Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paul Exchanges the Fringe for a Night on Tyneside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paul Exchanges the Fringe for a Night on Tyneside

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A new monthly comedy night starts on Tyneside next week.

The Saville Exchange in North Shields will play host to Funny Bones Comedy and promises to bring the funniest performers from the UK circuit.

The first comedy night is on January 21 and features Paul Kerensa, Sarah Millican and Chris Cairns.

One of the stand-out comedy stars from last year's Edinburgh festival, Kerensa took his hour-long show "26" to the fringe where he won critical acclaim for his humour and intelligence.

We posed him a few questions.

What have you been doing recently?

I'VE been enjoying the Christmas period as it's been two weeks of not driving across the country. It's been great.

Instead, I've been teaching comedy writing to an Indian TV presenter, rewriting and gagging up a businessman's conference speech, and doing some after-dinner speaking.

After-dinner speaking is like stand-up comedy but with a little less swearing and a three-course dinner instead of a kebab!

What did you think of your Edinburgh festival show last year?

I WAS quite self-critical, which meant I changed it all the time. Probably for the best as it means you don't get too complacent. It went down well though, and it was selling out from very early on. Plus I even made some money off it, which I'd never thought possible.

That money only saw me through September though, because I had to just sleep for a month. Edinburgh is a great experience but it does take it out of you. Next year I might try and eat some fruit or something, instead of just deep-fried pizza, haggis kebab burgers, and chips in sauce.

What's the strangest thing that's happened while you've been performing?

I once performed in front of no audience ( the promoter made me go on stage, even though he'd sold no tickets. I was comparing and had to get the show started, he said, so that people in the pub next door would hear there's comedy on and come through. …

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