Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Was Quite the Geek ... the Commodore 64, Then Atari ST'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Was Quite the Geek ... the Commodore 64, Then Atari ST'

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COMEDIAN Jason Cook, 37, is nationally renowned and originally from Newcastle, now living in Manchester, with a wife who hates him.

Jason was first bitten by the comedy bug when he became part of Newcastle-based sketch troupe Soup.

He now tours his own show the length and breadth of the country and beyond, making a few stops in the North East. What's your first memory? A holiday in Scarborough when a llama spat at me and scared me. Since then I have waged a silent war against the llama.

What childhood games did you play? Quite epically big games of hide and seek that would often last for hours - or until Mam would shout our names from the front door for tea.

Did you have a family pet? Yes, we had many. Our first cat was tumble-dried (by accident) to death by my mother. Then we had hamsters, three dogs and a few more cats that managed to somehow survive. Were your schooldays the best days of your life? Nah, your 20s are the best days of your life - no responsibilities and the body to enjoy all the excesses in life. At school it's mainly hissing from bullies and obsessing over girls you're too scared to talk to. Were you ever bullied? Yeah, but I got out of my beatings by making them laugh. The lads who used to do it came to a show I did once. I showed them what bullying actually was.

Twenty-year-old payback is quite enjoyable!

What did you want to do when you grew up? A pathologist, but then realised I didn't like the sight of blood, then a journalist, but didn't have the patience.

Ultimately though, I always wanted to be a comedian.

My dad would watch Billy Connolly all the time and I wanted to be like him.

How did you spend your weekends? On my computer. I was quite the geek.

The commodore 64, then the Atari ST.

Blissful, lonely times. Do you remember your first kiss? Yes, a girl called Katie. I believed we would get married and that I loved her before it was over. You kind of do at that age, don't you? Who was your first love? …

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