DAME for a laugh actor Damian Williams is already an established panto favourite in Sheffield but Grin sees the big lad from Essex in very different guise.
His bitter-sweet one-man comedy My Dog’s Got No Nose finally makes it to the city, telling the darker side of life as a stand-up comic.
He’s hoping some of those doing it for real will get along to see the show at The Lyceum on October 10.
“It’s about a stand up comedian,” confirms Damian, back again from December 9 at the same venue as the Dame in Sleeping Beauty.
“People have come out and said they’ve laughed and they’ve cried. For an actor it’s a really good play.”
My Dog, written by Ron Aldridge, has twice been staged at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre. Damian has been trying to get it into the Grin programme for two years.
“I’d always fancied doing a one-man play and I read this and really liked it. Ron has seen it a couple of times and wants me to keep a connection with it now because it’s almost like he’s written it for me.”
And it is, of course, apt for a festival brimming with comics who may well have confronted similar demons as Damian’s character.
Although a proven funny chap, Damian admits he has yet to do stand up. “I’ve done lots of sketches and bits and pieces but never gone out on my own and done a set..
“I didn’t actually want to be an actor, I wanted to be a stand-up when I first started and I went down the comedy actor route.
“I would like to do stand-up. It’s not too late.”