One man and his sofa set to dance across the City Hall stage

Richard Herring performing at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, on October 31
Richard Herring performing at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, on October 31
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Richard Herring,
Sheffield City Hall

After covering serious issues like death, love, religion and, er, Spam, on previous tours, it is no surprise to see comedian Richard Herring turn to more light-hearted subjects for his latest stand-up tour.

A serial live performer – not for him the safety of TV comedy panel shows – following his last tour We’re All Going to Die! comes Lord of the Dance Settee.

This is a show about daftness, named after a misheard song lyric from of his youth.

Whether the term cool comedian is an oxymoron, bouncing joyously on the sofa and how Herring’s whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16.

Can he revisit the joke 30 years on or will it smash his old bones?

This is a man who once wowed a packed, but muddy Glastonbury crowd by wondering among show-goers with a megaphone after the sound system broke.

So he is clearly a man who can cope, and joke, about almost everything, including the various sofas provided by the different venues on his tour.

The 47-year-old Yorkshireman – he hails from the East Riding market town of Pocklington – first arrived on the scene more than 20 years ago as one half of a comedy double act with the acclaimed Stewart Lee, featuring in TV shows such as This Morning With Richard Not Judy and Fist of Fun.

Expect a load of ‘stupid, uncool stuff’ from the serial comedy blogger and columnist, as well as plenty of laughter.

n Richard Herring plays Sheffield City Hall on Wednesday. For tickets, priced from £15, visit