DABBLING in a range of performance genres is a great way for top entertainers to both financially capitalise on several markets and subtly boast about their limitless creative ability.

But very few are able to - or would even try to - construct a sole body of live work which acts as an amalgamation of comedy, theatre, spoken word and thought-provoking insights.

But stand-up funnyman Rob Auton, is just unhinged, left-field and philosophical enough to at least attempt to pull off such a unique experience.

Perhaps best known for his appearances on the likes of the Russell Howard Show and Comedy Central, the bristly-bearded eccentric has delivered rip-roaring sets at comedy festivals across the country.

But this weekend the acclaimed writer is bringing his brand of charming, stimulating and renaissance performance art to the Colchester Arts Centre.

Entitled The Time Show, Rob’s latest effort will see him delve into the complexities of time as he tries to answer the somewhat unanswerable question of “what is time?”

Every year, he picks a topic he is passionate about or intrigued by, and he then builds an entire show around it.

Previously, riveting subjects such as hair, talking, sleep, water, faces, the sky, and the colour yellow, have acted as the stimulus for Rob’s celebrated comedy writing.

All of which have seen him receive heaps of praise from the likes of the Guardian, Evening Standard, and the British Comedy Guide.

But this time he is turning his quizzical attention to deciphering the reason behind why the day-to-day mundanities of modern life pass us by.

If nothing else, Rob will coax the audience into an emotional and pondering state which many would not deem synonymous with the side-splitting silliness of a standard stand-up comedy show.

Rob’s stop-off in Colchester comes as part of a hefty UK tour which will see him take his intriguing comedy is to the stages of more than 30 venues.

Rob Auton will perform at Colchester Arts Centre this Sunday evening.

Doors will open at 7.30pm with the show scheduled to start at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 or £10 for concessions can be ordered by visiting colchesterartscentre.com.

They can also be purchased from the venue’s box office by calling 01206 500900.

To find out more about Rob Auton visit his website at robauton.co.uk.