A comedian is recovering from a fractured skull and a broken arm after he was attacked in Norwich.
Karl Minns is one half of the Norfolk comedy duo the Nimmo Twins
Karl Minns, who is one half of the Norfolk comedy duo the Nimmo Twins, was punched to the floor then repeatedly kicked by two men on Riverside pathway.
The attack took place as Mr Minns, 37, was walking home after a performance at the city's Playhouse early on Friday.
He was due to be performing over the weekend but both shows have been cancelled due to his injuries.
The Nimmo Twins have appeared on BBC One's Stand Up Show before becoming regulars on Radio 4's Loose Ends programme.
In their native Norfolk, they are best known for their yearly tongue-in-cheek sketch show, Normal for Norfolk.
One of the attackers is described as aged 20 to 25, white, about 6ft 2in and wore a dark knee-length duffel coat with a hood.
The second man is white, aged between 20 to 25, 5ft 11in and was wearing a black hooded jacket with white writing on it.
The men ran off towards Duke Street after the attack, along with a white woman who was with them.
A spokeswoman for the Playhouse Theatre said: "I have spoken to Owen Evans, the other half of the twins, who has spoken to Karl - he has got nasty facial injuries, a fractured skull and a broken arm. He was in hospital but is now resting at home."
Three of the Nimmo Twins' cancelled performances, billed as "Bat out of Hellesdon", may be rescheduled in the New Year.
"We are not sure if Karl will be well enough until he has seen a doctor but let's hope he is," the spokeswoman said.
"It was an horrendous attack," she added.
Anyone with information about the attack, which took place at 0035 GMT, is asked to contact Norfolk Police.