The UK’s only stand-up mountaineer will be aiming to climb to the top of Epsom’s comedy ladder when he bringing his new lecture show to town.
The award-winning mountain-climber and bestselling author Andy Kirkpatrick will be sharing his comical take on Inappropriate Climbing - his love of climbing in the most extreme of conditions in some of the most inhospitable places on the planet.
This new show will chart his exploits in the last two years as Kirkpatrick recounts the challenges he has undertaken since his Autumn 2011 stage tour, Cold Wars.
Kirkpatrick risked courting controversy in 2012 by taking his 13-year-old daughter up Yosemite’s vertical 3,000ft El Capitan for Children’s BBC’s My Life series - making her the youngest girl to achieve the feat.
He has revisited Norway’s Troll Wall, attempted another winter expedition on the North Face of the Eiger and aided sight-loss climber Steve Bate to the top of El Capitan - a task made even more emotionally difficult after he received the news that his partner, the British Paralympic cycling medallist Karen Darke, had been hit by a car during a training ride. Kirkpatrick will also talk about his 2013 trip to Antarctica.
Inappropriate Climbing will blend narrative with audio-visuals to give audiences a taste of the realities of venturing on major expeditions.
Kirkpatrick says: "Humour has always been a big part of dangerous and extreme climbing for me, helping to diffuse tense situations which would otherwise have you filling your pants.
"Adding this to the time honoured ability for mountaineers to spin a yarn, and you get a show which appeals to a very wide audience. Everyone likes to be scared, and laugh about it afterwards."
Kirkpatrick funds his dangerous expeditions by working as a film and television stunt safety adviser, most notably with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and for the BBC’s Dalziel and Pascoe.
The funnyman has also enjoyed success with his two books, Psychovertical and Cold Wars, both of which won the Boardman Tasker Prize.
Andy Kirkpatrick - Inappropriate Climbing; Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom; February 27, 7.30pm; £15; call 01372 742555; visit www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk