A SOUTH Tyneside funnyman has swapped the wrestling ring for the comedy circuit.
Lee Kyle will be rolling with the punches at his first ever stand-up show.
The important thing is that it will be funny, and if you like wrestling then that’s another layer to the show.Comedian Lee Kyle
The 35-year-old, from Jarrow, is taking his show, The Ultimate Worrier, to The Stand comedy club in High Bridge, Newcastle.
Lee, who spent a decade working as a professional wrestler alongside WWE superstars like Daniel Bryan and Road Dogg, will take to the stage on Tuesday, April 7.
He said: “The show is called The Ultimate Worrier and it’s basically about my personal anxieties and how I worry about everything.
“My wrestling career comes into that, of course – and there are lots of nice wrestling stories in there – but I didn’t want to make the show full of wrestling in-jokes.
“The important thing is that it will be funny, and if you like wrestling then that’s another layer to the show. Wrestling, as much as anything else, is about crowd work – playing up to the audience if you’re a good guy, or knocking them down if you’re a bad guy, proverbially speaking of course.
“Nobody thinks wrestling is a real sport. We don’t watch it to see a real sporting contest.
“It’s not a sport – it’s better than a sport.
“It’s a morality play, it’s theatre, it’s comedy, it’s improv – and two or three times a year, something perfect or surprising happens and it is the best thing on television.”
The Ultimate Worrier is Lee’s first-ever solo show, following a critically-acclaimed run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe alongside fellow North East stand-ups Si Buglass and Jonny Pelham.
Tickets for the 8.30pm show cost £5. To book, go to www.thestand.co.uk or call the box office on 300 9700.