David Baddiel is to make a rare return to stand-up for only the second time in seven years, with a gig at London’s O2 Arena.
The comic will be taking part in a gig called Laughter Lounge being staged at the venue’s 2,300-capacity Indigo2 room in October.
Baddiel, who wrote the recent movie The Infidel, gave up stand-up in about 2003, after about 20 years of live work, but returned for a one-off appearance at one of the Credit Crunch Cabaret gigs organised by his ex-flatmate Frank Skinner early last year.
He said it took ‘much cajoling and bullying’ to persuade him, but after the gig he wrote: ‘It felt good to be back (I say back: although there was talk with various managers about tours and Edinburgh shows, I don’t know when I might do it again). Not just the immediate buzz of a large audience laughing, but also being backstage with other comedians, feeling part of a gang.’
The Laughter Lounge is a new venture into comedy nights for O2 owners AEG Live, who are best known as music concert promoters.