‘Sophistication, wryness and downright filth’ from Rory McGrath and Philip Pope

Rory McGrath and Philip Pope
Rory McGrath and Philip Pope

Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe success, Rory McGrath and Philip Pope bring their tour A Bridge Over Troubled Lager to Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, on Thursday, November 20.

Spokeswoman Amanda Emery said: “McGrath and Pope’s marriage of mirth will once again combine Rory’s sublime lyrics – a signature combination of sophistication, wryness and downright filth – with the mature elegance and artistry of Philip’s music.

“Expect dozens of songs, rudely interrupted by the pair’s backchat and bickering on subjects including – but not limited to – social media, pets, Scottish independence, Philip’s toe, love, marriage, Croatian pop in the ’90s and foul language.

“And then there’s reality TV, conservation, Schubert, heavy metal, the French, hardline Christianity and the Polish word for a mayfly.”

Rory McGrath – comedy writer, presenter, actor and singer-songwriter – was born in Cornwall and read modern languages at Cambridge. He started his career as house comedy writer for BBC Radio LE, writing for Frankie Howerd, Dave Allen, Roy Hudd, David Jason, Alfred Marks and many others.

Besides writing for shows such as Who Dares Wins and Alas Smith and Jones, he was a co-founder of Hat Trick Productions responsible for such classics as Whose Line is it Anyway?, Father Ted, Have I Got News For You and Chelmsford 123.

In the ’90s, he became a mainstay on hit sports/comedy panel show They Think it’s all Over. More recently McGrath has been a regular on Grumpy Old Men, Three Men in a Boat and Great British Adventure (Paddy McGuinness, Will Mellor) and has presented numerous documentaries on history, engineering, beer and wine and nature.

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