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FORGET the doom and gloom of 2010 and kick off the New Year with a massive grin on your face as Stephen K Amos stops off in Hemel for some feel good fun.

Straight from his own BBC2 series – The Stephen K Amos Show – and from presenting BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, Amos is back on the road touring in 2011.

A circuit stalwart, he’s been charming audiences all over the world for a long time - but it’s only in the last few years that his easy, relaxed style, intelligent wit and honest warm-hearted joie de vivre have made him a household name.

As well as his own TV show he now appears regularly on BBC1’s The One Show and Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, he’s been a guest on BBC1’s Have I Got News for You, BBC2’s Mock the Week and Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week, and triumphed with a hilarious set at The Royal Variety Performance on ITV.

Amos is also a radio man appearing on a variety of stand-up and sketch shows on BBC Radio’s 2, 4, 6 Music and 7.

In 2004 he won a Time Out award for comedy and was nominated for the Chortle award for best compere in 2004, 2007 and 2008.

A talented actor, Amos has proved that he not only has a gift for comedy but also for more serious roles. He was Sir Benjamin Backbite in R B Sheridan’s farce The School for Scandal, alongside Lionel Blair, Marcus Brigstocke and Phil Nichol at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009. He also starred in the critically acclaimed production of Talk Radio directed by Stewart Lee at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006. And he appeared in the West End and Edinburgh run of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest alongside Christian Slater.

In 2007 Amos made Batty Man - a BAFTA nominated Channel 4 documentary on homophobia in the black British community. Growing up in south London and knowing people who were living double lives, he wanted to explore the negative attitudes on his own patch and discover whether or not things are changing in 21st century Britain.

In 2009 he was in the cast of the BBC2 sitcom In My Country – a multicultural show set in a run-down guest house.

And if that’s not enough, he’s also developed a keen interest in food and cookery following his side-splitting contribution to BBC2’s Celebrity Masterchef and BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, and is now much in demand on the foodie circuit.

Amos who arrived with his parents from Nigeria 40 years ago, inadvertently plunged Prince Harry into a race controversy in 2009 after revealing that the young royal had told him that he didn’t sound like a black chap when they met after a gig to celebrate Prince Charles’s 6oth birthday. Amos was far more forgiving than others.

He used to joke that he’d have to wait for Lenny Henry to die before he’d get on television – well, Lenny’s still very much alive and kicking and it looks as though Amos himself is going to be around for a very long time to come.

Don’t miss out on seeing one of the country’s strongest stand-ups - Stephen K Amos: The Best Medicine – tour warm up at the Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead, Friday, January 14, 8pm.Call the box office on 01442 228091 for tickets or go online at Tickets will be on sale from Monday, January 10.