After more than a decade off-stage, British comedian Ben Elton will return to stand-up with a tour that begins next November in Dublin and Belfast.

Now an established author, playwright, actor and director, he started out as part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on hit TV shows such as The Young Ones and Blackadder.

Following a 15-year break from touring, the godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define. Back on the road with an all new show, he promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad.

 As he says: "The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn."

 The 53-date tour kicks off next year at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on September 27, then he plays Belfast's Ulster the following night and then tours Britain, culminating in a gig in Torquay on November 30.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale on Monday December 10.