Funnyman Danny Posthill’s whirlwind year is set to reach more new heights when he works with legendary figures Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paul Gascoigne.
Danny, from Hartlepool, shot to fame last spring when he reached the final of hit ITV show Britain’s Got Talent.
The comedy impressionist has barely had a night off since, and is currently one of the most in-demand performers on the circuit.
Fresh from appearing as Buttons in classic pantomime Cinderella, in Northampton, Danny will work with football legend Gascoigne in Nottingham this weekend.
He will perform for the crowd before the former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder holds a talk-in and question and answer session with his fans.
Danny, who grew up in the Rift House and Fens areas of Hartlepool, will also appear alongside Gascoigne in a show in Leicester on January 31.
I’ve got a very hectic diary, and the shows with Paul and Arnold are going to be incredible experiences for meDanny Posthill
Meanwhile, he will perform in a similar capacity in shows with Schwarzenegger in Edinburgh and Birmingham, on January 20 and 21 respectively.
Schwarzenegger – best-known for his acting career, in particular his role as The Terminator in film Terminator – is making a rare appearance in the UK.
Danny said: “I’ve got a very hectic diary, and the shows with Paul and Arnold are going to be incredible experiences for me.
“I used to watch Arnie in all of his films as a kid, and he was always the action hero that you wanted to be.
“I’ve turned into a bald, slightly overweight comedian, so I’ve gone down a bit of a different career path, but I’m absolutely delighted with how things are going.
“I’m really looking forward to the shows with Gazza as well, as he’s just a legend, and one of the greatest footballers of all-time in my opinion.
“He has had his issues, but he seems to be doing well and fighting back.”
In his panto appearance, Danny performed alongside former EastEnders actor John Partridge.
He is now looking forward to a ‘hectic’ few months.
The former Brierton School pupil said: “The panto was really good, and it was just about sold out for every show, which was incredible.
“It was really tiring doing two shows a day, and the amount of impressions I did took a toll on my voice.
“I really enjoyed it, though, and working with John Partridge, who is just a gentleman and so talented.
“We got very good reviews, and I’d be up for doing panto this year as well, depending on how busy I am with stand-up.
“I’ve got loads on this year all over the country. In the summer, I haven’t got a night off so it’s going to be hectic, but that’s the way you want it to be.”