Ben Elton to gig in York as part of first tour for 10 years

Back on the mic – Ben Elton. Photograph: Jonathan Brady / PA Wire

Ben Elton has announced his first UK stand-up comedy tour for more than 10 years – and he’s coming to York.

The 53-date tour, Ben Elton Live, will start in Dublin on September 27 next year and will see him travel across the UK.

He comes to York Barbican on October 14.

Elton said: “The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn.”

Stark raving mad

The 59-year-old, who lives in Australia, returns with new material and “promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad”, an official release says.

The writer, comedian and film-maker’s best-known works include The Young Ones and Blackadder.

He has also penned numerous musicals, including We Will Rock You, which featured the hits of Queen.

Tickets go on sale on Monday (December 10).