Andy Parsons is on a mission with his new stand-up tour. In a nutshell, he’s looking to heal this divided nation.
The man who was a fixture on Mock The Week for years, has been in a successful double act (alongside playwright Henry Naylor), worked on Spitting Image and brought us sell-out tours and unit-shifting DVDs such as Britain’s Got Idiots and Gruntled, is calling time on the negativity that reverberates on this split island with his new show, Healing The Nation.
“On my Twitter feed currently it says ‘Initially upbeat. Often disappointed’,” says Andy.
“The general thrust of everything I’ve ever done has an optimistic note to it, and there is always something in the glass rather than there being something missing from it.
“Life can get extremely frustrating and your optimism can fade, but I retain the faith and I’m looking forward to getting out there and meeting people in some nice theatres.
“I think we’re a nation desperate to be healed, in the sense that people would rather come together than diverge,” believes Andy.
“In the current media analysis, everyone is in the centre of their own social media bubble, and everything is kicking off left, right and centre.
“So the idea for the tour was that rather than being incredibly one-sided and partisan and throwing stuff at the opposition, it would be nice to see both sides of the argument. I’ll be taking on viewpoints that wouldn’t normally find a natural home in one of my stand-up sets and genuinely try to see the other side of that argument.
“When your show is topical then inevitably it will be very different when the tour finishes from when it started.
This is mainly because of current events, but also it’s good to keep it fresh anyway, not just for the audience but for myself.
“If you’re performing over 100 shows and just doing the same set every single night then it becomes a job rather than a pleasure.”
When you watch Andy in full flow, it’s clear that you’re witnessing a performer who is not only having a great time, but is enjoying the pleasure he’s passing on to others.
You can catch Andy Parsons’ at Buxton Opera House on Friday, March 20 (butonoperahouse.org.uk or the box office on 0129872190) and Derby Theatre on Saturday March 21 (derbytheatre.co.uk or box office on 01332 593939)