I am a Welshman, 69 years young and have always been interested in Stand Up but only involved with it since May 2015 although I haven't been very active on a regular basis. I took part in a SYTYF heat at the Up the Creek, Greenwich, London but did not progress to the Edinburgh Festival 2015. I attended a Laughing Horse Comedy course in Salford, Manchester in November 2015, a brilliant week-end and I learned so much in such a short time. I got to the the auditions of BGT10 at The Empire Theatre Liverpool in January 2016 but regrettably, at the time, "my investment did not reach its full potential" However, there is no excuse but there are reasons why it didn't work out on the night. I attended an open audition for BGT11 2017 and was very happy to have impressed the producer who thought my act was brilliant, his words. Despite his positive remarks, I did not get a call for judges auditions. However, to perform at the Free Fringe Edinbourgh Festival is a far better option and I am delighted to have the opportunity to perform at the Fringe on it's 70th Anniversary and in my 70th year.
I am married and live with my wife, Tanya, Step daughter and Step son in Coleraine Northern Ireland. I served over 32 years in HMF, almost 29 years with the Welsh Guards and over 3 years in the Royal Irish Regiment (long story) during my time in the Army I served in the Falklands War 1982 (I performed three back to back Stand Up sets to the ship's company on our journey South on the QE2. That was my first official Stand Up to a large audience. My next one was 33 years later at The Pavilion Bar Belfast). In 1991 I served in Gulf War 1 and I have also served serveral tours in Northern Ireland between 1972 and 1998. After leaving HMF, in 1999 I spent a short time employed as a massage therapist on a luxary cruiseliner working in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean before acquiring employment as the Welfare Officer for The Royal British Legion Northern Ireland, in Belfast. I retired in August 2013 after almost 12 years with them. Why take up Stand Up at this late stage in my life ....Why not? that is why I have called my act " You're Never Too Old, Are You"
You have to start somewhere and I have to do something to keep my self busy during retiremant and if I can help to make people smile, that pleases me. Regrettably I am not finding it easy to get into the Stand Up scene as a state pension pensioner in Northern but I am greatful to be given the oportunity t have had a few performances at The Pavilion Bar although not an exclusive open- mic venue it has waiting list of stand up hopefuls. I am really looking forward to performing in Maggie's Chamber The 'Free' Sisters in August.