Essential comedy: Rob Brydon in Belfast and Derry

Rob Brydon will bring his stand-up to Belfast and Derry this autumn

COMEDIAN Rob Brydon has announced a pair of Irish dates as part of his new tour I Am Standing Up, his first extended run of live shows in almost a decade.

The Welsh funnyman and skilled impressionist will be performing at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Friday September 28 and at Derry's Millennium Forum on Saturday September 29.

The shows come as part of the 52-year-old's first live tour since 2009: clearly he's been busy with TV work like hit travel series The Trip, panel show Would I Lie To You? and his own talk show.

"I purposefully have several careers at once so I'm not beholden to the way the wind is blowing," Brydon told the Guardian last year.

"The purity of being on stage with your own audience is hard to beat. It's you and them, and you're in total control. There's a science to it. Jokes are equations.

"I still get nervous, sometimes horribly nervous, all kinds of anxieties, wishing I'd never booked the stupid tour in the first place, thinking, ‘I can't do this, I'm rubbish'.

"There's still the threat of getting up on stage and dying... nine times out of 10 it goes well, but you can't rely on people laughing."

:: Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster outlets, full tour details via

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