VIZ comic pair back on stage

Chris Donald (left) with Chris Cross and Simon Donald.
Chris Donald (left) with Chris Cross and Simon Donald.

An evening of hilarity and nonsense is in store as two North-East comedy veterans get back together for an anniversary show.

Chris and Simon Donald, co-creators of the Newcastle-based toilet-humour magazine VIZ, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of it going nationwide.

Chris Donald, who lives near Alnwick, will join his brother on stage for the first time in more than 20 years at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle for the event.

The show has been organised by North East comedian, magician and escapologist Chris Cross. He became acquainted with Simon a few years ago, and that spawned the idea for the show.

Cross said: “When Simon got back to me and told me that Chris had checked my stuff out online and that he was up for it, I was over the moon.

“With the them on board, we put together a show and booked a band and the Tyne Theatre’s bistro bar for Wednesday, August 5. That date has almost sold out, and we’ve added an extra date on August 4 now too.

“As well as live music, stand-up comedy from Simon, magic and escapology from me and Q&As with the Donald brothers, there will also be a charity auction.

“The auction is in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle, which looked after Steve Donald for the last 48 hours of his life after a battle with cancer in 2008.”

Steve was the third Donald brothers and also a co-creator of VIZ, famous for comic characters including the Fat Slags, Sid the Sexist, the Brown Bottle and Roger Mellie.

The show is not affiliated with the current VIZ comics. Tickets cost £12. For details, go to