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Tinky Winky joins former fraudster & ex doctor

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

Former GP Paul Sinha put together a show after meeting Jim Davidson, inset, Dave Thompson shortly after his Telletubbies days

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A TRIO of talented TV comics with sharp wit, lanky eccentricity and hilarious crash and burn stories are sure to delight in December's offering from The Comedy Hall in Tiverton.

This month's headliner is the acerbic but self-effacing Paul Sinha. He's thoughtful and political, but there'll be no shortage of smart and knowing punchlines. A Radio 4 mainstay, Sinha has appeared on The Now Show, The News Quiz, Woman's Hour and Loose Ends, as well as being a political pundit on PM. He's a serious quiz aficionado and also features on ITV's The Chase.

A British Indian and ex-GP, his acclaimed 2011 Edinburgh show was partly inspired by an encounter with Jim Davidson, who chatted with him amiably and then blogged about the gay Sinha as an 'Indian poof'.

This is personal stand-up, with every political point a set up for a joke, usually at his own expense. Sinha's act is "sharp, and beautifully observed. His take on politics – both national and sexual – was awash with barbed wit" (Telegraph).

The compere is Nick Page, who will be familiar to audiences as the disgraced ex-presenter of ITV's Escape to the Country. He's racked up three broken marriages, seven unfulfilled engagements and been done for fraud, but turns his misfortunes to fabulous comedy use, gleefully detailing stories of outrageous behaviour in hotels and drunken debauchery with lovable rogue charm. His stories of sentence bargaining after his fraud trial take on astounding levels of nonsensical logic, making for classic comedy.

And opening the show is none other than Tinky Winky himself. Dave Thompson was the first to play the role but these days is more familiar to TV audiences as a semi-regular character in both series of Al Murray's sitcom Time Gentlemen Please, and ITV's The All New Harry Hill Show and TV Burp. He also plays various roles in Hill's stage show, Wild Horses, and is just back fresh from touring with the star.

Famous for his brilliant one-liners, odd persona and absurdist physical humour, he's a cult figure among students, and his ballerina routine regularly brings the house down. Dave has also appeared in numerous commercials for Barclays Bank and British Gas. He's a talented writer and has contributed to TV Burp and ITV's Sketch Show and writes for a whole host of other stand-ups including Bruce Forsyth and Boothby Graffoe.

Comedy Hall starts at 8pm on Monday, December 10, at Tiverton's New Hall.

Tickets are available for just £10 online at www.comedyhall.co.uk, or from Tiverton's Jolly Vintner and Twyford Photography, and Mr Ben's Emporium in Cullompton.

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