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2017 has been a rather interesting year. We’ve been lucky enough to fill our pages with some incredible creative talent, so we asked a few of them to share some thoughts on the year just gone. We caught up with stand-up comedian Lee Kyle, to take a little look back through the highs and lows of his year…

So, how was your 2017?
Good, then awful for a couple of months, then the doctors gave me some tablets, then I slept in a tent for a month at the Edinburgh Fringe and then I came home and it all picked up. I’ve just edited episode 100 of Which Is The Best? (My podcast with Sammy Dobson) and I love milestones so that’s good.

What was your best moment?
I saw Jedward live at Bents Park in South Shields, one of them dove into the crowd, ripped his top off, climbed to the top of the gantry and shouted “We’re the biggest stars in the world!” The other one stayed on the stage and performed with a “I hate being John or Edward” look on his face.

And your worst moment?
Just having to be away a lot. I remember doing a kids comedy and musicfestival in Sutton Coldfield, which in itself was nice but there’s something about being in a damp tent in the rain miles away from home and being woken up by Sweep from The Sooty Show doing a sound check that makes you think life has gone odd.

Your favourite band of the year?
Still Kenickie I’m afraid. Or The Supremes, I’ve got into The Supremes. Still the Sex Pistos too. And Bananarama a bit.

Your favourite song of the year?
I wish I had some modern pop culture tips for you, I always thought I’d be one of those people who kept up with such things but it fell away without me noticing I’m afraid. Pump Up The Jam is good still, so is Psycho Killer by Talking Heads. You can’t go wrong by avoiding Queen or The Doors too,

Favourite TV of the year?
I’ve got really good at Only Connect, does that count? Oh, by the way, all of the episodes of Prisoner: Cell Block H are on Youtube, our next episode is 400, which is when Bea Smith leaves. We are quite excited as you can imagine.

Your favourite film?
Carrie. Look, I know it wasn’t out this year but I’ve only seen one film from this year and cant remember what it was but it was rubbish. There waas a woman in a house with a writer and it was boring for an hour then nonsensical for half an hour and people gave it good reviews in case they missed something and looked stupid but they didn’t, it was rubbish. Carrie is good though.

Favourite venue of the year?
I know it’s so obvious to say The Stand if you’re a North East comedian but that. Also, Hot Water in Liverpool is a ridiculously good comedy club. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed hosting the new gig at Gateshead Rugby Club too, they’ve made it look and feel like a genuine comedy club.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
I did one at The Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, where I did my Edinburgh show from last year. I think it was the best version of that show I did.

What gifts are on your letter to Santa this year?
A lie in. I’m doing panto every day til the 25th as well as gigs on the night. I started doing this because I’m lazy, it has backfired.

And finally, what has 2018 got in store for you?
I’m going on a 32 date tour starting in January, the tour is called ‘Folly’ because I’m not famous. Some big venues, some small, finishing off at the Customs House theatre in South Shields (My home town) in June. I’m making a documentary as I go. This could backfire.

Lee goes on tour throughout 2018, you can find out more information here.

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