Comedian Phill Jupitus is to warm up for his Edinburgh Festival appearance by playing a gig in Didcot in South Oxfordshire on 26th July – there are tickets still left! The Cornerstone Arts Centre is sure to be packed on the big night as Jupitus – star of shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI – road-tests new material.

Organisers of the show warn that “Phill might be using notes during the show” – advice which is unlikely to put off fans keen to see him return to stand-up.

Phill – yes, his name does have an unusual spelling – has not always worked as a comedian. A short spell working in a Jobcentre ended when he became a performance poet; an unusual job which saw him supporting Billy Bragg. Time spent working as a press officer for The Housemartins followed before, in 1990, he found his true vocation as a gigging stand-up comic.

In 1996 he became a household name; thanks to his role as a team captain in Never Mind the Buzzcocks. It was a role he combined with being a radio DJ; Jupitus’s voice was the first voice to air on the BBC 6 Music radio station – he presented the morning show for five years.

But fans who attend his Didcot show will know to expect some outspoken opinions as Jupitus has famously been critical of some of the BBC management policies he encountered during his time on the radio.

Didcot – deep in the heart of Midsomer Murders territory – is a great place to visit if you’re taking a weekend break in South Oxfordshire. The Cornerstone Arts Centre often hosts performances by some great artists – just like Phil.