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We caught up with comedian Neil Harris ahead of him bringing his performs with Julie Grady Thomas to Newcastle Castle on Sunday 10th June and The Stand, Newcastle on Sunday 1st July. They’re set to preview their brand new show they’re taking to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August, and before that, we got to know Neil a little better…

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? 
I’m Neil an anxiety-ridden computer programmer who also performs stand-up comedy.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
It was one by one by The Foo Fighters which may seem pretty cool but my Mum bought it for me and I only picked it because I liked the heart on the cover, so that’s the illusion of me being a cool child shattered right? I did really like the album though.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
You know those slowed down ballad covers of songs used in adverts that everyone hates? Not me, I love them.

Favourite film of all time?
City Lights by Charlie Chaplin. Slapstick comedy at it’s finest.

Your guilty pleasure film?
The Inbetweeners movie. Does that count as a guilty pleasure?

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
Series 8 of Scrapheap Challenge.

Your favourite book?
Either I, Partridge, We Need To Talk About Alan or Poptastic!: My Life in Radio by Tony Blackburn. They’re essentially the same book except one is written without irony.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
There’s a YouTube video of a man trying to use an amazon echo but they’re been told to call it Trevor and not Alexa. It’s funnier than I’ve made it sound.

Who or what makes you sad?
Way too much. I cry watching Masterchef.

If you had super power, what would it be?
To be able to watch Masterchef and not cry that or somehow being able to go back in time and make Roy Hodgson pick Grant Holt for Euro 2012.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
Subbuteo with Grant Holt, Delia Smith and Alan Partridge.

Neil Harris performs with Julie Grady Thomas at Newcastle Castle on Sunday 10th June and The Stand, Newcastle on Sunday 1st July.

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