TV funny man Jimmy Carr will return Grays next month for an extra date to preview his upcoming tour Funny Business.

The 8 Out Of 10 Cats host, who is one of the country's most popular stand up comedians, was at the Civic Hall last month and left the audience rolling in the aisles.

He was already set to play the same venue on Tuesday, April 8, but has now added a third date in Grays on Saturday, April 12.

Carr, whose stand-up shows have been seen by more than 1.5 million people, has performed preview shows at the Civic Hall before this year.

His first visit to Grays in August 2007 was one he won’t forget.

The show was interrupted 15 minutes in when a door to the right side of the stage burst into flames. The comic returned to the stage 30 minutes later carrying a fire extinguisher.

Tickets are on sale now and are available from the Thameside Theatre box office on Orsett Road or by calling them on 0845 300 5264.