You better, you better, you bet

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Award-winning comedian, adventurer, author and radio personality Tim FitzHigham brings his new show ‘The Gambler’ to Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, in April.

The show, now on a UK tour, is fuelled by Tim’s obsession with playing the odds and taking on the weirdest wagers in history.

His fascination with all things relating to the game of chance was first chronicled at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011 when ‘The Gambler’ made its debut and won critical acclaim.

Having gone on to write and star in two BBC Radio 4 series on the back of this initial success, Tim has established himself as a man who is infamous for doing things that no one else would dare do . . that perhaps wouldn’t occur to anyone else to do!

In preparation for this show, Tim, ‘the perfect British eccentric’, has been undertaking all kinds of weird and wonderful challenges including walking blindfolded through four lanes of traffic, trying to shut down the West Country and cooking under 10 feet of water - using out of date explosives. What could possibly go right?

Tim is, it must be accepted, a silly man. His unswerving devotion to bad ideas and the shows they create has seen him break bones, re-mortgage his house, contract a flesh eating microbe, collapse from dehydration, be blinded in one eye for six months, spend several nights with the Leith Police, survive concussion and be hospitalised with a bone-marrow eating infection. That’s just a few of the catalogue of disasters and injuries he has suffered. There can be no other comedian who chases so hard for a comic punch-line.

Previous Edinburgh shows saw him get locked in a trap inspired by the Da Vinci Code, paddle paper boats down the Thames, ride hollowed out logs up the Amazon, run deserts in suits of armour and cross the Channel in a bath tub. He invented endurance Morris Dancing, sprinted against race horses and took inflatables down Olympic black ski runs.

His amazing career has seen him vigorously test the Karma Sutra and climb up the outside of some of the world’s tallest buildings.

Tim’s BBC Radio 4 hit ‘The Gambler’ completed its second series in 2015 and his CBBC programme ‘Super Human Challenge’ is now on BBC Worldwide.

Tim has scrabbled in the mud on ‘Time Team’, regularly MCs at Jongleurs comedy nights (perhaps the most foolhardy of all challenges) and has played himself in a film directed by Clint Eastwood.

Audiences are invited to come to see Tim live (and also amazingly still alive) and enjoy his tales of foolhardy and brave adventures at Square Chapel on Saturday, April 9.

Tel: 01422 349422.