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Rob Newman at City Varieties

The comedian, writer and activist explores a 150-year controversy in evolutionary theory.

Rob Newman

Comedian, writer and activist Rob Newman will appear at City Varieties this April with his first complete show in seven years. Since gaining fame in The Mary Whitehouse Experience – alongside David Baddiel, Hugh Dennis and Steve Punt – Rob has continued to tour comedy shows and in 2007 created a six-part series, The History of the World Backwards, for BBC Four. In the past 20 years Rob has performed five solo stand-up shows, including Apocalypso Now in 2005, and produced four novels, his most recent being  The Trade Secret.

In his new show Rob describes the 150-year controversy in evolutionary theory and explores how the latest science demonstrates that DNA is not destiny.  From a Devil’s Orchard made by lemon ants, to female buffalo voting which way to go, Rob Newman argues that cooperation drives evolution more than competition.

Rob said: “Natural history is so full of freaky facts that when you tackle the complexity, you find that there is a wealth of detail, oodles of oddity which lend themselves to comedy.”

Rob Newman’s New Theory of Evolution is at City Varieties Music Hall on Friday 4th April 2014 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £13.10. Book online at or call box office on 0113 243 0808.

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