Dave Gorman to perfom at Lowestoft

CYCLING more than 1,500 miles and performing 32 shows in village halls, arts centres, theatres and even a railway dining car, this is set to be a stand-up show with a difference.

CYCLING more than 1,500 miles and performing 32 shows in village halls, arts centres, theatres and even a railway dining car, this is set to be a stand-up show with a difference.

Dave Gorman: Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop And Stand Up will see the writer and broadcaster take to stages across the country as he performs a stand-up tour for the first time in many years. The difference with this tour is that he will be cycling between venues every day in a real feat of endurance.

'I'm really looking forward to it, but these are two very distinct things to prepare for,' he said. 'There is the physical ride and the show as well. So if I'm not thinking about one, it's the other.'

Dave, 38, admitted that he has always had a bike but only really began using it four years ago when he decided to sell his car.

'It is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I've cycled more and more, and that is how I get around London now.

'Since I came up with this big ride I've become even more of a cyclist. I didn't ever think I'd become one of those who wears lycra, but then you realise there is a reason those things exist when you are doing 50 to 60 miles.'

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Dave first shot to fame when, together with friend and fellow broadcaster Danny Wallace, he travelled the world looking for other Dave Gormans. A whole host of other projects would follow after the success of his subsequent show and book, and he soon became renowned for his entertaining quests.

His latest project will see him begin a stand-up tour in Gramphound, Cornwall, on August 30, before making his way across the country, cycling an average of around 50 miles a day.

He is due to perform in Ipswich on September 7, Lowestoft on September 8 and King's Lynn on September 9.

Although the region is renowned for its flat landscape, Dave is not expecting an easy ride.

'It really depends on the wind whether it is a good thing. A big head wind is worse than steep hills,' he said. 'Reaching the most easterly point will be satisfying as it's the first landmark of the tour.'

The tour started off as a straight cycle ride to the UK's four most extreme points, but Dave's plans soon changed.

'The whole point is that the ride existed before the show, and I was bullied into it,' he joked.

'I'd set aside the time in the autumn to do it, but at the end of 2008 I started doing stand-up again in a low-key way. I'd cycle to venues in London and ask to go on stage. I was enjoying what I was doing on stage and it was like a hobby.

'One day after a gig I went to the bar and my manager tapped me on the shoulder. He was confused as he didn't know I was doing stand-up again.

'He said I should do a tour, but I said I can't do it this autumn as I'm doing this cycle ride… you could see the penny drop instantly.'

Dave will be performing to audiences varying from 30 to 2,000 people and after previewing his show at the Latitude festival and other venues around the country, he is keen to get started.

'I'm genuinely enjoying it. Stand-up is really hard if you're not enjoying doing it, but if you're enjoying it, it is easy to put the hours in.

'I started stand-up as a hobby, I didn't think about it as a career. I don't waste energy thinking ahead like that, I just do things I'm enjoying at the moment. After being on the road, I enjoyed spending time at home in the office, but after months staring at the screen, it is great to get on stage again. The variety is what gets me interested and if you are interested, you are good at what you do.'

Dave Gorman will be performing at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre on Tuesday, September 8. For tickets call 01502 533200.