The difficult second show is one of my favourites. It wasn’t ready when I took it to Edinburgh in 2007. You spend your career leading up to your first big show and then you have the write the next one in a matter of months while you tour the hell out of the first one. Poet & Man mark 1 wasn’t a bad show, it was just a little flabby and I wasn’t quite on top of all the stand-up. The poems were mostly good and when I added two more ahead of the tour (a very long tour of about 30 dates) it became a really good show. I wouldn’t perform any of the poems now (apart from Company of Men) but I’m proud of it.
2007 4Talent Award winner Luke Wright is one of the UK’s leading stand-up poets, after a storming run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007 his new show Luke Wright, Poet & Man now tours the UK. Married and mortgaged at 25 Wright looks at what it takes to be a proper grow-up chap in the 21st Century, featuring sharp stand-up and his trademark blistering verse.
“A rip-roaring raconteur, evoking an almost Larkinesque sense of commuter-belt ennui” Metro
“This man is a genius.” ThreeWeeks
“Luke Wright the poet is electrifying. He’s like John Hegley crossed with Mike Skinner, and turns bland anecdotes about, say, his dweeby best mate from school, or his wife’s bottom, into visceral, poignant and riotously funny verse. I strongly advise you to pay to sit in a Portakabin and listen to them.” The Scotsman
“Britain’s brightest young bard … hugely engaging performer, smart and widely read without a trace of pretension” The Herald
“A genuinely funny and charming insight into how a rhetorically-informed world-view can turn a quick wit into a blinding talent. Luke Wright, Poet and Man, oozes verse from every pore. Luckily for us, he’s also a born performer.” Fest
“The hard working heir to John Hegley … Comic verse is in rude health at this year’s Fringe, and the spearhead of its revival is Luke Wright.” Critics’ Choice, The Guardian
“Speedy yet sensitive material that tickles the funny bone.” The List
“Luke Wright is a poet to be admired. His work is a cut above most spoken word artists. This show will further enhance his standing.” The Stage