Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky at South StreetBy Becky Barnes
October 25, 2012
"You know far too much about me by the end of my show,” comedian Chris Ramsey tells me as he journeys from Hereford to London. He’s on the road, heading from the first night of his autumn tour to a private gig.
The up-and-coming comedian from South Shields is instantly likeable and his style of comedy stems from this, with light-hearted stories and anecdotes aplenty.
“It has been the busiest year of my life,” says Chris. “This was the first year I was eligible for newcomer at Edinburgh – it was phenomenal to be nominated.”
His whirlwind year has followed on from his second solo show, Offermation, being nominated for best show at Edinburgh Festival last year, and this month he’s been a Sunday Brunch guest and launched a new BBC Two sitcom Hebburn alongside Vic Reeves.
Now he’s touring the country with his latest show Feeling Lucky.
“My show isn’t about being lucky – it’s about feeling lucky,” explains Chris.
The comedian says he drew his inspiration from reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.
“The book makes you realise we are lucky to be here and it is a light-hearted take on that,” he says. “It’s about looking on the bright side, it’s a feel-good show.
“I deconstruct personal stories and make them a bit funnier,” says Chris. “When I am watching a comedian I like to learn a bit more about them.”
The northerner’s hour of stand-up will be saturated with personal stories and if you’re worried about being picked on he says the first few rows will be the safest place to sit.
At the beginning of the show, the Celebrity Juice regular says he will randomly pick audience members to chat to, but he won’t reveal his ‘unusual’ technique for this.
“I won’t give away the beginning of the show but I freak them out and get different people to talk to,” he laughs.
“That’s how I got good, compering and thinking of stuff on the spot.”
Chris wanted to be a comedian when he made friends laugh at school: “I remember being in college and I used to sit at the head of the table in business studies and make the class laugh all the time,” he says.
But it wasn’t until he saw his friend Carl Hutchinson perform at an open mic night that he decided to give it a go.
Now Carl will be his support act on this run of the Edinburgh show.
Chris says: “It’s great to have one of your best mates on tour because it keeps morale up – we’ve been eating far too many curries though.”
This will be the comic’s first time performing a standalone gig in Reading and he’s looking forward to performing at South Street.
“The only time I have been to Reading was to perform at the Reading Festival in the summer,” he says. “I flew down to Reading from Edinburgh for three hours and then went back. I did three shows in one day.”
With such a hectic schedule Chris will be back on the road again straight after his Reading gig, so if you like good comedy you better catch him while you can.
Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky is at South Street on Wednesday, October 31. www.readingarts.com