levels and did law at university.
He said: “I did law at university to escape doing science and I fell into comedy to escape doing law.
“I had a friend – Henry Naylor – who was writing comedy and that looked enjoyable so I went in with him.”
Andy enjoys stand-up and the improvisation he does on Mock the Week.
“I like the feeling of not quite knowing where things are going. It is quite exciting,” he said.
He acknowledges his bald head gives him an air of the “right wing skinhead” but added: “Really there is just a teddy bear in here trying to get out.”
He will be at the Concert Hall on Friday and tickets, at £13, are available from the box office on (0118) 960 6060.
* South Street’s monthly Comedy Club returns on Friday, April 18 with an triple bill: Mark Maier, Barry Castagnola and Mark Olver.
The adults-only gig starts at 8.30pm at the South Street venue.
For tickets, call the box office (0118) 960 6060 or log on to www.readingarts.com.
* Big Jack’s Laughter Club is back at the Afroba on Thursday.
“We have the buzzin’ Terry Saunders; The mega Matt Rudge The urbane James Mullingar Joe ‘by name but not nature’ Bor,” says Big Jack.
The fun starts at 8.30pm, tickets cost £5 and the doors open earlier.
For more details, log on to www. bigjackslaughterclub.com or call 07770 370 221.