Grouchy Ricky Gervais to call time on Armageddon at York Barbican, but when? Find out here before it’s too late…

ARMAGEDDON is coming to York on Tuesday, January 10 2023 at 7.30pm precisely.

It’s not the end of the world as we know it – and I feel fine – but the name of grouchy comedian, actor, screenwriter, director, singer, podcaster and awards ceremony host Ricky Gervais’s new tour show, booked into York Barbican for that night.

Tickets go on sale for Whitley wit Gervais’s return to York at 10am on Friday (16/12/2022) at, restricted to a maximum of six per person (and per household).

Should you not have been paying attention, Gervais, 61, is the creator, writer and star of The Office, Extras, Derek and two Netflix series of After Life. “I never doubted a comedy about a suicidal man whose wife dies of cancer could be anything other than hilarious,” he blogged of his latest hit.

In 2019, Gervais opened his SuperNature world tour at York Barbican on May 13, going on to play a second gig the following night, when taking a sceptical look at the absurdity of superstition, magic and all unsubstantiated beliefs, all leading to a celebratory conclusion that nature is already super enough.

Ricky Gervais: The face of Humanity at York Barbican in February 2017

On his previous York Barbican visit, on February 28 2017 on his Humanity tour, he high-tackled such taboo subjects as rape, death and terrorism, as well as nut allergies, on his Humanity tour.

Gervais’s nasal Estuary English comic delivery and disbelieving tone had earlier been aired in York on his Animals travels in 2002 and at two sold-out nights on his Politics tour at the Grand Opera House in April 2004.

What can be expected in Armageddon next March when Gervais puts the ‘barb’ into the Barbican?

The Guardian’s two-star review of this month’s “weak and boorish” show – ouch! – at the Apollo, Manchester suggests he will be ripping into “woke over-earnestness, the contradictions of modern political correctness and so-called cultural appropriation”, while “imagining how it all might end for our ‘one species of narcissistic ape’”. One scathing review in the Guardian? It’s not the end of the world, Ricky.

Did you know?

RICKY Gervais’s The Office is the most successful British comedy of all time, shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes.

Too late! Update at 14.53pm, 16/12/2022

IT is the end of the world for non-ticket holders for Armageddon! Ricky Gervais’s January 10 gig at York Barbican and a hastily added January 11 show have both sold out today…in 27 minutes.

Rachel Croft’s sinister new single Weaver Bird flies in for autumn herald of new EP

The artwork for Rachel Croft’s new single, Weaver Bird

RACHEL Croft returns this autumn with suitably haunting new single Weaver Bird, a dark lullaby that beckons all who listen to stray far from the beaten path.

Her most intimate, immersive release to date, this enchanting, unsettling song is marked by a sparse, atmospheric arrangement as she offers the invitation to “explore the often-unquestioned expectations we are dealt out by society”, once again “drawing attention to how we opt to live our lives and if there’s something better out there for us”.

“In short, it’s the sister to my previous thunder-and-lightning single, Hurricane,” says Rachel, who relocated from York to London earlier this year.

“They’re about the same subject of escaping the beaten path, but they’re totally different! This one is a sinister lullaby. I think it’s a perfect soundtrack for this autumnal weather creeping in.”

Highlighting the theme of exploration and expression on Rachel’s soon-to-be-announced EP, Weaver Bird “pushes deeper into unexplored sonic territory than ever before, and there’s much more to come,” she promises. “The track is available everywhere for sale and for streaming at”

Last year, Rachel’s debut UP, Reap What You Sow, earned praise from New Noise magazine and was featured on the BBC and Netflix co-production Rebel Cheer Squad.

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Fran Lebowitz: Opinions aplenty at Grand Opera House, York

CULTURE vultures Graham Chalmers and Charles Hutchinson mull over American writer and Netflix documentary acerbic wit Fran Lebowitz’s night with bite at the Grand Opera House, York, in Episode 98 of Two Big Egos In A Small Car.

Under discussion too are Steve Coogan and Hugh Grant talking politics, The Smile’s detour from Radiohead and the new Suicide compilation.

Final thought: is the writing on the wall for Eng. Lit studies at university? To listen, head to:

Katherine Ryan to return to York Barbican with Missus’s thoughts on love and life

Katherine Ryan: Autumn return to York Barbican

CANADIAN comedian, writer, presenter and actress Katherine Ryan is to return to York Barbican on September 29 for a second performance of Missus.

The creator and star of the Netflix series The Duchess and host of All That Glitters first presented her latest tour show in York last December.

Ryan, 38, once denounced partnerships but she has since married her first love, accidentally, in a world where a lot has changed for everyone, prompting her to offer new perspectives on life, love and what it means to be Missus.

London-based Ryan’s debut sitcom, The Duchess, made its debut in September 2020, immediately leaping to the top of the UK Netflix chart in the wake of her Netflix stand-up specials, 2017’s In Trouble and July 2019’s Glitter Room.  She remains the only woman to be given a Netflix global special.

Ryan is a stalwart of British panel shows Would I Lie To You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and QI and has appeared on the BBC One series Who Do You Think You Are?.  

Tickets for Katherine Ryan’s Missus show go on sale on Friday from 10am at

Jimmy Carr’s Terribly Funny show chalks up a treble in York with Barbican trip next April

New date, new material, new tour poster, for a more serious-faced Jimmy Carr’s April 2022 return to York with his Terribly Funny show

JIMMY Carr will complete a hattrick of York performances of his Terribly Funny tour show next spring.

After playing sold-out gigs at York Barbican on November 4 and the Grand Opera House five nights later, he will return to the Barbican on April 15, with the promise of “all-new material for 2022”.

The 49-year-old host of Channel 4’s The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown will be discussing terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. “But they’re just jokes,” Carr says. “They are not the terrible things.” 

Jimmy Carr’s poster for his November 2021 performances of Terribly Funny at York Barbican and the Grand Opera House

Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo, he asserts. 

After recording Funny Business at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2015 andThe Best Of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits in 2019, Carr’s third Netflix stand-up special, His Dark Material, will premiere on the streaming platform on Christmas Day.

Tickets for Terribly Funny’s third York outing are on sale at