John Thomson is making a return to stand-up.
The Fast Show and Cold Feet star performed a short try-out spot at Manchester’s Comedy Store on Sunday night – and was encouraged by the response.
Speaking at the final of the BBC New Comedy Award, which he was judging in Blackpool yesterday, Thomson said: ‘I did my first gig in ages last night – and it went kind of all right. I’m back!’
And immediately after his appearance at the Store’s New Stuff night, he tweeted: ‘Thank you to everyone who came and those who offered support re tonight's stand up. It went really well. Ready for more. Watch this space.’
One audience member called Tiff, tweeted: ‘You're fab. You seem nervous. Batman, Preston and camp jokes were ace. Big giggles.’
Thomson – whose best-known live character was the politically-correct old-school comic Bernard Righton – won the Perrier award with Steve Coogan in 1992, which led to the Paul Calf films on TV.
He has also appeared in Coronation Street, Lee and Herring’s Fist of Fun and 24 Hour Party People.