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A dose of Amos does you good.

Byline: MARI JONES

Some think he should be prescribed on the NHS RISING comedian Stephen K Amos says he's out to cheer everyone up amidst all the doom and gloom because he thinks laughter really is the best medicine. One commentator even went so far as to say Stephen should be prescribed by the NHS for his "formidable healing powers".

He will be performing at a gala stand-up night alongside Phill Jupitus, Tara Flynn, Jake Yapp and Alex Lowe at Llandudno's Giddy Goat Festival next month.

The two-day festival, which is backed by the Daily Post, is aiming to raise more than pounds 35,000 for Llandudno's St David's Hospice, which helps 300 people a year across the region.

Paul Merton and his Impro Chums will also take to the stage, in a rare show outside London.

Amos is currently back on the road after his BBC2 series The Stephen K Amos Show, and starring in BBC1's Live At The Apollo.

He said: "I've just performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and I've been doing loads more summer festivals around Europe. I like doing them, as there is a different energy when there's lots of other people on the bill.

"My stand up routine is semi autobiographical, which I find connects well with the audience.

"During these harsh times, I think the last thing people want to hear about is jokes about the riots, or jokes about the Murdochs and the economic climate, people want to forget about all that when they go out.

"I try not to get too political and I haven't got an axe to grind, some black comedians are very political but that isn't me."

The relaxed and softly spoken comedian, is obviously a darling of the BBC - he's a regular on The One Show, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week. Plus, as someone who has a great love for food, he's has also appeared on Celebrity Masterchef and on Saturday Kitchen.

He's also a gifted actor, appearing in the West End and the Edinburgh run of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, alongside movie star Christian Slater. An experience he described as "amazing".

So why does he think comedy is the new rock and roll in the UK? He muses for a while, and said: "I think people are bored by garden shows, TV makeover shows, cookery shows and reality TV.

"I honestly think it's to do with all the doom and gloom around, people want to and need to laugh again, they need to be able to switch off from their worries.

"I'm a huge fan of Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert, he's a massive star now and in fact a mate of mine so I'm going to give him a call right now as I think he should be performing at the Giddy Goat Festival too. It's a brilliant cause and I'm really looking forward to it, so can we wrap this up so I can go and call Rhod?" GET DISCOUNTED TICKETS WITH US From today until September 9 every Daily Post can get pounds 10 off a pair of tickets for either night, or pounds 20 off the two-night ticket.

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Giddy Goat Comedy Festival, Llandudno's Venue Cymru, Paul Merton and the Impro Chums, October 14.

Stand up Gala Night, October 15.

Tickets from pounds 35, 01492 872000, venuecymru.co.uk
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