Everybody loves Raymond

Ramond and Mr Timpkins (AKA Andrew Heydon and Tony Salmon)

Ramond and Mr Timpkins (AKA Andrew Heydon and Tony Salmon)

Sant Yago

FOOD REVIEW: Sant Yago, Southsea

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2010 Guide Award nominees The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue headline at the Wedge Comedy Club in Southsea next Friday.

The popular local double act feature regularly at venues such as Jokes Bay in Gosport and big name clubs across the country.

We caught up with Andrew Heydon from Paulsgrove (AKA Raymond) to find out more about him.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I don’t think comedians are any funnier than anyone else. Some of us just have a need to show-off and stumble upon a formula that allows us to do it for money.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

I’ve only ever really wanted to be an entertainer. I’d probably end up back in a call centre which was my last job – an absolutely appalling thought. The way people are treated in those places beggars belief in this day and age.

Which three things make you laugh?

Farting mainly but also silliness and extreme rudeness. The camp fire scene from Blazing Saddles provided me with my first memory of suffering from uncontrollable, painful laughter.

What’s your favourite one-liner?

I can never remember jokes. If I could, it would probably be a bit rude.

Who’s your hero?

I have several but the top two are Tony Salmon (Mr Timpkins), for his huge musical and comedic talents and his generous willingness to let me play.

And, ultimately, my wife, Nikki, for her extreme tolerance of her husband’s many absences; her huge work ethic, which has often kept the wolf from the door; and her comforting nature, which has often kept me from the bottle.

I must mention here my kids Bailey (15) and Buddy (11) who, by the simple device of being decent human beings, help so much in letting me do what I do. Thanks kids.

Describe your show in a few words.

Funny, entertaining, worth the admission.

Also appearing at the Albert Road venue next Friday (May 20) is Tom Deacon, Cole Parker and compere Dinga.

Tickets cost £8 from (023) 9286 3911, wedgewood-rooms.co.uk, or on the door from 7.30pm. Food is served until 8.45pm and there is a disco until 2.30am.

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