SOUTH Shields comic Chris Ramsey made a triumphant return to his hometown for a one-off gig.
The 27-year-old put on a special performance at the Westovian Theatre Pier Pavilion, in Pier Parade, on Thursday.
Chris, from Marsden, South Shields, who stars in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, was joined on stage by fellow cast member Steffen Peddie, who did a warm-up act.
The audience was treated to run through of Ramsey’s Feeling Lucky tour, before his three-night stint at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
After the gig, he took some time to chat to the Gazette.
He said: “It was fantastic, it was absolutely lovely.
“I haven’t been to this theatre for years and it was really good, the crowd were awesome.
“It was lovely to run the show again before Edinburgh.
“It’s incredible how much you forget when you haven’t done it for a while.
“Stand up is one of those things where you have a week off and it’s like starting again.
“But it was a great show, and I’m really looking forward to going to Edinburgh.”
Chris chose the Westovian Theatre specifically for this gig.
He said: “I’ve done the Customs House a couple of times and I’ve done Nine Bar before.
“Instead of doing it there, I thought about this place.
“I’d forgotten it was here and I think a lot of people have, so I thought why not? They were over the moon at having the show and they’re all volunteers, so it’s all good.
“It’s a lovely room as well, and it’s the most ‘Shields’ venue in the world – right in between Quasar Laser and Marine Park.”
“Playing to a home crowd is incredible, because you can get away with those little references you can’t do anywhere else.
“It’s always great to do a gig in your hometown, and the fact that it sold out so fast is unbelievable.
“I was worried it wouldn’t.”
Chris has just kicked off filming for series two of Hebburn – written by comedy pal and Hebburn lad Jason Cook – in which he plays main character, Jack.
He said: “It’s long days and it’s so strange doing acting compared to stand up but it’s so much fun and I’m learning a lot.
“I’ve got some amazing scenes. It’s funny and heartfelt and I think it’s going to be better than series one.
“The scripts are incredible and we’re having a laugh, and all the gang is back together.”
Chris returned to Edinburgh last night for a three-night sell-out run at the McEwan Hall, a 1,000 seater venue.
When he started out at the comedy festival, he played venues with just 40 seats.
He said: “It feels amazing, it’s ridiculous.
“A sell-out on any level is a great feeling, but 3,000 seats, I don’t know what it’s going to feel like.
“I’ve never played to that many people at Edinburgh.”