Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Look Back at the Talent about; THE Past 12 Months Have Offered Much to Remember with a Smile. SAM WONFOR Settles Down with a Tin of Roses and Says Thank You Very Much as She Reminisces about Some of Her Favourite Bits

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Look Back at the Talent about; THE Past 12 Months Have Offered Much to Remember with a Smile. SAM WONFOR Settles Down with a Tin of Roses and Says Thank You Very Much as She Reminisces about Some of Her Favourite Bits

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Byline: SAM WONFOR

IN the future, if anybody bothers to flick through my annual summation records (I have no time for daily diary entries), they will find that 2010 was the year Sam laughed her socks off.

(Until the Arctic freeze took hold, that is. Not even a triple bill comprising Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand could get the toe toasties off once the temperature dips its chilly head below zero.) But seriously.

I've seen an embarrassing amount of great live comedy during the past year, and also had the pleasure of interviewing some of the characters who have created it.

Reginald D Hunter was a particularly cool customer and I will forever keep the recording of the interview, which included me making him laugh with one of my little observations. How proud was I? His live performance was also worthy of a mention ... but his support act was worthy of more.

Australian Steve Hughes was a revelation. See him if you can. Other comics I saw and loved for the first time included Stewart Lee who was simply brilliant; Belfast's Jimeowin and the very well-spoken Simon Evans. I saw both of the latter during Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow visit to the Sunderland Empire.

Local lady Sarah Millican (see interview), who I also caught during her six-night sell-out at Live Theatre in December, headed up the bill and did us more than proud.

A fellow sand-dancer, Chris Ramsey, also blew me away during an Edinburgh preview in Newcastle.

When I saw him a few weeks later, in his Fringe situ, he was obviously not as comfortable. In fairness though, he was in a hut, rather than a theatre and had an audience which included an obnoxious American.

My three-day trip north of the border has to go down as a shining highlight of my year.

The Fringe 2010 introduced me to the comedic talents of Jason Cook, Alun Cochrane, Terry Alderton, Daniel Sloss, Arj Barker, Broad Comedy and Simon Donald of Viz fame.

Back at home, I rounded off a year of giggling with Russell Brand at The Journal Tyne Theatre and Peter Kay at the Metro Radio Arena. Masters of their respective domains. …

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