Comic Paul planning to put the smile back on our faces
16th April 2020
The Coronavirus crisis is no laughing matter – but comic Paul Eastwood is already planning to put the smile back on people’s faces with a rescheduled show at Sheringham Little Theatre.
The cheeky comic is a popular and familiar face in north Norfolk where he has been headliner at the Cromer Pier three times and Thursford Christmas Spectacular four times.
Paul Eastwood stars in the Big Laughs Show coming to the Little Theatre in May 2021.He was due to bring a brand new stand-up show to the Little Theatre this May at the start of a 13-venue tour. But the event is now diaried for May 14 2021.
It will also feature former Cromer Pier co-star comedy impressionist Danny Posthill who is a Britain’s Got Talent finalist, comedy magician Wayne the Weird and comedienne Janet Garner.
The Little Theatre spoke to Paul about how the pandemic has hit his work – but is also providing him with new material for the future.
“I was really looking forward to the Sheringham gig and am hoping to make comedy nights a regular event at the Little Theatre. The show, which I am compering, will be fast-paced, with guests to suit the local area. It is also going to theatres ranging from Castleford to Yeovil.
“All my work has gone – from American cruises cruise ships to Thompson hotels, and comedy clubs. I would have been either gigging or travelling every day. Now it is zero.
“I have cruise work scheduled for June but the companies are taking it week by week. And I am looking forward to panto at High Wycombe, where I live, playing Muddles in Sleeping Beauty, beginning rehearsals in November.
“But I have a new baby son, Harry who is two, so it is now family time with him and wife Corea. We are having fun and going for walks in the local lanes near where I live.
“I am enjoying the break and there are plenty of jobs to do. But I am annoying the wife. When I wake up in the morning I annoy her.
“I am used to getting up at 4am to start travelling. Now I get a lie in until Harry wakes us up at 6am!
“I have been talking to some of the older performers who remember the war years – when people were asked to service their country. We are just being asked to stay in and watch the telly.”
And while the medical side of Coronavirus is deadly serious, Paul is finding the funny side of some of the social effects of Lockdown.
“I really gave it to a bloke in Tesco the other day with a trolley full of toilet rolls and hand sanitiser – but afterwards he went straight back to filling the shelves!
“I am doing my daily exercise. I have a rowing machine, but it has no oars. So I just sit and drift.”
Paul is doing a Gag of the Month on his Paul Eastwood Comedian Facebook page here.