Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up - ‘People call it a quarter-life crisis’
He was kicked off Saturday morning TV and had pizza delivered to a moving train. Is Chris Ramsey now all growed up?
In the last year, South Shields comic Chris Ramsey has got married and spent more time looking round potential new homes than he would necessarily have liked. Especially when he has a room full of Lego that needs regularly played with. Responsibility and adulthood aren’t resting too well on his almost 30-year-old shoulders, but he’s not sure that he needs to be feeling too bad about it.
‘It’s about me being dragged kicking and screaming into an adult word that I’m not really ready for and all the things that come with it,’ he says ahead of an Edinburgh Fringe run and then national tour of All Growed Up. ‘It’s not me saying I’m immature and just a kid, it’s me saying I don’t think I’m ready for this kind of thing. People call it a quarter-life crisis but I’m not so sure.’
Having arrived on the stand-up scene with a flourish around 2008, he nabbed himself an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2011 with Offermation and has since been kicked off Soccer AM for saying a very rude thing (still, it gave him a story for a national tour with The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television) and successfully had some pizza delivered to a train he was travelling in.
One of the big challenges for his new show is cutting down the round 90 minutes he’ll perform on tour into the square hour he’ll be doing during August. It’s a tougher proposition than many people imagine. ‘It’s absolutely horrible. It’s like wallpapering your sitting room and then going, “actually, I’m going to rip half of that bit off and leave it bare”. But chopping bits out means it’s being fine-tuned and that makes it stronger because it forces you to critique yourself more: “I love both of these bits, and both are funny, but which one is funnier and, just as important, which one is more relevant to the show?” It’s a tightrope.’
Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up is at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh, Thu 20 Sun 30 Aug and goes on a national tour from Mon 28 Sep.