Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Characterised by Characters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Characterised by Characters

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

First there was Graham Fellows. Then he turned into John Shuttleworth. And don't forget Brian Appleton. Now it is the turn of Dave Tordoff, the comedian's latest incarnation. Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr catches up with the man of many names

I've interviewed John Shuttleworth before. Funny man. Obsessed with garden centres.

I've also interviewed Brian Appleton. A rock musicologist who claims to have been dumped on from a great height.

And then there is Graham Fellows. "Haven't I spoken to you before?" he inquires.

"Yes and no," is my response.

You see I've never actually spoken to Fellows as Fellows. It's always been as his comic incarnations.

So I'm eager to find out exactly what makes Graham Fellows, musician/comic, tick.

Unfortunately, thanks to the Derbyshire hills, our conversation is for much of the time somewhat muted, irrational, and incomprehensible.

He's on a mobile phone en route to his next gig on the biggest tour he's yet undertaken.

I'd wanted to settle an old score with him. Thanks to his group Jilted John and their song Jilted John (i.e. Gordon is a Moron), I endured endless jokes at my expense as a child.

But each time I try to broach the subject, the line breaks up. Divine intervention, or just plain luck?

For when we're talking about Fellows's latest tour, the reception is crystal-clear.

His current jaunt, The Pillock of the Community tour, which arrives at Newcastle Opera House on Thursday, kicked off on April Fool's Day.

But Fellows is no fool. He's made a canny living out of tapping into quirky characters.

And the fans flocking to his shows this time around are set to meet yet another. Say hello to Dave Tordoff.

"He's a builder whose speciality is concrete filling," explains Fellows.

"He has this machine, a screeder. …

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