REVIEW: Steffen Peddie: 99 Problems and the Chips Aren’t One, Westovian Theatre, South Shields

Steffen Peddie
Steffen Peddie

They say a problem shared is a problem halved.

Comedian Steffen Peddie ensured that everyone at the Westovian Theatre, in South Shields, last night, laughed their cares away.

The new show from the stand up, who also starred as Big Keith in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, has a fantastic formula which guarantees each night will be fresh and hilarious.

Peddie began by getting to know his audience. Sharing stories about his life, family, and his time filming Hebburn, for the audience, it was like chatting with an old friend – the kind of friend that has you constantly chuckling.

As the audience came into the theatre, they were invited to write down a question or a problem on a piece of paper and place it in a bucket.

The rest of the show was improvised by Peddie as an audience member read out a question and he did what he could to answer it.

Whatever was thrown his way, Peddie came back with a hilarious response and relatable stories from his own life that generated belly-aching laughter.

Some shared problems about the neighbour’s cat coming in their garden, or how to stop a neighbourhood kid terrorising their pet, while others asked silly questions like ‘why don’t sheep shrink in the rain?’ and ‘have you ever had PPI?’

Whatever was thrown his way, Peddie came back with a hilarious response and relatable stories from his own life that generated belly-aching laughter.

The comic’s ability to think on his feet was phenomenal and he had his audience in stitches, all the while demonstrating not only what a talented comedian he is, but what an all-round nice guy he is as well.

The show was an absolute riot and the concept is a fantastic one, perhaps inspired by his stint as stand-in host on Metro Radio’s phone-in show, Night Owls.

He’s hosting the show for one more week so tune in if you get the chance.

The direction of the show is very much in the hands of the audience and I can’t wait to see what people come out with the next time.

Peddie is at The Stand, Newcastle, with the show on October 5. Tickets cost £8. Click here to book.

If you were there last night, hold on to your ticket to get a £3 discount.

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