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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 Neil Harris, to take a little look back, through the highs and lows of his year…

So, how was your 2017?
Yeah I’d say to in the most part it’s been a good year.  I mean i think we are probably edging ever closer to world war 3 and armageddon but I was a podcast I’m very proud of (listen to the NARC podcast with Neil here) and had a successful Edinburgh ( by which i purely mean i didn’t cry). so 1-1?

What was your best moment?
Gateshead coming back from 2 nil down and down to 10 men to score 2 goals in the last 5 minutes to take the Europa League final to extra time and then win the game on penalties. Yes this happened on my Football Manager game, but the way I celebrated Patrick Bauer’s winning penalty not a single person on that train carriage would doubt that that probably was my best moment. Oh i finished second in a new act competition which was nice too but yeah mainly the football manager thing.

And your worst moment?
Spending 6 hours constructing a new loft bed only to then look at it and then realise that due to the low ceiling and ridiculous high loft bed some it was, what some people may say, too big for my flat, in fact almost everyone would say it was too big for my flat. The top of the mattress was 40 cm away from the ceiling . My decision to throw out my old bed before constructing meant i spent a week sleeping in this gap. You know that rush of adrenaline you get when you dream you are falling and wake up? That has a real edge to it if you a poorly constructed bed so close to the ceiling.

Your favourite band of the year?
For another year Gavin Osborn still remains my favourite artist

Your favourite song of the year?
I am european by Gavin Osborn. “ I am sorry I’m ashamed and I’m profoundly embarrassed ‘cos I am you, you are me, I am us, I am we, I’m a international human being, I am English, I’m a Brit, but if you want a name that fits, then I’m a European “ so perfectly sums up how i feel.

Favourite TV of the year?
Going to go with the latest series of Inside Number 9. That and I’ve really got into Masterchef the professionals at the moment.

Your favourite film?  
The only film I’ve seen this year is the new Beauty And The Beast. So that wins by default. Which is probably the only way it’d win something. It’s not a patch on the Disney classic.

Favourite venue of the year?
I imagine loads of acts have rightly probably said the Newcastle Stand. So i’ll mix it up and say the glasgow stand. Equally as lovely as it’s Geordie equivalent.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Probably doing Lee Kyle’s Gunge show at the fringe. It’s quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had on stage and for a very shy awkward human I think I was a lot less rubbish at it than was expected of me.

What gifts are on your letter to Santa this year?
Socks. You can never have too many. But you can definitely have too few. And right now i have too few.

And finally, what has 2018 got in store for you? 
Me and Julie Grady Thomas are planning on doing the Edinburgh Fringe together again but this time with an alternating 45-15 minute split.
Me and Stuart Edwards have plans for a podcast, provisionally called Neil Harris Educating Edwards where I try and teach Stu things, with hilarious consequences! Right? Right??
I also want to try and regain my fitness and get back in shape, although i managed to injure at 5-aside in the most innocuous way possible so we’ll see.

Neil Harris performs at Shoe Cake Comedy at The Chilli Cake, Hartlepool tonight.

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