South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey says he’s “massively excited” to record his first ever live stand-up DVD in Newcastle.
The comic and Hebburn star is set to record his latest tour, All Growed Up, at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House.
It was due to be filmed at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre but fell through when the venue was abruptly closed due to the discovery of asbestos.
Chris, from Marsden, will be performing his show at 7pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday, October 7.
The 29-year-old said: “It’s massively exciting and a silver lining. The show being cancelled at the Bloomsbury was such a weird experience.
“Obviously it was because of asbestos and it couldn’t be helped but the way I found out was so weird.
“The theatre didn’t contact me or my management, they sent emails to everyone who had booked tickets and I got a text off a lad I went to Harton Comp with saying he couldn’t believe it was cancelled.
“I rang my management and they said of course it wasn’t cancelled, but then rang me back to say it actually was.
“I understand them wanting to make sure everyone got their money back, but it was such a strange way to find out.
“It was like I was phoning in sick and hadn’t bothered to tell anybody, but now I’m getting to do it in Newcastle instead and I’m so excited.”
Chris recently took the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 11 nights, playing to sell-out crowds.
He said: “I had a great time in Edinburgh and I’m really happy with the show, it’s probably my best one yet.
“You only get an hour in Edinburgh though and the show is longer than that so I was always trying to rush my way through it.
“I can’t wait to take it out on tour and have more time to have fun with it.”
Releasing a stand-up DVD is something Chris has always dreamed of, and he’s been getting some advice from fellow South Shields comedian Sarah Millican.
He said: “Sarah filmed her DVD at the Tyne Theatre as well so when all this happened I texted her saying, ‘please tell me it’s going to be brilliant’.
“She said it’s a great venue and she gave me some really good advice about it. I’ve seen her DVD too and it looks great.
“Releasing a DVD is a dream come true. I’ve bought comedy DVDs my whole life. When I first passed my driving test, I used to always go to Asda Boldon late at night to buy DVDs and I can’t wait to see my own up on the shelf – that’ll be a big moment for me.
“There is actually going to be two shows on the DVD – All Growed Up and my 2011 Comedy Award-nominated show Offermation.
“I think people sometimes don’t put enough on their DVDs and an hour of stand-up isn’t worth the drive to Asda Boldon, so as a DVD purchaser myself, I thought it was the least I could do.”
Tickets for both DVD shows are on sale for a special price of £10.
To book, go to www.chrisramseycomedy.com
Chris is also playing two hometown shows at the Customs House, South Shields, on Saturday, September 26.
Limited tickets for the 5pm and 8.30pm shows are available. They cost £17.50. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call 0191 454 1234.