Liam tackles capitalism head on

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Following two sold-out London runs, a UK tour, critical acclaim, and an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination, comedian Liam Williams returns with a UK tour of ‘Capitalism’, which will be coming to The Mac in Belfast on April 24.

If you like television he’s done a few things for that: Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store, something for Channel 4. And if you’re old, he’s been on BBC Radio 4, like, three times.

Capitalism shoots (just as firmly) from the other hip. Things are going well, Williams’ chin is up, his mouth is beginning to turn upwards at the corners, and yet the monkey refuses to relinquish its grip on his back.

Within success and happiness there remains a space for inadequacy, and that is precisely where this show finds itself nestled. Williams continues on his existential journey, with a notably outward-looking hour. His attention has turned to economic struggle, societal obligation, apathy, malaise, and the implications of reaching quarter-life with one’s brain intact. It’s abrasive stuff, but with a spring in its step.

Williams recently wrote and starred in his own series of Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps (featuring Alison Steadman, Charlotte Ritchie, and Duncan Preston) he is also currently writing a sketch show for BBC iPlayer, will be appearing in Comic Relief, and has a BBC Radio 4 series in the pipeline later in the year. In 2013 he was named as one of GQ’s ‘Men of the next 25 years’, appeared as the standup act on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), as a guest on Phil & Alice’s Lolz Lounge (BBC Radio 1) and featured in Jamie Demetriou’s Comedy Blaps (Channel 4). In 2012 he appeared in Doctor Brown’s Channel 4 pilot, as well as performing solo as part of BBC Comedy presents.

Tickets for the Belfast show are on sale from The Mac Box Office.