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Gavin Webster - Standup Comedian

Q&A About my career

Q&A About my career

WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?

Gavin Charles Webster

WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG

The first one as one half of Scarboro and Thick was at The Cumberland Arms in Byker in the July or August of 1992, the first one on my own was at The Barley Mow pub in Gateshead in February of 1993. I don't know the exact date, I could find out I reckon.

 

WHO WAS ON THE BILL THAT NIGHT AT THE BARLEY MOW

Les Stewart (Eric Scarboro) was compering on his own, the opening act was Steffen Peddie, I was on next, Ross Noble followed me and then Tony Mendoza closed.

 

WHAT ARE ALL THOSE OTHERS DOING NOW?

Les (Eric) lives in Leam Lane I think, he left the comedy and went on to run a succesful wrestling collective. I don't think he does anything of that ilk now.

Steffen Peddie I still see on a regular basis, he's a circuit comic who tours his own shows round the North East. He's another one who got into wrestling and he commentates on cage fights and wrestling shows. He was also in a sitcom on BBC2 called 'Hebburn' and has a big family.

Sadly Tony Mendoza passed away in either 2005 or 2006.

I don't know what happened to Noble.

 

WHAT WERE THE BIG LOCAL COMEDY CLUBS AT THE TIME AND HOW DID YOU GET A CHANCE TO PERFORM AT THEM?

The main (and pretty much only) alternative comedy club, because it was classed as alternative comedy back then was The Comedy Cafe previously known as Chirpy Chappies. This was run and compered by Dave Johns who at the time had a stage name of Ben Cauthen. You had to do an open spot in front of Dave to get on at his gig.

 

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