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Gunning for the very top; 'Maybe I could be the face of Toilet Duck...'.

Byline: SAMUEL EVANS

WITH a career spanning 14 years in comedy, it is hard to believe that this year's Still on the Road-Show will be Mike Gunn's debut tour.

However, alongside fellow comedian Sean Collins, the pair have scheduled a date at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre for a guaranteed night of giggles.

Mike Gunn has a history as interesting and entertaining as his comedy. A misspent youth and a series of grim jobs cultivated his cynical outlook on life and a perverse desire led him to the world of stand-up.

A self-confessed pessimist, he describes himself as "not a natural choice for a career in laughter". He has a rare ability to walk close to the line of what audiences find acceptable and yet still remain likeable and funny.

His reputation for being a bit unfriendly, a touch dark and even morose is really not true. In real life he's loving, warm and philanthropic. Just a bit misunderstood.

Having supported the likes of Jo Brand and Alan Davies early in his career, Mike now headlines at all the top comedy venues in the UK and is rapidly reaching cult status on the comedy circuit. Last year in particular saw a notable breakthrough for Mike as he performed on Michael McIntyre's comedy road show and Live at the Apollo.

"Michael is great to work with, I performed on every show in the series as a back up in case any of the other comedians died and couldn't make it to the stage. Although only one of my performances made it to air it was still fun and I enjoy performing to the larger Mike - Still Rhyl audiences," he says.

This will be the second time Mike has performed in Wales, his first being a show in Builth Wells many years ago and he admits that there are a lot of great Welsh comedians currently on the circuit that he admires.

"I really like Rhod Gilbert. I think he is probably one of my favourites, he's hilarious. I also really like Mark Watson and especially Rob Brydon who I have had the privilege of working with in the past," admits Mike.

The Still on the Road-Show will see Mike and Sean perform separate 30-minute slots before finally pairing up and taking to the stage as a double act.

"I'm not sure how it's going to work to be honest, it's all going to be ad-lib and could very well turn out to be a battle for the best lines, although I hope it doesn't," he confesses.

Mike admits he would like 2011 to very much be his year and says: "I'd love to become huge this year and really kick on, and in fact I want to be so big that I can front my own TV commercial, maybe I could be the face of Toilet Duck? It would be great if we could add more dates to the tour too."

as a TICKETS Mike Gunn and Sean Collins - Still on the Road-Show.

Rhyl Pavilion, February 25, 8.30pm. 01745 330000

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2011
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