WHAT are the chances of two Harry Hills at the same Sheffield gig?
Quite high if you are heading for the wing-collared comedian’s Sausage Time show at Sheffield City Hall tonight.
Fans of the TV star could be forgiven for thinking they’re seeing double when Sheffield-born lookalike Craig Wilcock takes his seat in the audience.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how many hardcore Harry fans I can fool,” said 41-year-old Craig, who has been performing as a professional Harry Hill lookalike for 18 months.
And Craig is excited about the possibility of meeting his idol, who is currently touring the UK on his first live tour in eight years.
“I’m going to hang around the stage door and see if I get lucky; I think it would be great to meet the man I spend so much time pretending to be,” he said.
A painter and decorator by day, Craig first started getting his celebrity-esque act together after a number of people approached him on nights out to comment on his uncanny resemblance to TV Burp star Harry.
“It became such a regular thing, I eventually decided to try and put it to good use,” he said.
Craig approached lookalike agencies and now works a couple of times a month as Harry, making between £200 and £800 an appearance.
He even has a TV appearance in the pipeline as part of the Children in Need programme, appearing on a Celebrity Juice style set-up, called ‘Celebrity Squash.’ The show will feature a number of celeb fakers as they attempt to fool the audience with their dead-ringer impersonations.
Craig takes his sideline job seriously, buying the exact same shirts that Harry wears, made by a Doncaster tailor, and has spent hundreds of pounds on shoes, suits and exact replica glasses.
And he admits he is still working on honing parts of Harry’s character, including his distinctive voice.
“The accent is very unique and I’d say I’m still perfecting it,” he said.
“I find it really easy to mimic his body language and crazy facial expressions, but the voice takes a little more work.
“Even so, when TV Burp comes on, my seven-year-old, Lewis, shouts ‘look dad, you’re on TV again’.”
As 48-year-old Harry, from Surrey, himself might say: “What are the chances of that happening?”
Tickets are still available, priced £30, to see Harry tonight, from 7pm. To book, call 0114 278 9789.