Oct 18 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
“I AM the hostess with the mostess,” declared Rudi Lickwood in a confident manner when asked about his latest show. “It will be wicked, because it is Black History Month. I decided to make the line-up a multicultural one. The acts performing are brilliant because they just do their own thing and don’t pretend to be anyone else.”
Rudi Lickwood and his Comedy Chums is at Harrow Arts Centre at the end of the month. It follows his first event at the venue, which sold out after more than 600 people rushed out to buy tickets.
Rudi, from Harlesden, puts on comedy evenings across the country. Before he got into the comedy promotion business, he ran a catering company. It folded due to the economic downturn and he had to look at other ways of making a living.
“After losing my business, I had to find something else to do,” he said. “Lots of people would tell me that I looked like Eddie Murphy and I had his swagger, so I sent my picture to a few agencies and was then employed as a Eddie Murphy look-a-like.
“It was so much fun. I was travelling up and down the country and there were chauffeurs and women everywhere.”
Rudi, who has lived in Brent for more than 37 years, then decided he wanted to branch out and become a stand-up comedian.
He performed at comedy clubs such as Jongleurs, which has locations throughout the UK, and The Bearcat in Twickenham, before going on to become the first comedian to appear on BBC One’s Stand up Show in the late 1990s.
“I decided to do stand-up because I wanted to be a unique act, to be myself,” he said. “The art of being a good stand-up is to be individual.
“My career in comedy has been a lot of fun. I have done shows at Edinburgh Festival and all over the world. I have been to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and so many more countries, to perform for the troops out there.
“It was awesome meeting all the army lot, they are such nice people. They are our real heroes, not any of these reality television stars.
“I made quite a few friends when I was travelling, although I did do a gig for the Taliban once and none of them found it funny.”
Rudi has been staging comedy shows for three years. Rudi Lickwood and Comedy Chums will be a multicultural comedy evening to celebrate Black History Month.
All the comedians are award winners and of different nationalities, with Junior Simpson from Jamaica, Maureen Younger from Scotland, Mickey Sharma from India, A Dot Comedian (aka Afolabi Dasaolu) from Nigeria, and Rudi – whose parents came to the UK from Guyana in South America in the early 1960s.
Rudi added: “My job during the evening will be to highlight the fact that it is Black History Month.
“Personally, I think we shouldn’t even have a month called that, but at least it makes people aware of different cultures.
“I think with the Olympics happening in London it has made people much more culturally aware. That is what I am hoping to do with this show.
“The acts I have organised to come to the event are wicked, they talk about their nationality a lot.
“The way that Michael McIntyre talks about the middle class a lot, that’s because he is middle class and he knows a lot about it. That’s what all of us are like, we talk about who we are and what we know.”
n Rudi Lickwood and Comedy Chums is at Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex, HA5 4EA on Sunday, October 28, at 8pm. It is suitable only for those aged 18 and over.
Tickets are £12 in advance and £15 on the door, concessions £10. Call the box office on 020 8416 8989 or book online via www.harrowarts.com.