Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brendan Healy; FINAL SAY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Brendan Healy; FINAL SAY

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57, entertainment all-rounder When I'm working on the night, I try and get a kip in the afternoon.

On the first Sunday for Sammy, I put my own band on it, did some stand-up and sang How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.

It was done as a one off. Ant and Dec were on it and I called them Vic and Bob all night. It's a shame we haven't got them back since, but they're very hard to pin down those lads, aren't they? The next thing I knew was that we were going to do another one, but in two years time. That was about 10 years ago. I've done some stand-up in all of them and have been involved in the Auf Wiedersehen sketches for the past four gigs, I think.

I think Dick (Clement) and Ian (Le Frenais) tend to write lunatic characters for me. They let me get away with murder to be honest. They know what they've written and they know what I'm likely to do with it. You don't want to mess with their script too much, though - they're top-class writers.

I was an actor for a long time, but then I decided to stay at home. So I started a double act with a pal, which became very popular because I used to do lots of silly stuff, and then I started doing stand-up.

Stand-up is a good way to make a living. I don't carry any equipment apart from my suit.

I don't have writers and I don't change my material that often. It rather evolves than changes.

I live in the middle of nowhere. I do a lot in the North East but I do travel as well. I was in Daventry last week, which I'd never heard of until I went there.

My favourite job is just to have me sitting on a stage talking to people. And maybe doing the odd song. I'm usually pretty irreverent whatever way I'm doing it.

The more modern comics don't get as many laughs as the old-fashioned stand-up did. The delivery is more cynical. I just look for something that's funny and try and get into the middle of something I've already got.

I went to music college at Rye Hill at the beginning, around 1974. …

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