Comedian Carl Hutchinson really is getting to grips with his new show.
The funnyman and life-long wrestling fan, from Jarrow, has set out to combine his biggest loves to make other people laugh – hopefully without getting injured.
The 27-year-old’s latest stand up show, Learning The Ropes, details his tough and painful journey of learning how to wrestle.
Carl said: “I’m a life-long wrestling fan, ever since my dad took me to see the WWF when I was six.
“It’s the one thing that I’ve stuck with my whole life, I still watch it now.
“The only other thing I’ve been a fan of for that long is comedy.
“I’ve tried my hand at comedy and thought I had to try being a wrestler.”
He added: “It’s not about going on to do it professionally or to win, it’s about trying something I’ve wanted to try my whole life.”
Carl has been training since October at Birtley Boxing Club in Gateshead.
He said: “It’s quite awkward when there’s all these fully-grown men walking through the boxing club to go into a back room and learn to be wrestlers, and all the young boxer kids are making fun of us and shouting things at us.
It’s about pushing yourself to do something that you’ve always wanted to do and not regretting never giving it a go.Carl Hutchinson
“When I first started going, just the warm-up killed me. It’s 45 minutes of squats, press ups and stretching.
“It’s so hard and there have been times when I’ve had to run to the bathroom to be sick, but the trainers just laugh at you and tell you to get back to it.”
He added: “A documentary crew has been there the whole time I’ve been training.
“I want people to realise that although the show is about me learning to be a wrestler, it’s not just about wrestling.
“It’s about pushing yourself to do something that you’ve always wanted to do and not regretting never giving it a go.”
Carl will be performing Learning The Ropes at The Stand comedy club in High Bridge, Newcastle, on Tuesday, July 7.
n Doors for the 8.30pm gig open at 7pm. Tickets cost £8. To book, go to www.thestand.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 300 9700.