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Justin Moorhouse is a comedian who has done all a comedian would hope to achieve – TV appearances on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out Of Ten Cats, The Premier League Show and Celebrity Mastermind/Eggheads/Pointless, alongside featuring on numerous radio shows on TalkSport and BBC Radio 4, 5 and 6 and, of course, critical acclaim and numerous awards for his stand up shows. You’d think with all that under his belt he’d be as confident and self-assured as they come, however with the current political climate, children leaving home and a fear of becoming a comedic dinosaur he still has a lot of uncertainty in his mind, which he will share with audiences on his Northern Joker tour. 

We have a quick chat with Justin ahead of his North-East dates at Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (13th Nov) and Hullabaloo Theatre, Darlington (10th Jan).

Your press release basically says this country/the world has gone to the dogs. Is there any hope for mankind?
There’s always hope, I think, now I am worried – maybe I shouldn’t have been so doom-laden trying to sell tickets!

With the world the way it is, do you think the comedian is as important to society than ever?
Yes! We have to laugh and take our mind off things and perhaps look at things differently. That’s what great comedy does – looks at life differently (caveat I’m not saying I’m great – though I am).

How did you get into comedy?
I was a huge stand-up fan loved the comedy in Manchester in the 90s and one day had a real lightbulb moment of thinking ‘I could do that’ – rang my local club the Frog and Bucket and booked a spot

Which, if any, Northern straight white male comedians inspired you?
Les Dawson. He was my hero before I did comedy.

Without giving too much away what’s your favourite bit in Northern Joker and why?
There’s a story of a family holiday to America which leads me to losing it on stage about my kid’s childhood compared to mine. It’s pantomime but also very cathartic. I think it’s good to get this rage out and pretend it’s comedy

You also state that now your children have grown up you have more free time on your hands. What have you been doing to fill that?
Losing weight and trying to get fit fills the days. The nights, I just try and work as much as possible. I think you say you have more free time when they aren’t around, you just fret in solace until they come home

You’ve won Celebrity Mastermind majestically, won fortunes for charity on Celebrity Storage Hunters and lost even more magnificently on Celebrity Eggheads and Pointless Celebrities. What’s left to do on your bucket list?
I’d love to do The Chase – Paul Sinha is a good friend and I reckon I could spook him.

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