A funny show for all the family is part of the line-up at the borough’s first ever comedy festival.
Martin ‘Bigpig’ Mor is bringing his show, Funny Stuff for Happy People, to the Customs House, in South Shields, tomorrow.
His show will be at the Mill Dam theatre as part of the South Tyneside Comedy Festival.
Martin, who holds a world record for the highest ever comedy gig after telling jokes at the top of Mount Everest, said: “I’ve actually been doing this kind of show for 33 years now.
“I’ve worked as a stand up comedian for a long time but started off as a circus performer and I realised that a lot of shows that are for kids bore the adults a bit, and the shows for adults aren’t friendly for the kids, so I decided to create one that is suitable for everyone, so that kids, parents, and even grandparents can come along together and have a good time.
“It’s funny, I do circus tricks, there’s audience participation and some science demonstrations that are a bit educational but mostly fun.
“It’s proven really popular and I’ve taken the show all over the world – I toured Australia with it earlier this year.”
Martin, whose picture is featured in the Genus Edition of popular board game Trivial Pursuit, has performed his comedy routine on six of the seven continents.
He added: “The only continent I haven’t been to is the Antarctic, but I’d probably have to take the audience with me.
“I’m actually trying to get a team of people together to go to the South Pole and put on a comedy show.”
Martin, from Northern Ireland, lined up his gig at the festival, which kicks off tonight, through director Jason Cook.
He said: “I’ve known Jason for a long time through the comedy circuit and he knew I did this show and wanted something for families at the festival.
“It’s a great time for it as well since it’s the school holidays.
“I actually get a lot of people coming up to me at the shows, and at my adult comedy shows, telling me they come along without any kids because they enjoy it so much.
“This show is for any age and for any ability too. People sometimes worry about bringing their children along, but the show is open to absolutely everyone.”
Martin’s show kicks off at 1pm tomorrow. Tickets cost £8. To book, and for a full festival line-up, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 454 1234.