Geordie funny-bloke and Nandos #1 fan Chris Ramsey fills me in on how it feels to be ‘the most dangerous man on Saturday morning television’
“Bumming your dad”. With those three words, Chris Ramsey finds himself thrown off of Soccer AM and quickly becomes ‘the most dangerous man on Saturday morning television’. The incident has done no harm to his popularity, as Ramsay currently finds himself meandering around the UK on his biggest headline tour to date, still seemingly baffled by his own success: “it’s still hard to get your head around that that many people are coming out to fucking listen to you talk.”
Ramsay dropped out of University to pursue a career in comedy, starting off in “shitty little pubs where people didn’t even know you were playing”. To say that the decision paid off for him would be an understatement. A regular on panel shows such as ‘Mock the Week’ and a star in his own BBC show ‘Hebburn’, Ramsay now finds himself playing bigger venues, including a gig at Newcastle’s City Hall for the final night of his tour, a gig that sold out months in advance (tickets are still available for the Middlesbrough gig at time of writing). Ramsay described his feelings towards the gig at Newcastle City Hall, one of the biggest gigs of his life, as “total, total excitement. The last time I did stand up at the city hall I was supporting Al Murray, and it was the last night of his tour, my eyes welled up before I went on. I literally started crying.” and it’s not hard to see why. Heralding from South Shields, the forthcoming gig resembles something of a homecoming triumph for the comedian. When I ask him where his favourite place to visit on tour is, he responds with “obviously the North-East. It’s where I enjoy it the most, that’s where I get the best crowds”.
To me, going on tour seems like a mystical quest that only the very luckiest ever get to embark upon. I eagerly asked Ramsay just how debaucherous things really get whilst on the road “The most rock n roll we get is going for four Nando’s in a week” he responds. I laugh, but am a little bit disappointed, although I suspect that he may be holding something back from me there…
I question him on heckles, and how he feels about them. Ramsay tells me about a posh girl in Kendall, who after a bit of probing revealed she had a pet peacock called Gideon. Naturally, Ramsay tore her to shreds for that. With the whole crowd losing their mind at her expense, the peacock-owner stood up and screamed at Ramsey “WELL WHAT WOULD YOU CALL A FUCKING PEACOCK?”. Ramsey remarks “moments like that never happen again”. Ramsay really is brilliantly funny, and I suspect that only bigger venues beckon for him, although another slot on Soccer AM may still be a far-fetched fantasy for now.