‘Extraordinary’ comic Liam Withnail sets UK tour date in Birmingham

Following his sold out Edinburgh Fringe run, multi award-winning comedian Liam Withnail embarks on his first UK tour. 2024 will see him bringing his critically acclaimed show Chronic Boom to audiences around the UK, including Birmingham’s Glee Club on 10 May.

Don’t miss this gifted comic storyteller as he battles chronic illness and hilariously reckons with his new reality. Described as ‘extraordinary’ (The Independent), ‘vividly funny’ (Chortle) and ‘ the most amusing at tackling some serious shit’ (The Times), Chronic Boom has racked up sixteen 4 and 5 star reviews making it one of the best reviewed comedy shows of 2023. This enlightening stand up show about battling chronic illness takes audiences on a rollercoaster of laughter while packing an emotional punch. 

At the start of 2022, Liam believed himself to be able bodied and healthy. He lived a “normal” life, ate whatever he wanted, and was even training for a marathon.  Then he was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disease) and in October 2022 a “flare” saw him spending 10 days in hospital.

Coming to terms with the fact he could be suddenly hospitalised at any time, which would mean cancelling work-in-progress shows, Liam knew he would have to find a new way of testing his new material. Planning for the worst case scenario, Liam set about creating a show made up of ten distinct five minute routines (one for each day of that first hospital stay) which could be finessed at new material nights. This functional technique also underpins the narrative arc of this illuminating show, demonstrating how people with chronic illness or disabilities have to make changes every day just to try to live a “normal” life. 

Liam Withnail is an Edinburgh based stand-up comedian, Scottish Comedy Award winner  and resident MC at the Monkey Barrel. He has over 10 million TikTok/Instagram views and hosts popular podcast Enjoy an Album, alongside Christopher Macarthur-Boyd. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News and has also been heard on The Good, The Bad and The Unexpected, seen on Socially Distant with Susan Calman and has written on Scot Squad. Liam’s previous solo shows have racked up a myriad of rave reviews with his 2019 show Homecoming (available on Spotify) winning the Amused Moose Award for Outstanding Show.  He has performed at comedy clubs and festivals all over the UK and in Canada, Japan, Iceland and Australia. 

‘It’s his ability as a storyteller that elevates this into something extraordinary’ ***** – Independent

‘Brings a jokey club atmosphere to a story of illness and persistence. An unexpected Fringe delight.’ **** – The Times

‘Chronic Boom is truly special. It’s pitch-perfect, with not a single comedic beat failing to land. He’s shone a light on invisible illness while making you howl with laughter’ ***** The Wee Review

‘Sometimes shocking, often profound but always hilarious, this is a compelling show’ **** The List

‘An involving hour of perfectly structured, joke-heavy insights’ **** Chortle

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