He's got that
IT'S not often you hear a stand-up comedian described as 'warm'. In a world where comedy is often an outlet for venting your spleen about all that's bothering you, warmth rarely comes into it.
Yet it's an adjective used repeatedly to describe Stephen K Amos and his style of stand-up.
Speaking to The Buzz, he said: "There is a tendency for comedians to be angry, particularly in times like these when we have a Government no one actually voted for and everyone is worried about their jobs.
"Stand-up comedy, in particular, is the voice of the people so I can see why some people think it needs to be like this, but I tend to think people come to see a comedian to forget about all of that – to escape and generally just have a laugh.
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"They know what's wrong with the world, they don't need to be reminded of it on a night out."
Stephen's positive personality will be on display on Monday when he brings his new stand-up show to The Roses, in Tewkesbury.
"It's called Laughter Is My Agenda, and it speaks for itself, really," explained Stephen. "My only agenda is to make people laugh.
"I take a look at politicians and the media and, to some extent, even the police, all of whom have a different agenda, and talk about how they have affected me, but essentially it's all about making people laugh."
Stephen, who is a star of both television and radio comedy shows, has now branched out into writing, penning his autobiography I Used to Say My Mother Was Shirley Bassey.
The book tells the story of Stephen's childhood, growing up in South London where, along with his twin sister, they were the only black kids in the class.
"Nobody wants to stand out for all the wrong reasons, so we turned it into a positive and pretended Shirley Bassey was our mum," laughed Stephen. "Of course they believed us. We'd even take in signed albums for people."
Tickets for Stephen's show cost £17.
To book, call 01684 295 074 or go online at www.rosestheatre.org.