Paxman talks pogonophobia on stage

Congleton Guardian: Jeremy Paxman will talk about 'the fear of beards' in his one-man stage show Jeremy Paxman will talk about 'the fear of beards' in his one-man stage show

Jeremy Paxman has promised to investigate " pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition" in a new one-man stage show.

The Newsnight presenter is appearing for a week at the Edinburgh Festival in August.

An advertisement for the show, which is called Paxo, said: " The broadcaster, author and Spitting Image puppet probes pogonophobia, underpants and the human condition. With surprises galore and your opportunity to quiz the grand inquisitor, Paxo unstuffs the man ranked by GQ Magazine as 'Britain's 26th rudest person'."

Paxman accused the BBC of p ogonophobia - a fear of beards - after he caused a stir last year by appearing on air with one.

Speaking last year, he said: " I have grown a beard for the last few summers, and suddenly wondered whether I really needed to shave it off to present Newsnight.

''Unless you're lucky enough to be Uncle Albert on Only Fools And Horses, Demis Roussos or Abu Hamza, the BBC is generally as pogonophobic as the late-lamented Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha."

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12:30pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Martin999 says...

So he's pretending to be a comedian now? Can't think of anyone less funny............oh wait a minute, yes, Steve Coogan.
So he's pretending to be a comedian now? Can't think of anyone less funny............oh wait a minute, yes, Steve Coogan. Martin999
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8:38am Fri 11 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

You don't think Steve Coogan's funny ? You've obviously never seen him play Paul and Pauline Calf. Actually I find Paxo torturing some hapless politico hilarious.
You don't think Steve Coogan's funny ? You've obviously never seen him play Paul and Pauline Calf. Actually I find Paxo torturing some hapless politico hilarious. B rian Tawses left foot
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