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The last twelve months have had the NARC Magazine pages filled with the best creative talent, so we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on the year coming to a close. Next up, it’s the man behind Shoe Cake Comedy Club, Phil Smith.

So, how was your 2018?
Pretty good actually. All of the things I am heavily involved in went from strength to strength. The Shoe Cake Comedy Club moved to the very impressive Georgian Theatre in Stockton where we are attracting some very good audience numbers, my 80’s themed disco variety show Club Visage won Best Speciality Themed Party Company – UK in the LUX Entertainment Awards, my stand-up act Ted Hanky has now started getting paid work on pro nights and headlining smaller nights, I joined an excellent comedy improv group called The Discount Comedy Checkout which is going brilliantly for both adult and kids shows, started a comedy panel show called The Halls of Ridiculous with my comedy pal Chris Lumb, filmed some supporting artist work on the BBC’s Poirot – ABC Murders with John Malkovich and Rupert Grint … Oh … and my wife had our first baby, a little boy called Gene Lennon (should have mentioned that first really). A very eventful year indeed … but a brilliant one!

What was your best moment?
Apart from Gene being born it would have to be gigging as Ted Hanky with some great comedians, Micky P Kerr, Mick Ferry, Tom Stade, and my absolute fave, Troy Hawke.

And your worst moment?
Liverpool losing the Champions League final 🙁

Your favourite band of the year?
I used to be bang into my music but for the past few years nothing has really caught my eye. I’m in indie boy at heart, Pulp, Oasis, Blur, Stone Roses but I just cant seem to grasp the absolute cack that’s out there at the minute. I love Cattle and Cane, and The Beths and Shame caught my eye, I like them but still not a patch on when bands like Shed Seven burst onto the scene ….. I also love the global loop DJ sensation Marc Rebillet, It think its the comedy element of his performance that I love, he’s awesome!

Your favourite song of the year?
I genuinely do not have one – its all been pap!

Your favourite film?
It’s between Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War …… I thought Deadpool 2 was garbage!

Favourite venue of the year?
Obviously The Georgian Theatre in Stockton. Its such a great place for live music and comedy 😉

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Without doubt The Stereophonics at Leeds Arena back in March. There is no one out there who can rival Kelly Jones’ voice. Amazing!

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
Hopefully lots more full Shoe Cake gigs in Stockton and some new venues and gigs that we have in the pipeline will pay off. I’m also taking Club Visage onto some bigger venues and some festival hosting which will be lovely. We are also looking for a nightclub residency where we can produce or full show with different characters, dancers, and live music too. 

New Years Revolution’ 80’s themed party night is at Borge in Stockton. Tickets are £20 and include delicious food (including Borge’s award winning parmo), entertainment, and the best music from the 1980’s. 

The next Shoe Cake night is on Thursday 31st January – details on the Facebook page here.

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