REVIEW: Micky Cochrane: What The Fudge?, The Customs House, South Shields

FUNNY GUY ... Micky Cochrane is one to watch on the stand up comedy scene.
FUNNY GUY ... Micky Cochrane is one to watch on the stand up comedy scene.

MICKY Cochrane may be new to the comedy scene but you could be forgiven for thinking he’s a seasoned pro.

The Gateshead comic oozed confidence and charisma as he told an audience at the Customs House, in South Shields, about the things in life that leave him baffled.

As the house lights went down, Cochrane strutted down the stairs to the stage to the sound of the Rolling Stones, but raised big laughs when the music unexpectedly changed to Destiny’s Child and he awkwardly danced his way through it.

Cochrane is sure to make big waves on the comedy scene and he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

His show, What The Fudge?, sees him chat about the more confusing aspects of his life, like what exactly qualifies someone to be a Geordie, the difference between working and middle class people, and the anxieties of being misunderstood because of your accent.

Cochrane kicked off the evening by sharing a poem he had written, based on the title of his show. His purposefully nervous delivery had everyone in stitches.

The comic has been acting for a number of years – he was that bloke in the Royal Quays advert, don’t you know? – and it was clear that he was comfortable in front of a crowd, especially as he performed a short play, portraying all three characters himself.

His delivery was spot on and he has a real natural ability to make people laugh – he’s a likable guy that easily gets people on his side.

The crowd roared with laughter as he shared tales of his first day on a new job, his holidays and his vegetarianism.

He completely connected with his audience and won them over immediately.

If you get a chance to see him, take it, and I promise you’ll laugh until it hurts.

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