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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some incredible creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on a year that the world all went a bit odd. Next up, it’s comedian and impressionist Cal Halbert.

So Cal, how was your 2016?
Brilliant, Busy, Hard Work, Relaxing, Exciting, Scary, Silly and Funny! I think I’ve covered all bases there. Its very difficult to sum up an entire year in just one paragraph. Especially a year like 2016. From the umpteen amount of celebrity deaths, a Brexit vote and a reality superstar winning the presidency where do I start? Personally 2016 has been a positive one despite these factors; a year where my career has been taken to the next level and aligned some exciting things for 2017!

What was your best moment of 2016?
I would say my appearance on Britain’s Got Talent as one half of The Mimic Men with the wonderful Alfie Joey. The exposure Mr Cowell gave us was incredible and for that I’ll always be grateful to him! By going on this one particular show allowed me to leave my part time job, appear on Good Morning Britain and perform for the likes of Alan Shearer, Ronan Keating, Ant and Dec (wwice), Sir Geoff Hurst and David Walliams and Natalie Cassidy. It brought our biggest ever crowd to Jesterval the North East comedy festival and a fantastic attendance to our show at The Stand Comedy Club. An all round positive for certain!

And your worst moment?
Arrogantly, I cant really think of one. I’m sure there has been many low or bad points and I’d rather be far more imaginative than saying Brexit or President Elect Trump – and as an impressionist I was rather pleased of the latter…kind of! 2016 has really been a good year and I doubt I’ve ever been happier looking back. However If I really have to give a worst bit I guess its that Ed Balls didn’t win strictly or maybe Bake Off leaving the Beeb!

Your favourite band of 2016?

That’s a really difficult question for me to ask. I’m not big on music – crazy thing to say I know. However, I listen to much older things. Can I still say Elvis Presley? No? Well I guess he is just a single artist. How about The Rat Pack? No No, I understand they are three individual artists but, collectively. No? Ahh forget it! Are the Cheeky Girls still about?

Your favourite song of the year? 
I would say Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake – whenever it comes on it never fails to make me smile. Other than that its not uncommon for me to discover a song and think its new only to discover it was released in 2010. As I said, I’m not a huge music person, I would much rather be listening to podcasts!

Your favourite film? 
My favourite film of 2016 so far has been either Finding Dory as I’m a massive child or as I’m a sucker for a true story Sully with Tom Hanks. Loved it – totally brilliant. I also saw the Ghostbusters remake – it was perfectly adequate. However The BFG I wish I could have my 1 hour and 57 minutes back…Not that I was counting!

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Pathetically The Mimic Men’s Britain’s Got Talent audition i guess. However I enjoy most gigs. A few off the top of my head are our Jesterval Show, our show at The Stand Comedy Club, Laffs For Kids organised by the brilliant Jason Cook at the City Hall in Newcastle. As a single performer, I did an after dinner gig with the brilliant Lee Kyle and former Premier League ace Julio Arca- I don’t think I’ve ever had a better gig. On a more recent note we (Alfie Joey and I) performed at Newcastle’s Cathedral for Carols at the Cathedral – organised by the incredible Ray Laidlaw and compered once again by Jason Cook. Great experience and so happy to be involved!

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
Even more excitement! I have already started recording my own podcast Let’s Talk which i’m really REALLY excited about some of the guests I have planned. I also have a mini-tour booked for late 2017. Oh, and I have a one-off Elvis Presley show in august to note 40 years since The Kings death. So so much to look forward to and I’m so excited to start it! 2017 let’s go!!!! 

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