Updated: Thursday, 23rd November 2017 @ 10:19am

Former WWE wrestling champion Mick Foley debuts UK stand-up comedy tour at Manchester's Dancehouse

Former WWE wrestling champion Mick Foley debuts UK stand-up comedy tour at Manchester's Dancehouse

By Emma Nicholls

Better known for hardcore death matches, steel chairs and the infamous 1998 “Hell In A Cell” bout with WWE icon The Undertaker, Mick Foley exchanges the world of professional wrestling for stand-up comedy.

The UK tour kicks off in Manchester and moves on to Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London, cities Foley knows only too well following his globetrotting career with WWE.

Foley said: “I am enormously excited and relieved about my upcoming comedy tour.

“Excited about the prospect of telling stories, hearing laughter and fielding questions from some of my most loyal and dedicated fans.

Mick’s first baby steps behind the microphone started early on in his career with WWE where he took to promo-land and rocked the world of hundreds of thousands of fans.

Manchester Foley fan Jimmy Curtis, 26, an intern, said: “If his stand-up is half as entertaining as those moments at WWE, it is sure to blow the house down.”

The tour has been widely anticipated by British fans for two years after Foley made his comedic debut in 2009 at the world famous Improv in Las Angeles, California.

Foley said: “[I am] relieved that I finally have a real answer to the one of the two questions I’m most frequently asked: when are you coming back to the UK?”

Outside the ring Foley’s accreditations go beyond Mankind’s signature finishing move, the Mandible Claw.

His autobiography “Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks” took the top spot of the New York Times best seller list upon its release in 1999 appealing to wrestling-fans and non-wrestling fans alike. 

Albeit the headlocks, barbed wire and various wrestling alter egos, Mick Foley is a dedicated family man indulging in his passions of theme parks, Halloween and Tori Amos.

Alongside this, Foley finds time to devote himself to various charitable causes, as an advocate and volunteer for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).

Foley’s career in stand-up may not be as physically grueling as his WWE wrestling days, but we can certainly be sure that it will be just as dramatic as we expect to see the same fantastic writing style and humor in his comedy on stage, as it was in the ring.

Amongst the wrestling world there’s a lot of love for Dude Love. It only seems right for the former King Of The Death Match to now take comedic centre stage and unleash his verbal talents on the British fans.

Wednesday 9 November – 8.00pm @ The Dancehouse – Tickets £17.50 (no concessions)