FOLLOWING the huge success of Ben Elton’s sold-out UK tour in 2019, which marked his return to live comedy after a 15-year hiatus, the undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road with his new show Authentic Stupidity, and appears at The Anvil on Sunday, September 22. 

Ben first exploded into the national consciousness back in the 1980s hosting Channel 4’s ground-breaking Saturday Live and he's been setting the standard for gag-filled, taboo-busting, tonsil-rattling, mind-expanding stand-up comedy ever since.

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!

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's multi-award-winning career spans over four decades and includes seminal and groundbreaking 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), best-selling novels (Stark, Dead Famous, Two Brothers) and feature films (Maybe Baby, Three Summers, All is True). In October last year, Ben returned to Channel 4 for a one-off revival of Friday Night Live to rave reviews and won the BAFTA for Comedy Entertainment Programme 2023.

Tickets For Ben Elton’s Authentic Stupidity! are priced at £36.50 (includes £4 booking fee). Contact the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244 or visit The show is suitable for ages 16 and over.