FROM Sean Bean and Jarvis Cocker to the Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield has produced many famous sons.
Well now we have another one to add to the ranks.
Everybody’s favourite bespectacled funnyman Alan Carr has credited Sheffield with being the city where it all began for him.
He said: “Toby Foster gave me my very first headline slot here almost a decade ago.
“I performed everywhere in Sheffield back then. I especially loved the Lescar – those guys were fantastic! I have such fond memories of this city.”
The 35-year-old is heading to Sheffield in October on his first live comedy tour in four years.
The show, Spexy Beast, signals a return to stand-up for the best-selling author and star of popular TV show Chatty Man.
Alan said: “I love the other shows I do, but my stand-up is all mine. I’m a performer first and that’s the buzz that I get off on – it’s a power trip!”
Tickets for the tour, which will be coming to the Arena on Friday and Saturday on October 14 and 15, are selling well – but Alan admits selling out arenas is scary.
He said: “Comedy gigs used to be intimate, a few hundred people at most. Performing to thousands is going to be bizarre! The last time I was at Sheffield Arena was to see Tina Turner.”
Humour, he also explained, differs completely from the north to the south, with many Londoners preferring the sarcastic one-line quips of comedians such as Jimmy Carr.
He said: “You love a good story in the north. I’ve thought about stringing a line of washing across the stage putting curlers in my hair and having a good ol’ chinwag.”
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