Comedy duo reviving legendary characters

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse as the Old Gits
Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse as the Old Gits
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Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have enjoyed 25 years of TV success.

But during all that time they have never done a live tour as a double act.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse as the Old Gits

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse as the Old Gits

Until now that is. Their Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse Legends! tour is coming to the Opera House on Tuesday, November 10.

Not quite the Old Gits of their screen characters yet – although they admit no longer needing make up to age them – they’re still drawing inspiration from an adopted son of Blackpool, Ken Dodd.

Harry said: “(Blur’s) Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon (of The Clash) went to see Ken Dodd perform in Ipswich recently.

“They had to leave after three and a half hours because they had to get the last train home. Doddy is 87 – he puts us to shame!”

“That says a lot about Damon and Paul as rock stars,” smiles Paul.

“They didn’t say, ‘Let’s have a massive orgy’. They said, ‘Let’s get the last train home’!”

As they plan to bring to life the much-loved creations of their TV series, such as Harry and Paul, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme and Harry Enfield and Chums, fans can look forward to revisiting the likes of Loadsamoney, 
Stavros, The Old Gits, Smashie and Nicey plus Kevin the Teenager.

“We’ll take the old stuff and give it a modern twist,” Paul said.

“So we couldn’t do Stavros without some kind of reference to the current situation in Greece.”

“He’ll only take drachmas now,” Harry chips in.

And what about the world’s favourite DJs?

“You couldn’t do Smashie and Nicey stuff from the past, when there is so much to say about DJs now,” Harry reckons.

“They’re easy to modernise. Nicey’s been on a ‘holiday’ for a few years.

“I was worried about making Loadsamoney work, but then I realised that he is just a stupid, naughty idiot.”

“I can see you’re really enjoying being the prize idiot, Harry!” Paul laughs.

Harry also tackles the issue of his 54-year-old self, playing Kevin the Teenager: “We’re doing a joke about me still playing him. It’s clearly ridiculous for someone of my age to be playing him!”

+ Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse Legends, Opera House, Blackpool, Tuesday, November 10. Call (01253) 625252 for tickets.