Ben Elton hits the road with dates including Worthing

Ben Elton is promising Authentic Stupidity as he hits the road across the UK and Ireland in 2024.
Ben Elton (contributed pic)Ben Elton (contributed pic)
Ben Elton (contributed pic)

Dates include: September 23, Guildford, G Live; October 20, Portsmouth, Guildhall; October 21 Hastings, White Rock Theatre; November 7, Worthing, Assembly Hall; November 8, Crawley, Hawth Theatre; and November 11, Brighton, Theatre Royal.

A spokesman said: “Following the huge success of Ben Elton’s critically acclaimed sold-out UK tour in 2019, which marked his return to stand up after a 15-year hiatus, the undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road with a brand-new live show – Authentic Stupidity. The world has changed a lot since Ben last toured five years ago – a whole new existential threat has emerged to challenge our very existence: Artificial Intelligence. Apparently, it’s going to render all human life meaningless, but Ben is here to warn you that AI is not the greatest threat that we face; it’s Authentic Stupidity!”

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Ben said: “The verdict’s in! Humanity is thick! Homo halfwit. The idiot branch of the ape family! We need signs to tell us to step off escalators, we elect gibbering fools to lead us and now we’ve invented Artificial Intelligence which is actually going to replace us! I’ve spent 45 years in comedy exploring the outer limits of human idiocy and my mission has never been more timely. Forget AI! It’s AS we need to be worrying about!”

Ben Elton’s career spans over four decades and includes television shows (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Upstart Crow), West End plays (Popcorn, Upstart Crow), West End musicals (We Will Rock You, The Beautiful Game, Close up: The Twiggy Musical) and best-selling novels.