Alan Davies:
Life is Pain
DVD release    Christmas 2013   

Alan Davies makes a triumphant and long-awaited return to stand-up with his first live gig in more than a decade. Recorded live at Hammersmith Apollo the hilarious new show, Life Is Pain, covers every aspect of the modern condition.


While famous as an actor – the titular role in BBC hit Jonathan Creek – and a household star  for his role as Stephen Fry’s foil on QI, Alan was sorely missed from live stand-up. His first show back is a glorious insight into Alan’s unique worldview – growing up in the ‘70s, losing his mother as a little boy, the vagaries of Facebook, sex toys and being a father are just some of the subjects he tackles.


The Big Issue says of the show, “Davies has lost none of his appeal…heart-tugging and deeply funny,” while the Guardian writes, “One of the best stand-up comics out there…packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation.”

production credits
Written and Performed by
Alan Davies
Michael Cumming
Sťamus Murphy-Mitchell
Executive Producers for BBC Worldwide
Jonathan Blyth
Toby White
Executve Producer
Clive Tulloh
Alan Davies

His style appears effortless as he frequently interrupts himself mid-anecdote to tell another while never losing the audience.

Mairi Gordon

Davies lives up to the high expectation.

 Davies has made an effortless return to stand-up comedy, clearly enjoying every moment on stage. If Life is Pain, then this was an absolute pleasure.

Iain Gorman