Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There's Still a Child Inside; INTERVIEW: CHRIS RAMSEY He's Already Wowed Packed Crowds at His Last Two Middlesbrough Town Hall Gigs - Now Comedian Chris Ramsey Is Set for Another Busy Night in Boro Later This Month. Here, He Tells Us More about Playing on Trampolines, Seeing His Former Headteacher at One of His Gigs - and His New Stand Up Show All Growed Up

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

There's Still a Child Inside; INTERVIEW: CHRIS RAMSEY He's Already Wowed Packed Crowds at His Last Two Middlesbrough Town Hall Gigs - Now Comedian Chris Ramsey Is Set for Another Busy Night in Boro Later This Month. Here, He Tells Us More about Playing on Trampolines, Seeing His Former Headteacher at One of His Gigs - and His New Stand Up Show All Growed Up

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WITH his new standup show, All Growed Up, Chris Ramsey is wondering when it's time to become an adult. Now in his late 20s, he is a married man with a house and responsibilities.

But some things are keeping him feeling like his old, childish self. Namely, a trampoline in his garden and a room full of Lego indoors.

"The show has got nothing to do with age, it's to do with being an adult and when adulthood happens to you. I don't class my dad as an adult, for example, he's such a child. It's about me being dragged kicking and screaming into an adult world that I'm not really ready for.

"It's not me saying I'm immature and just a kid, it's me saying I don't think I'm ready," he says.

"People call it a quarter-life crisis but I'm not so sure. There's this part of going, 'take a day off from looking at bathrooms and play with your Lego.'" ."

Still, that trampoline could have got him into a bit of bother in the adult world recently.

"I have an accountant, we go for meetings and it's all done by the book, but I genuinely missed a meeting with him because it was a sunny day and I'd just bought the trampoline. So I played on that all day.

"I phoned him to tell him that. I could have lied but I have to be honest because I would have caught myself out, which is quite a childish thing. So, when do I become an adult and more importantly, should I become an adult?" Whether or not he's an adult in the conventional sense, Chris Ramsey has certainly matured into one of the brightest young stand-ups in the country.

In 2008, he reached the final of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year competition, and two years later he made his Edinburgh Fringe debut with Aggrophobic.

His appearances on the small screen have grown in number and stature too, peaking at the lead role he held in two series of BBC sitcom Hebburn, created and co-written by fellow Geordie stand-up (and Ramsey's best man) Jason Cook, and starring another comic legend from this part of the world, Vic Reeves. …

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