Award-winning comedian loves to take a gamble

Tim FitzHigham, star of his one-man standup show 'The Gambler. Picture by JANE BARLOW ANL-160215-130439001

Tim FitzHigham, star of his one-man standup show 'The Gambler. Picture by JANE BARLOW ANL-160215-130439001

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Multi award-winning, Radio 4 favourite, the Perrier-nominated adventurer, author and extreme expeditionary comedian Tim FitzHigham, is bringing his new show to The Mercury Theatre in Colchester on March 11 as part of his UK tour.

The Gambler is fuelled by his obsession with playing the odds - taking on the weirdest wagers in human history.

Tim’s fascination with all things relating to the game of chance was first chronicled in 2011 when The Gambler received great praise at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe show.

Having gone on to write and star in two BBC Radio 4 series on the back of this initial success, Tim has established himself as a man who is infamous for doing things that no one else would dare do, or that perhaps wouldn’t occur to anyone else to do.

In preparation for this show, Tim has been undertaking all kinds of weird and wonderful challenges including walking blindfolded through four lanes of traffic, trying to shut the West Country and cooking… under 10 feet of water… using out of date explosives… what possibly could go right?

Tim is, it must be accepted, a silly man. His unswerving devotion to bad ideas and the shows they create has seen him break bones, re-mortgage his house, contract a flesh eating microbe, collapse of dehydration, be blinded in one eye for six months, spend several nights with the Leith Police, survive concussion and be hospitalised with a bone-marrow eating infection amongst a catalogue of other injuries and stunning disasters.

I challenge you to find any other comic who chases the punch-line to a story this hard.

Previous Edinburgh shows saw him get locked in a Da Vinci Coded trap; paddle paper boats down the Thames; ride hollowed out logs up the Amazon; run deserts in suits of armor; cross the channel in a bath tub; invent endurance Morris Dancing; sprint against race horses and take inflatables down Olympic black skiing runs; vigorously test the Karma Sutra; and climb up the outside of some of the world’s tallest buildings

Tim’s BBC Radio 4 hit The Gambler completed its second series in 2015 and his CBBC programme Super Human Challenge is now on BBC Worldwide. Tim has scrabbled in the mud on Time Team, regularly MCs Jongleurs (perhaps the most foolhardy of all challenges) and has played himself in a film directed by Clint Eastwood. He also has a lavatory and a beer named after him.

Audiences are invited to come to see Tim live telling tales of foolhardy and brave adventures.