A North-East institution for a good few decades now, Gavin Webster is kind of comedy’s equivalent of the Angel of the North, although he’s been standing around making people happy for about five years longer.
The enduringly impressive comic has just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe – with the splendidly-titled show I Am Stand-Up Comedy – and is about to embark on a seismic event, a whole quarter of a century into his performing career:
“The show is called Gavin Webster World Tour and it’s my first proper tour,” says the Blaydon-born comic. “The venues are a mish-mash of village halls, town halls, music venues, art centres, comedy clubs and theatres.”
He’s getting about. Webster has also ventured onto our screens at various junctures over the years, from voicing Viz’s Sid the Sexist in a Channel 4 Blap, to popping up in Ken Loach’s acclaimed movie I, Daniel Blake in 2016. And now he takes the First Gig, Worst Gig challenge.