When it comes to comedy style, Andy Askins is difficult to nail down. He is, as he puts it himself, a mish-mash of everything… laid back, subtle and a bit dark.
“ I’m a grey man really, like the man behind you in the queue at Tesco. I’m told I come across at first glance of somebody who hasn’t been on stage before.”
It doesn’t take long to realise that Askins clearly has trodden the boards, and is a total pro.
“I try to keep people guessing, at first people think I’m just having a chat then they realise they have to start concentrating on what I’m saying.”
The Middlesborough born stand-up has been on the comedy circuit for 18 years and headlined at The Comedy Store for 15 of these.
Askins has appeared on John Bishop’s TV show ( “I loved every minute of it! “) has done a run at EdFringe – “You have to do it at least once in your career and it was great fun.” He has played the TCT Comedy Gala at the Royal Albert Hall, plus has performed countless shows for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,most recently Mogadishu in Sept and Bahrain a few weeks ago
His most memorable gig to date, he says, was at a palace outside Basra which had been commandeered by the allied forces.
“It was all pretty shot up and a dangerous place at the time. It was very sneaky beaky getting in and out – dashing to the helicopter in the darkness with a glowstick, that kind of thing. It was a fantastic experience. but it did get a bit hairy at times. Having to lie on the floor when the rockets went past.”
So a Chorleywood gig should be pretty tame in comparison then. But dont be tempted to heckle. The man is sharp and you’re likely to be shot to the ground verbally big time.
Andy Askins headlines the Out of Bounds Comedy night for Chorleywood Common Youth Football Club alongside comedians Mike Cox and Javier Jarquin and compere Paul Ricketts. Memorial Hall, Sat 19 January. Tickets £13 www.ccyfcevents.co.uk