Laughing matter Ticket sell-out is a foregone conclusion
THE date of David Brent's much-anticipated Bristol gig has been revealed. Ricky Gervais' most famous comedy creation will perform with his band Foregone Conclusion at the Colston Hall on Monday, December 16.
Tickets go on sale this Friday from 10am – and if his previous shows in London are anything to go buy, it is sure to sell out within minutes.
The "chilled-out entertainer" from smash series The Office has added Bristol to his mini tour, having already played at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London twice in the past month.
Gervais decided to take Brent on the road after recording a number of original songs for his YouTube channel, some of which were developed from the favourites performed in The Office. The 52-year-old enjoyed going back to his musical roots so much that he decided to go live.
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In 1983, during his final year as a student at University College London, Gervais and his friend Bill Macrae formed a new-wave pop duo called Seona Dancing.
They were signed and released two singles – called More To Lose and Bitter Heart. But both singles failed to chart any higher than 70.
The failed-pop-star narrative was a strand throughout The Office, as Brent would get out his guitar as often as he could and reminisce about his "band days".
For Comic Relief this year, Gervais brought back Brent and filmed a music video for his reggae-inspired song Equality Street, which he recorded with rapper and comedian Doc Brown.
Gervais enjoyed recording it so much that he launched the Learn Guitar With David Brent series on YouTube, in which he performed full-length versions of his "classics" such as Freelove Freeway and Spaceman Came Down, and introduced new tunes he had penned. The guitar series has been viewed more than 21 million times.
Gervais then announced he was taking his band on the road. They performed two sold-out shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre, both of which apparently sold out in under a minute.
At the weekend, Gervais teased his fans by saying he would play one more gig as Brent this year and that it would be in Bristol.
Then, making the announcement they had all been waiting for, the comedian and award-winning writer posted on the Twitter website yesterday that Brent and Foregone Conclusion will play the Colston Hall on December 16.
Now they know when he will be coming to Bristol, Brent fans are sure to be saying – to quote their hero – "This is brilliant. Fact." But they will have to act quickly to get tickets.
Previously, Gervais tweeted: "OK, so apparently the Brent tickets sold out in under a minute. How is that even possible? Sorry."
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday at the Colston Hall. They can also be obtained by visiting www.livenation.co.uk/ or calling 0844 887 1500.