If you look up the word 'zany', there's a good chance a reference to Freddie Starr will never be too far away. Emerging in the early seventies as an impressionist, stand-up and singer, and cultivating an image as an unpredictable, wide-eyed, fun-loving lunatic, Starr quickly became a favourite of UK television audiences, not least for his torment of chat show hosts.
His lunacy has itself been a magnet for the oblique and bizarre. He enjoyed a Top Ten hit in 1974 with 'It's You', his racehorse, 'Minniehoma', won the 1994 Grand National and, in 1986, he survived famous tabloid claims that he 'ate my hamster'. You couldn't make it up. Except for that last one, which even the man behind the story, publicist Max Clifford, later admitted was 'nonsense'.
More than a decade after his last mainstream TV work (ITV's 'The Freddie Starr Show'), Freddie looked to have finally taken a breath and chilled out to enjoy his autumn years (and recover from a 2010 heart attack).
Until now. Anyone alive in the UK at the moment will be aware that Freddie Starr is currently a main attraction in the latest series of ITV's 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here'. Just two days in, and he's on the front pages of the tabloid press once more, reportedly hospitalised having eaten a camel's toe. Now that you couldn't make up.
Already amongst the favourites to win the series (presuming he survives his health scare), Starr is once again building his stock and finding a new audience. Even if his stint in 'I'm a Celebrity' comes to a premature end, he's already created more than enough headlines.
His 2011 Comeback Tour dates were rescheduled to allow him to go 'into the jungle' and the new dates are being added to all the time as Freddie also schedules 'Back from the Jungle' gigs.
We have tickets available now for the spring 2012 gigs, which take in Stockport, Sunderland, Whitley Bay, Aberdeen, Oldham, Newcastle and more, with many more dates anticipated.
Prices vary by venue but start at around £20. Many will sell out. When he does a tasteful [is that a pun? - Ed] 'camel toe' joke, remember you heard it here first.