IT should be a laugh a minute when a gaggle of comedians embark on a long walk along Britain’s historic Hadrian’s Wall.
Along the way a Doncaster stand-up comic will be contributing some of his own gags and quips to keep their spirits up when the legs start aching.
Bawtry’s own funny man Matthew Fong will be among those lacing up his walking boots next Easter when he takes part in the Ha Ha Hadrian’s Wall trek to raise money for a children’s charity.
Matthew, aged 26, is making his name as a stand up comedian and is a regular performer at comedy clubs all around the country.
The former Mayflower Primary and Hayfield School student first realised he had the ability to stand on stage and make people laugh while he was studying at Sheffield Hallam University.
Matthew said: “My first gig was an open mic night where I did a 10 minute spot in front of an audience of around 60 students. It went well and I got a great response from the audience. I was spotted by people that organised comedy nights who liked my material and they encouraged me to carry on.
“After realising that I had got the comedy bug I performed at events in Sheffield and I have been doings four gigs a week and now consider myself to be a full-time comedian.”
Matthew writes all his own material and appears regularly as a stand-up and master of ceremonies at Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union comedy nights and also at the Cask Corner Dive Bar in Doncaster.
“I performed and promoted a show at the Edinburgh Festival throughout August, which was a great experience.”
Matthew will be showing that he is not only funny but also fit by undertaking his long trek for the children’s charity. The event has been organised by comedian Nick Bank and over 20 other comedy walkers will be not only be undertaking the full 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall but also putting on six comedy gigs along the way.
The comic colleagues will be raising money for Children and Young People’s Kidney Fund based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The long-distance walk sets off from Bowness on Solway on March 28 next year and finishes at Wallsend on April 3.
As well as appearing in stand-up Matthew is also organising and promoting comedy shows. This year he has put together a series of successful Cocktails and Comedy Nights at Bawtry’s Phoenix Theatre and will be staging more next year.
Matthew added: “During my travels around the comedy circuit I have got to know hundreds of stand-up comedians. The shows at the Phoenix have proved to be very popular and I will be staging more next year.
“I am also helping to organise the Comedy Festival that is being held in Doncaster in February next year when events will take place at the Dome and other venues around the town.”
n People can pledge their support for the Ha Ha Hadrian’s Wall Children’s Charity Trek by visiting the JustGiving page Just Giving Nicholas Banks and making a donation.