Honorary doctorate for comedian Bill Bailey

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Honorary doctorate for comedian Bill Bailey


Published on 9 October 2014

The University of the Sunshine Coast will present an honorary doctorate to internationally acclaimed British comedian, musician and actor Bill Bailey on Tuesday 14 October.

A special ceremony has been organised to honour the talented performer, who will also deliver a free public lecture about his latest documentary on the work of British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist Alfred Russel Wallace.

The ceremony at USC from 11-11.30am will be followed immediately by Mr Bailey’s one-hour public presentation called ‘In the footsteps of Wallace’.

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the honorary doctorate was being awarded to acknowledge Mr Bailey’s outstanding contribution to the environment on a global scale.

“We believe that his commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainability, particularly in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, demonstrates excellence and deserves recognition,” he said.

“As an internationally acclaimed comedian, who is highly regarded across generations and around the world, his public support of these causes contributes greatly to the conservation of our planet and serves as a model for present and future generations.”

Mr Bailey’s extensive career includes international stand-up comedy tours, performing on television, film and radio, teaming with Robin Williams for a duet at Prince Charles' 60th birthday, and performing at the Royal Albert Hall with a full BBC Concert Orchestra.

He played the character, Manny, in the BAFTA award-winning sitcom, Black Books, was a team captain on the BBC music panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and is a regular panelist on the hit BBC panel show QI.

His documentary on Alfred Russel Wallace, called Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, was shown on BBC2 last year. It documents the work of the lesser-known colleague of Charles Darwin and his contribution to the theory of evolution of species just over 100 years ago.

Mr Bailey will begin a four-night season of his show, Limboland, at QPAC in Brisbane on Sunday.

Seating for Mr Bailey’s public lecture at USC is strictly limited.

— Terry Walsh

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