Wit, warmth and humour

Mervyn Stutter
Mervyn Stutter

A comedian and satirical song-writer, who has been wowing audiences nationwide for more than 40 years, is set to perform in Wooler later this month.

Mervyn Stutter has been making people laugh for four decades, and now, still convinced that ‘small is beautiful’, he is back where he is happiest, performing in small intimate venues.

He kicks off the Highlights Touring Programme’s autumn season in the county with a visit to The Cheviot Centre.

Mervyn Stutter is an actor, comedian scriptwriter, satirical songwriter and founder member of The Flying Pickets.

In his stand-up routine, Mervyn has a fairly astute line in social commentary and satirical bite.

He also champions his own generation, those who remember the Summer of Love and the subsequent disappointment of growing into their parents after all.

He picks up his guitar and plays some brilliantly funny parody songs with titles like Cowboy Plastic Surgeons, Men Like Sheds and The Menopausal Soldier.

Mervyn sings both original songs and wittily rewritten covers such as The Blair Necessities. All of his songs have one thing in common – they are astute, funny, often gentle but always jam-packed with clever lyrics that really repay close listening.

He has worked in radio, TV, theatre and cabaret. For the past 17 years, he’s presented his own Spirit of the Fringe Awards at The Edinburgh Festival – a daily showcase where artists perform and are interviewed by him in front of a live audience – which is adored by press and Fringe performers alike.

He is a man who relishes a live audience from all walks of life and is a performer who instantly makes audiences relax – perfect for the intimacy of rural touring.

An Evening with Mervyn Stutter is on Saturday, September 20, in the Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler. Tickets, £7, £6 conc, in advance from the Cheviot Centre or on the door.