WITH British humour, if we find a reference funny in a show – live or not – we tend to utter it repeatedly for weeks on end.

So when comedian Sam Avery reels off a few good lines as he is set to do so at Pyramid Arts Centre tonight, Thursday, you could imagine it to be quite surreal when someone quotes back parts of the show that resonated with them on Facebook or in person.

“That’s been really nice to see,” said Sam.

“There’s one bit of the show that I don’t want to spoil but it’s quite an intense, ridiculous, stupid, silly, playful part of the show and I’ve been meeting audiences after the gigs.

“People are getting up and barking that bit at my face which is dead funny to see.

“I’m looking forward to hearing the Warrington version of that.”

Sam, who has performed at Pyramid once before in 2019, is evolving his content to explore what being a role model means in the modern-day.

The 43-year-old continued: “I built this audience up on my Facebook page initially for being a new parent but I’m not a new parent anymore so the first two shows I did were about the day-to-day grind of being a parent.

“Whereas now, my kids are seven years old and I’m in a different place. We’ve all evaluated who were are, what we’re doing and where we are going over the last couple of years so this show is much more about my position in the world and how it relates to everything I do.

“It also explores the perception of who you should be and the reality of who you are.

“It doesn’t sound very funny that does it? But it is funny,” joked Sam.

Sam, from Liverpool, has always seen a role model as someone unattainable or someone you didn’t see much of, so now he explores the idea that how can you be a role model when your kids can see everything you do.

“As a parent, I was playing a lot of cameo roles in my kids’ lives until lockdown and home-schooling and all of a sudden I’m in full view of them 24 hours per day for 18 months,” he added.

“You never see superman doing his tax return, do you? Or Rocky Balboa trying to parallel park?

“It’s also about failure which is an important part of life. It’s not trying to avoid it but how do you deal with it and cope with it and I try and teach my kids about that.

“The comedy is dead hard to do because when we fail, it’s dead annoying and I often respond like a petulant three-year-old.

“It’s about whether I hide that from my kids or let them see it.

“A lot of the comedy comes from what I know I know I should be doing and what I’m actually doing.

“It’s a 90-minute show that’s dead funny. There are lots of jokes, chats to the audience, funny stories and stuff that people can relate to whether you have got kids or not.”

Tickets can be found at https://culturewarrington.org/whats-on/sam-avery-role-model/