Paul Mayhew-Archer is going on tour and we’re absolutely delighted about the fact!
Following a brief career in teaching, during which he organised a school trip and got left behind, Paul Mayhew-Archer has spent the last 40 years trying to make us laugh.
He is a multi-award-winning writer whose credits include 'The Vicar of Dibley’, “Mrs Brown’s Boys” and the screen version of “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot” starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. He also produced the much loved Radio 4 shows ‘I'm Sorry I haven’t A Clue’ and ‘Old Harry’s Game’, and as a script editor he has worked on everything from ‘Spitting Image’ to ‘Miranda’.
In 2011 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It’s an incurable illness that gets progressively worse and has over 50 symptoms. It is also - as Paul quickly found out - funny.
Since then he’s had some of the best times of his life.
In 2016 he made his first documentary, “Parkinson’s: The funny Side”, for which he won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Presenter. In 2017 he started doing stand-up about Parkinson’s, first at the Royal Albert Hall then at The Comedy Store. In 2018 he took part in his first podcast, sitting next to The Archbishop of Canterbury and performed his first ever One Man show, "Incurable Optimist”, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2019 following the hugely successful run at Edinburgh, he is now touring the UK.
Paul can scarcely believe his luck. “I'm 66 and I’ve got the chance to travel the country making people laugh. On a bus pass.”
’Incurable Optimist’ is an inspiring show about the therapeutic power of comedy and laughter from a man who is not contagious but is well worth catching.
Praise for Paul Mayhew-Archer and ‘Incurable Optimist’.
“A master of story telling, timing and delivery… an expertly conceived and delivered hour of
comedy” ★★★★ Fringe Review
“Charmingly funny and warmly delivered… The well-worked punchlines should appeal to every
age” ★★★★ What’s On London
“Eloquent storytelling reminiscent of the likes of Terry Jones and Peter Sellers… sets the
room into fits of laughter” ★★★★ BroadwayBaby
“I know Paul as ‘F***wit’. He’s always been very funny, but now he has Parkinson’s, he’s
‘F***wittier’” – Dawn French
“Very funny, and moving too” – Richard Curtis
“Paul isn’t just one of the country’s funniest writers. It turns out he is also an annoyingly brilliant performer” – Josh Widdicombe
“Brave – and funny” – Ian Hislop
“So funny – and true, in the way only comedy can express” – Rory Bremner
“Laugh out loud funny and bursting with warmth and charm, like seeing your favourite uncle
on Christmas Day take the piss out of your nan” – Daisy May Cooper, BAFTA winning star of