All hail to the ale!Buy, beg or steal a ticket as we have it on excellent notice that this guy (Al Murray) is the best comedian seen in many a year.

A few of the Wellingtonistas are going … you should too.

The Opera House: Thursday 30th June & Friday 1st July

The low-down from the Ticketek site:

All hail to the ale!
It’s the ‘Best of British’ Curtain-raiser of Comedy

Is there anyone better qualified to keep the Lions ‘Barmy Army’ in line than award winning British comedian, AL MURRAY – THE PUB LANDLORD?

Described by the ‘Mail on Sunday’ in the UK as “the very apex of LIVE British comedy” – AL MURRAY arrives on June 22 to lighten the mood during the last 2 weeks of the Lions Tour including live shows in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland prior to the tests.

MURRAY’s ‘PUB LANDLORD’ is hailed as one of the most successful comedy characters to grace the stages of Britain winning the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1999 and nominations for the OLIVIER AWARD for BEST LIVE ENTERTAINER in the Westend in 2000 and 2002.

THE PUB LANDORD has performed for the Queen, has his own TV series, and has completed a number of sell-out tours of the UK and seasons in the Westend of London.

Now he is heading downunder to pour a few pints for the lads and entertain audiences in New Zealand with his award winning brand of humour.

The Landlord in full flow is the apex of live British comedy.Mark Wareham, the mail on sunday

I laughed so much, lager came out of my nose.Stephen Armstrong, the sunday times

Murray serves no half measure
Murray’s persona is a hilarious pressure valve on the beer keg of political correctness.Patrick Marmion the evening standard