Award-winning British comedian Simon Amstell will be performing at The Wilbur on Saturday, April 19 at 9:45 p.m., bringing his dark and self-deprecating humor to the other side of the pond. Described by The (London) Sunday Times as “as close as you can get to a man emotionally and philosophically disemboweling himself on stage”, Amstell’s comedic style offers a very personal and revealing hour of entertainment that The New York Times compares to “a young Woody Allen”.
The youngest ever finalist of the BBC Comedy Awards, Amstell grew up in Essex and became a household name in the U.K. as host of the much-loved comedy panel show, “Never Mind the Buzzcocks”. After four seasons, Amstell left the show and eventually went on to co-write the award-winning series “Grandma’s House”, in which Amstell portrays the host of an incredibly popular entertainment show who gives it all up to pursue a more serious acting career, only to find himself living at home in the suburbs with his dysfunctional family – something that was all too close to home for Amstell.
“I guess I left that just because I felt like I'd done it, and I felt like I knew how to do it. And once I know how to do something, I get a bit bored,” Amstell recently told the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner. “Also, I had an idea for a sitcom, so I really wanted to do that. I released my first standup special, which was called, ‘Do Nothing’ and ‘Grandma's House,’ which we did two seasons of, until I felt like I'd written all the pain out of me, around my family. And then I felt like I'd done that job and I was done with that as well. I definitely get a bit bored quite quickly. It’s quite a thing when you see these shows on the American television that are just like - Letterman just retired after, what was it, thirty-five years. That's a long time to be doing something every night. I can't imagine it. It drove me insane doing - I mean, we only did twelve episodes of Buzzcocks a year, and that was too much for me.”
While some British comedians might face difficulty in connecting with an American audience, Amstell’s style and material cross cultural boundaries by presenting scenarios to which anyone can relate.
“I supposed what I talk about isn't very specific to any one place. I'm talking about very human emotions. I'm talking about feeling fat or lonely or depressed,” Amstell reflects. “And I think everyone everywhere feels those things, unless they're very hungry, in which case that probably takes priority. But certainly, the UK and America, I mean, I suppose I'm not very interested in dividing up the planet that we're on. I supposed the thing is I'm mainly talking about myself. And wherever I go, I'm still the same sort of person with the same sort of feelings. The difficult thing is to escape yourself. And yeah, so it kind of all makes sense to everyone, who I'm speaking to. They all seem to be laughing.”
And laughing, they certainly are. Amstell has won n Royal Television Society Award as well as a Broadcast Award, two British Comedy Awards and has been nominated for a BAFTA for his work, proving that Amstell is an international comedic force to be reckoned with. With plans to continue to perform throughout the United States here and there, Amstell tells the BCSE that he thrives on not necessarily knowing what’s coming next in his career.
“I prefer not knowing for sure than being stuck with something I know exactly what I’m going to be doing and feeling, you know, like I need to get out of it in some way.”
Simon Amstell brings his self-revelatory style of stand-up comedy to Boston’s The Wilbur Theatre on Saturday, April 19 at 9:45 p.m. and tickets are still available. Don’t miss one of Britain’s hottest entertainers in this special one-night-only appearance. The Wilbur is located in Boston’s historic Theater District at 246 Tremont Street.