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Steve Coogan tour dates, venues and tickets announced

Comedian Steve Coogan, creator of the fictitious Norwich-based DJ Alan Partridge, is to play a series of live UK tour dates. This will be the first time that Coogan has toured in around ten years and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

Entitled Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters, the comedy tour comprise 40 dates and is expected to include many of his other comedy creations, such as Paul Calf and his 'sister' Pauline.

Perrier Award winner Coogan's Alan Partridge character started off as a fake chat sports reporter on BBC Radio 4.

He then went across to television with 'The Day Today', before hosting a mock chat show called 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'.

The forthcoming 2008 tour starts in October and venues are set to include Stoke-on-Trent, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Derby, two nights in Nottingham, Blackburn, Liverpool, Ipswich, Bristol and, of course Alan Partridge's home town of Norwich – where Coogan performs three shows. Other venues include Southend, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Portsmouth, Brighton, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds.

Steve Coogan is a former Perrier Award winner and has appeared in movies such as 24 Hour Party People, The Parole Officer and Around the World in 80 Days. His more recent comic creations include the BBC TV show Saxondale.