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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We’ve asked a few of them to tell us about their 2020 and offer a few tips about great stuff they’ve seen, watched and read.

Here, North East stand-up comedy legend Lee Kyle tells us about his 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words

A bit drab

What skills did you learn in lockdown?

I’ve learned that harissa makes everything taste better, as does fresh lemon juice. I’ve also learned that lemon juice ruins my tooth enamel.

Your favourite song of the year?

The one I’ve listened to most is All You Ever Think About Is (Sex) by The Flirts who are an early 80s hi-NRG girl group that absolutely everyone else seems to hate. From this year, Last Of The Aircraft Are Leaving by Lovely Assistant is almost the opposite song to that and is impossibly lovely.

Favourite TV show of the year?

Prisoner: Cell Block H. All of the episodes are on YouTube, we are up to episode 567 on this rewatch and it has got us through.

Your favourite film?

Saint Maud is the one that stuck with me I suppose, although I’ve also tried to watch loads of old films that you’re supposed to have seen and, you know what, they’re obscure and leftfield choices but it turns out Casablanca and Citizen Kane are pretty good.

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year?

Oh, The Stand.

What was your favourite gig/live stream event?

Bolf. There was a couple of matches of that that were honestly nailbiting. What is Bolf? It’s a sport invented by Neil Harris and Stu Edwards that they play in their flat and livestream. It’s developed its own cult and language and you’d probably hate it but you’d be wrong and can I go on record as saying that I hate Robobop? Ta.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2021?

I’ll go with Neil Harris, he’s been plugging away and getting the hang of comedy and he’s got there and I can see him making a truly excellent show in the next couple of years. Oh, and Louise Young. Basically, North East comedy is insanely strong right now.

Predictions for 2021?

Everything will be okay forever.

And finally, have you got anything in the pipeline for next year?

So much. We’ve used this lay off surprisingly wisely and formed a comedy co-operative called Felt Nowt which is going to absolutely revolutionise how comedy is done in the region.

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