Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Old Gits and Fresh Twists as Comedy Legends Go Live; Comedy Legends Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse Have Paired Up on Tour for the First Time, as SIMON DUKE Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Old Gits and Fresh Twists as Comedy Legends Go Live; Comedy Legends Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse Have Paired Up on Tour for the First Time, as SIMON DUKE Reports

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HARRY Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have enjoyed a wonderfully successful TV partnership over the past quarter of a century. But during all that time, they have never done a live tour as a double act. Until now.

North East fans of the legendary pairing are ready to have their sides well and truly split on Wednesday and Thursday nights when they descend on Tyneside for a stint at Newcastle City Hall.

So after 25 years of collaborating to great aplomb on TV why have they decided to go on the road now? "It's the right time to do it - before we die!," jokes Paul, who has co-starred with Harry in such hugely popular series as Harry and Paul, Harry Enfield's Television Programme and Harry Enfield and Chums.

Like any great double-act partner, Harry immediately chips in: "We acknowledge in the show that we're not in the first flush of youth. We're both so old that we're starting to get ailments.

"So if we don't do this tour now, we never will. Every year, more of our fans are dying."

"A lot of them can't remember who we are," Paul interjects. "But to be fair, we can't remember who we are, either!

Fans should not be too concerned about the comedians' health, however, because, as Paul explains, "We'll have a nurse standing by backstage with a defibrilator!" Anyone for a ticket for the Newcastle shows can look forward to seeing what has become of such widely loved characters as Loadsamoney, Stavros, The Old Gits, Smashie and Nicey, Kevin the Teenager, The Self-Righteous Brothers and The Surgeons.

One of the reasons people feel such affection towards Harry and Paul is they love watching their close relationship acted out on stage.

"I hope it comes across how much we relish our relationship," Paul continues.

"We've sneaked in some stuff about our relationship and take the mickey out of each other all the time. …

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