30 years since The Fast Show first burst onto our television screens, one of the defining comedy sketch shows of the Nineties is back, live on tour.

Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse are reuniting with Simon Day, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Mark Williams for the show at The Alexandra, Birmingham on 28 March.

This celebratory live tour will be a huge treat for fans of the multi-award winning quick-fire TV sketch show and provide a real behind-the-scenes insight into some of their favourite characters and catchphrases as they come alive on stage once again.

An Evening with The Fast Show is on in Birmingham in March Supplied
An Evening with The Fast Show is on in Birmingham in March

The Fast Show first aired on BBC Two on 27 September 1994 and became one of the nation’s best-loved comedy shows, having a huge influence on subsequent TV sketch shows, and propelling catchphrases such as “Oooooh, Suits You, Sir!”, “Niiiiiiiiiice! Brilliant!! Scorchio!!!” into the lexicon of popular British culture.

So popular was the BBC hit, movie star Johnny Depp requested to make a cameo appearance on the comedy show at the height of his fame. Now, 30 years on, they’re bringing comedy gold to the live stage.

The cast will chat together about how it all began, how they made the TV show, and created the characters and the fun they had doing it. This will be interspersed with performances of some of their best-loved sketches monologues and songs, with on-screen inserts and a moment to remember their former collaborator, the late, great Caroline Aherne.

Arabella Weir's Fast Show character 'Insecure Woman' was famous for her catchphrase: "Does my bum look big in this?"Supplied
Arabella Weir’s Fast Show character ‘Insecure Woman’ was famous for her catchphrase: “Does my bum look big in this?”

Fans will be thrilled to see the return of many of their favourite characters, including: Ted & Ralph, Jesse, Swiss Toni, Does My Bum Look Big In This?, Dave Angel, Jazz Club, The Suit You Tailors, Ron Manager, The Mad Painter, Rowley Birkin, Bob Fleming, Competitive Dad, Professor Denzil Dexter, and The Girl Who Boys Can’t Hear.

Charlie Higson said: “Taking the Fast Show out on tour is very much like making love to a beautiful woman.”

Paul Whitehouse said: “I’m afraid I was very drunk.”


‘An Evening With The Fast Show’ will be on at The Alexandra in Birmingham on 28 March 2024. Tickets go on sale on Friday 26 January at 10.00am here.

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