‘POETICALS, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness.’

That’s how comedian Tim Key describes his new solo show, Megadate, which arrives at the Colchester Arts Centre next week.

Indeed, a Tim Key show features far more than just stand-up.

His live offerings are ambitious and theatrical, an intricate web of pithy poems and playful anecdotes, short films and elaborate stunts, and, yes, plenty of lager guzzling.

Off stage, Key’s acting skills has scored him parts in TV treasures like Inside No 9, Peep Show and Detectorists, and back on stage in the 20th anniversary run of Art at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

Plus, for the last 8 years, he’s been sitting alongside Norfolk’s premiere digital radio DJ Alan Partridge as the scene-stealing Sidekick Simon.

But it’s live on stage – reading silly poems off the back of playing cards, teasing the audience with semi-whimsical stories and sloshing cans of beer – that’s earned Key a legion of fans.

He’s at the Church Street venue on Tuesday from 8pm. Tickets are available by calling 01206 500900.