He’s bald, bizarre and blimmin’ hilarious; we are, of course, referring to the comedian Bill Bailey. The musical funny-man has already come close to splitting our sides in the dark comedy series Black Books, where he plays piano to Dylan Moran’s diabolical, drunken, dictating forte. Bailey has sold out tours across the UK and internationally, with stand up shows such as Bewilderness, Part Troll and Cosmic Jam. He appeals to a wide audience for a variety of reasons; mainly because he’s original, not overly offensive and has the ability to play a variety of musical instruments, which he cleverly builds into his stand up routines.
This Sunday, Londoners have the chance to see Bill Bailey’s latest stand up show, Dandelion Mind. The title reflects his whimsical style quite well, and also paints a rather nice image of his fly-away hair (or what’s left of it). Book a Shepherd’s Bush taxi to get yourself to the Empire for 8pm if you want to stave off the Monday blues for as long as possible! If you’re happy to part with £29.50 for your ticket, you could be laughing long after the sun’s gone down. If his previous stand up tours are anything to go by, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Bailey has gone on to appear in a number of films and television shows, making his face all the more familiar; he’s become a regular fixture in the world of entertainment.
One of the most important qualities for a successful comedian to possess is wit, and you can’t have wit without intelligence. Although he may play the simple country bumpkin, Bill Bailey’s appearances on QI and Never Mind the Buzzcocks prove that it’s not just dandelions between his ears; he’s actually a pretty brilliant guy.