INCLUSIVITY shined through in the form of comedy at Walton Gardens.

We all know the best form of camaraderie is shown through humour and that was on show last night in the fundraiser for the PDRL World Cup, which is coming to Warrington in October.

I mean, when Adam Hills has his Warrington Wolves PDRL teammates prosthetic leg aloft – after trying to catch it and cutting his arm – you know you’re on the right track.

Adam talked through some amusing experiences with rugby including a Castleford Tigers PDRL opponent and which way he thought to step him when he has one arm.

And of course, an excited audience that included a chunk of rugby league fans were always going to enjoy a Nadine Dorries gag about Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal – it was so important for England’s Rugby League World Cup win though… right?

Adam introduced the first comedian of the night Michelle Shaughnessy who got the audience giggling early doors.

She discussed fat shaming, friends and how she finds dating men as a comedian.

Judging by her set, her partner will definitely be the second funniest in the relationship no matter how many puns they have up their sleeve.

Next up was Steve Royle, who came third on Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.

He came with a reputation and came out juggling.

A brilliant performance involved how easy it must have been to isolate if you live in that house in the middle of the M62 – we all know the one.

He joked about getting the kids to only play on the hard shoulder and getting the sheep in.

It was very cyclical too as he finished up trying to juggle prosthetic legs – easier said than done – but he left the crowd more than pleased.

A break followed with a raffle and a silent auction to help raise funds to host the teams for the World Cup.

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All of the comedians together - Picture: Joe Richardson

All of the comedians together - Picture: Joe Richardson

Lea Roberts in action - Picture: Joe Richardson

Lea Roberts in action - Picture: Joe Richardson


Lea Roberts, a former Halifax player, then brought his Northern jokes to the table and stole the show.

He had the audience in pieces bringing back fond memories of things we all did growing up.

Lea also joked that his wife wanted to go and see Jeremy Kyle for her 50th so instead of getting tickets, he did something else involving her sister to get them on the show shall we say.

When asking if anyone has watched Afterlife, of course, the adorable heckling dog barked again. Very fitting.

A couple of curry plates and a few beers later, Adam jumped back on stage to remind the audience of the tournament coming to town in October.

The event was the perfect start to an exciting few months.


The audience enjoyed the evening - Picture: Joe Richardson

The audience enjoyed the evening - Picture: Joe Richardson