Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pointing a Finger at Poor English; Chatterbox Comedian Dave Spikey Is at the Journal Tyne Theatre on Friday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Him

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pointing a Finger at Poor English; Chatterbox Comedian Dave Spikey Is at the Journal Tyne Theatre on Friday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Him

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Byline: GORDON BARR

COMEDIAN Dave Spikey never seems lost for words - so it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn his new tour is called Words Don't Come Easy.

Having interviewed the stage and screen entertainer several times over the years, I find it is usually hard to get a word in edgeways.

"It was only later, after I'd come up with and publicised the title that I thought 'that's not a great title of a show for a stand-up comedian!'," laughs the funnyman, whose Words Don't Come Easy Tour arrives at the Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle on Friday.

"It's always a bit nerve-racking with a new tour and new material, but I'd done five warm-ups so I was pretty confident about it and quite excited about it.

"It exceeded expectations. It's still going on too long, I'm still talking too much and it is running at about two and a quarter hours. The audiences don't seem to mind. They laugh all the way through, and that's the aim."

Anyone who has seen one of Dave's live shows or read his recent best-selling autobiography, Under The Microscope, will know that words actually come incredibly easy to him.

Inspired by the fantastic audience response to his deconstruction of song lyrics in his 2008/09 Best Medicine Tour, and Dave''s fascination with the vagaries of the English language, this new show examines many of life's situations, where words really don't come easy.

These include tongue-tied parents explaining the facts of life, ridiculous newspaper stories, magazine poems, adolescent chat-up lines, weird hospital speak, learning a foreign language and an extended selection of song lyrics that range from the lazy through surreal to the ridiculous.

Throw in a Champion the Wonder Horse sing-a-long, ancient Abyssinian contraception, rubbish school trips, epidural anaesthesia and The Last Supper, and you have all the ingredients for a rich and spicy comedy casserole, or as Dave would describe it: "A sort of Lexiconcarne. …

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