REVIEW: Steffen Peddie's Chat Show Thing, The Stand, Newcastle

Steffen Peddie
Steffen Peddie

Take away the restrictions of television and chat show guests will really let their hair down.

Steffen Peddie's Chat Show Thing takes a host of interesting people, plonks them right in front of us, and lets us ask them whatever we like.

Victoria Elliott

Victoria Elliott

The monthly show, hosted by Steffen, who starred in BBC sitcom Hebburn as Big Keith, provides big laughs at a budget price.

Last night's offering saw him reunited with fellow Hebburn star Victoria Elliott, who played Denise.

The actress shared inside tales of her time filming Hebburn, working on X Factor: The Musical and her upcoming show Get Carter, which kicks off at Northern Stage later this month.

She had everyone in fits of giggles as she talked about meeting Simon Cowell and the hours she spent in the make-up chair getting dolled up as Denise.

Scott Tyrrell. Picture by Kevin Duffy.

Scott Tyrrell. Picture by Kevin Duffy.

The show was kicked off by comedy duo The Mimic Men, made up of Alfie Joey and Cal Halbert, who delighted the audience with their spot-on impressions of well-known celebrities like Alan Carr, Robert DeNiro and Ant and Dec.

The duo ran through an A to Z of impressions before giving us an idea of what Liam Neeson's famous Taken speech would have sounded like if it was performed by Lord Alan Sugar or Joe Pasquale.

They finished off by singing Frozen hit Let It Go in an array of celebrity voices. The duo were fantastic - I can't wait for the chance to see them again.

Before introducing his first guest, Steffen shared pictures of poorly-placed adverts that had everyone in stitches. Some were almost too outrageous to believe.

The chat show also saw South Shields poetry slam champ Scott Tyrell chat about his career and stage hypnotist Rob Temple talk about how he got into the unusual career.

North East musician Stephen Cochrane also took to the stage to play some stunning original songs. His musical tribute to David Bowie was fantastic.

The show, which raised funds for Caring For Kian, also gave audience members the chance to pose questions to the guests. Some were a little more unusual than others, but all made for a good laugh.

It'll be tough to find a show as entertaining and affordable as this in the region. Your face may ache from laughter, but your bank balance won't be hurt.

Steffen Peddie's Chat Show Thing will be back at The Stand in March after a February absence.