CHARISMATIC comedian Mitch Benn comes to Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre this month – vowing to attract his usual ‘bizarre’ following.
He may not be a household name, but the comedian-cum-musician has so far enjoyed a top 20 single with I’m Proud Of The BBC and been named Mercury Comedian Of the Year at the Leicester Comedy Festival.
Benn is best-known for writing and arranging the Complaints Choir on the BBC’s One Show, producing a series of BBC Radio 4 programmes and stand-up appearances in university bars. “I am the only guy I know that gets teenagers turning up with their parents,” he jokes.
His new tour coincides with the release of his sixth studio album, called Breaking Strings.
He explains: “It is a comedy tour. This show is me and my band. It’s a two-hour show. It is not like music with comedy, or comedy with a bit of music – it is a bit of both.
“It’s exciting, we get the most bizarre people coming to our show and they have the time of their lives.
“When we come to Aylesbury, we will be just about to bring the new album out.
“We have been working on it for about a year now. This one is maybe more of a proper rock album, although there’s a lot of jokes on it.
“It is also packaged slightly differently; we are not on the cover of this one.”
Benn claims that ‘proper rock bands’ have artwork on the front – and it is only comedians and amateurs who put pictures of themselves on the cover.
He began his comedy career in Edinburgh in 1994 and has since established himself as one of the best comedy-song writers and performers on the circuit.
He formed the band Mitch Benn And The Distractions in 2003. Their debut single Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now was released in 2005, along with his Crimes Against Music album.
The video for his first single attracted 8,000 internet hits an hour when it was released. The band completed their second UK tour in December 2005.
After a few more tours around the world, Benn released I’m Proud of the BBC in 2010. The single reached number 11 in the Official Independent Singles Charts.
His latest tour is called the Ode Warrior tour. Benn says it will feature a mixture of new-original material and ‘some classics’.
The comedian comes to Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre on Saturday, February 18. Tickets cost £12 or £10 for concessions.