CHRIS Ramsey said he was excited to get his charity gig underway.
The 27-year-old comic, from South Shields, took time to chat to the Gazette backstage before his comedy gig at the Customs House.
Chris, who plays main character Jack Pearson in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, has organised the fundraising gig in memory of his young half cousin Jack Leggett.
The nine-year-old, of Primrose Avenue, South Shields, died from a brain tumour just three days before Christmas. He had been diagnosed just two months earlier.
Jack’s father and Chris’s cousin, Alfie Leggett, and his partner Susan Clarkson, were helped through their ordeal by CLIC Sargent, which will benefit from the gig.
Through ticket sales alone, Chris has already raised an astonishing £8,000 for the children’s cancer charity.
The gig will see Chris take to the stage alongside Hebburn creator Jason Cook, Jarrow comic Carl Hutchinson, Al Murray, known for his persona the Pub Landlord, Lindisfarne’s Billy Mitchell and a mystery music guest.
Watch the above video to see what he had to say.
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