A writer behind hit The Vicar of Dibley is coming to Worcester to talk about his battle with Parkinson's Disease in a comedy show. 

Paul Mayhew-Archer, co-writer of BBC hit comedy, is bringing his show about living with Parkinson’s to Worcester on August 17 as part of the Worcester Festival.

All proceeds from the show will go directly to Parkinson’s UK’s Worcester support group.

Paul Mayhew-Archer’s comedy show, Incurable Optimist, will be at St Martin's Church at 7.30pm, along with special guest Colin Sell, the pianist from Radio 4 favourite I’m sorry I Haven’t a Clue.

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In 2011 Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological condition with over 40 symptoms and no cure.

Despite the serious nature of the condition, Mr Mayhew-Archer was determined to see the lighter side and started writing jokes about it, with appearances at the Royal Albert Hall and The Comedy Store.

In 2015 he made an award-winning documentary about it called Parkinson’s - The Funny Side, and he recently started co-hosting the popular podcast Movers and Shakers with Jeremy Paxman and others about the realities of living with the condition.

Mr Mayhew-Archer started performing his one-man show, Incurable Optimist, in 2018.

He says his wife ‘lives in hope that a cure will be found so that he will finally shut up about it!’

In this special performance to raise money for Parkinson’s UK’s Worcester support group, he will bring his original show with new material about what has happened since.

The show is not just about Parkinson’s but his life trying to make the nation laugh as a writer, producer and script editor of some of the nation’s favourite comedies.

Comedian Josh Widdicombe has said: “Paul isn’t just one of the country’s funniest writers. It turns out he’s also a brilliant performer.”

Alan and Lynn Nokes, from Parkinson’s UK’s Worcester support group said: “We would like to thank Paul for giving up his time to not only raise awareness of the condition but for also raising much-needed funds for our group.

“Many of us loved watching the Vicar of Dibley and we can’t wait to see his entertaining show when he brings it to Worcester in August.”

Tickets are £15 and can be booked via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paul-mayhew-archer-incurable-optimist-with-special-guest-colin-sell-tickets-644835549487 All proceeds go directly to Parkinson’s UK’s Worcester support group.