Arts

Terry McHugh, stand-up comic and ex-yo-yo champ, says things

Stand-up comedian Terry McHugh performs in Belfast tomorrow night
Joanne Sweeney

AS A former Irish Yo-Yo champion, stand-up comedian Terry McHugh knows he's already halfway there to being funny.

The north Belfast man, now resident in rural Co Tyrone with his wife and three children, will be debuting his new show, Saying Things, at The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast tomorrow night. It's a show he describes as "a look at how life moves along and the things that are sent to test us all".

Fresh from his first television appearance, on BBC Northern Ireland's The Blame Game last week, McHugh has been a regular on the north's stand-up scene here since 2013 and has staged solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival.

He has been support for some of the north's best-known comedians, including Micky Bartlett, Patrick Kielty, Tim McGarry and Jake O'Kane and also cites being an extra on Game of Thrones and having one of his tweets at the centre of a Stormont Standards Commissioner investigation as claims to fame.

He jokes about this five years as Irish YoYo champion: "Yes, it's true. I travelled the world doing it and there was nobody better at it then me but I didn't have a girlfriend until I was about 23."

McHugh will be supported by Darren Matthews, from Armagh.

:: Tickets for the 8pm show £10/£8 concession; see crescentarts.org

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