Comedy fans get a little extra treat at shows on Teesside

Jason Cook with Neil Grainger after the comedy show in Middlesbrough

Jason Cook with Neil Grainger after the comedy show in Middlesbrough

First published in Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by

COMEDY fans bagged an early Christmas present when pub singer ‘Gervaise’ from BBC sitcom Hebburn hit the stage for a surprise unannounced special guest appearance at two local comedy club shows.

Sell-out crowds at Stockton’s Catch 22 at ARC on Friday and Middlesbrough’s Big Mouth Comedy Club on Saturday were on their feet cheering as Middlesbrough-born actor Neil Grainger belted out Gervaise’s unique version of Band Aid classic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas.’ He said: “Both nights have been absolutely fantastic, and the audiences have been amazing. Jason asked if I fancied doing this a couple of weeks back and I jumped at the chance. I’ve done plays at ARC before, and did my school project on the Town Hall, so coming home for a weekend like this was just wonderful.”

Hebburn star and creator Jason Cook, who also compered both nights, said: “These have been two very special homecoming gigs. I feel incredibly lucky with the way things have panned out this year. Catch 22 and Big Mouth are two of my favourite gigs in the world, and I brought Gervaise up for the weekend as a proper surprise – my way of saying ‘thank you’ to the Teesside audiences who have always made me feel extra welcome.”

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