AFTER five sell-out performances last year, there is another chance to see Bill Bailey at The Hexagon this month as he extends his popular ‘Larks in Transit’ tour.

The show highlights two decades of life as a comic - filtered through what the Daily Telegraph calls ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’ - and it will return to The Hexagon on August 30.

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian.

With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, he tackles politics, philosophy, the pursuit of happiness, death metal… and an excruciating encounter with Paul McCartney.

Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes.

Born Mark Robert Bailey, the comedian, musician, singer, actor, TV and radio presenter and author is well-known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and QI, as well as his extensive stand-up work.

He has won - and been nominated for - a string of major awards, including the best live stand-up award at the British Comedy Awards in 1999 and the best Male On Screen Talent for ‘Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero’ at the Royal Television Society West of England Awards 2014.

At the start of his career, Bailey began touring the country with comedians such as Mark Lamarr.

In 1984, he formed a double act, the Rubber Bishops, with Toby Longworth - a fellow former pupil at King Edward’s School, Bath. It was there that Bailey began developing his own style, mixing in musical parodies with deconstructions of or variations on traditional jokes.

Tickets for Bill Bailey - Larks in Transit at The Hexagon Reading are on sale now. They are priced at £30.50 and are available online at or by calling the box office on 0118 960 6060.

The show starts promptly at 8pm and there is no support act, so audience members are urged to arrive in food time as latecomers will not be admitted.