Comedian Ashley Blaker – Normal Schmormal UK Tour 2024

by | Feb 29, 2024 | Comedy

Following the huge success of his recent book (Normal Schmormal) and second BBC Radio 4 series (Ashley Blaker: 6.5 Children), comedian Ashley Blaker embarks on his Normal Schmormal stand-up, UK tour this Spring.

Ashley’s aim is simple: to completely change how people talk about parenting children with special needs.

He has six children, three of whom have a Special Education Needs (SEN) diagnosis. Between the children there is autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, speech and language disorders, heart defects, hearing loss, mobility issues, sensory needs and gastroenterological problems. As Ashley says, ‘You know you’ve got a lot going on when Great Ormond Street Hospital give you your own parking space.’ It’s certainly not what anyone would call a ‘normal’ household, but Ashley wouldn’t want it any other way.

Ashley’s story is one which parents, carers and teachers of children with SEN will particularly relate to, but his heartwarming tour, like the book and radio series, will appeal to any parent who believes love and acceptance are the most important building blocks of a happy family.

Ashley Blaker said: ‘Being a parent is tough and raising kids with special needs is even tougher. That’s why I am delighted to share our story with people and hopefully provide some much-needed light relief. Thankfully our kids provide so much comic material this has all taken much less time to write than you might imagine.’

Ashley Blaker is a comedian, writer and father. He has performed two Off-Broadway shows, toured five continents and had several programmes on BBC Radio 4 including his family series Ashley Blaker: 6.5 Children, which has been the number one stand-up show on BBC Sounds.

In 2023, HarperCollins published his debut book ‘Normal Schmormal: My occasionally helpful guide to parenting kids with special needs’. It is a part-comic memoir and part how-to guide and highlights the challenges and rewards of raising a family which doesn’t fit into society’s definition of ‘normal’. It was serialised in the Sunday Times and quickly became a number one bestseller on Amazon. It also led to Ashley working with several major charities including Mencap, Sense and Adoption UK.

As a writer and producer, Ashley has worked with a who’s who of British comedy and was responsible for unleashing Little Britain on an unsuspecting nation.

Ashley Blaker Tour Dates:

Fri 12 Apr – Guildford, G Live
Sat 13 Apr – Hemel Hempstead, Old Town Hall
Tue 16 Apr – Radlett, Centre
Sat 20 Apr – Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre
Sun 21 Apr – Winchester, Theatre Royal
Thu 16 May – Birmingham, MAC
Fri 17 May – Swindon, Arts Centre
Wed 22 May – Hull, Social
Thu 23 May – Salford, Lowry
Sun 26 May – Leeds, Carriageworks
Sun 02 Jun – Southend, Palace Theatre
Tue 18 Jun – Colchester, Arts Centre
Wed 19 Jun – London, JW3
Sun 23 Jun – Exeter, Phoenix Theatre
Thu 27 Jun – Brighton, Komedia
Sat 29 Jun – Milton Keynes, The Stables

Ashley Blaker’s Website

 

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