COMEDIAN Ben Elton is bringing his UK tour to Poole next year.

The actor and playwright will visit Lighthouse on Saturday, October 19.

The show will take place in the venue’s Concert Hall at 7.30pm.

Following the huge success of Ben’s critically acclaimed sold-out UK tour in 2019, which marked his return to stand up after a 15-year hiatus, Ben is going back on the road with new live show, Authentic Stupidity.

The show will take in 54 dates across the UK and Ireland.

Ben said: “The verdict’s in! Humanity is thick! Homo halfwit. The idiot branch of the ape family! We need signs to tell us to step off escalators, we elect gibbering fools to lead us, and now we’ve invented Artificial Intelligence, which is actually going to replace us!

“ I’ve spent 45 years in comedy exploring the outer limits of human idiocy and my mission has never been more timely. Forget AI! It’s AS we need to be worrying about!”

Ben’s multi-award-winning career spans more than four decades and includes TV shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder and Upstart Crow.

He has also written West End plays and musicals like Popcorn and We Will Rock You and best-selling novels Stark, Dead Famous, and Two Brothers.

Meanwhile, his feature films include Maybe Baby, Three Summers, and All is True.

In October last year, Ben returned to Channel 4 for a one-off revival of Friday Night Live to rave reviews.

The reincarnation of the original smash-hit Saturday Night Live was critically acclaimed, and Ben won the BAFTA for comedy entertainment programme 2023.

Tickets for Ben Elton: Authentic Stupidity at Lighthouse Poole are now on sale at