Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Real Life Issues. with Some Chips Thrown In!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Real Life Issues. with Some Chips Thrown In!

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COMEDIAN Steffen Peddie is back at Newcastle's The Stand on High Bridge tonight with a sequel to his last show, 99 Problems But the Chips Ain't One.

The popular stand-up, who has also recently been doing a roaring trade in standing in for some of our most popular radio presenters - namely Alan 'Flashing Blade' Robson and Alfie 'Mimic Man' Joey - will be performing 99 Problems and the Chips STILL Ain't One, which sees him talk to the audience about the problems they fancy sharing.

We asked Steffen, who you will also know from his turn as Keith in the BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, some questions. And top bloke that he is, he sent back his answers.

How did you come up with the name of your sequel tour? (imagine a sarcastic tone here) Well I am a firm believer in the phrase, if it isn't broke then don't try to fix it! As each of the shows are improvised every night then each one is completely different from the last, so all I did was add 'STILL', as the message of the show is the same, apart from the material being different.

Why did the last tour need a sequel? The last date was in Sunderland on New Year's Day this year. And I had a lovely conversation with a lady in the audience who had come to the hotel as it was her first year without her husband who had passed earlier that year.

She didn't want to be on her own over New Year. I had already been asked by some people who had missed the show if I was going to do it again, and was in two minds about it as I wanted to do something new.

But she said the show was the pick me up she needed and the message was the perfect antidote for the way she was feeling, and that I should do more.

Making people laugh is a great feeling, and if someone can come away from the show feeling good then why not carry on? So here we are, and I have already been booked into next year for more performances so it's the show that does not end!

What was the most difficult problem you were asked to help solve during the last tour? How can I stop the team I manage from going down this season? Better men (and worse come to think about it) have struggled with that one!

What was the easiest? …

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