REVIEW: Ramsey and Cook: Caring For Kian, The Customs House, South Shields

Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey on stage at the Customs House. Picture by Kevin Duffy.
Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey on stage at the Customs House. Picture by Kevin Duffy.
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Two comedians, one couch, no script and a cracking evening of comedy all in the name of a good cause.

South Tyneside funnymen and best pals Chris Ramsey and Jason Cook got together at the Customs House last night to help raise around £10,000 for a poorly toddler in desperate need of pioneering cancer treatment in America.

One of the most wonderful things about the people of the North East is the way they rally round to help one another.

We've seen it time and time again, when even in times of austerity - and the post-Christmas skint season - people dig deep to help others out.

The evening was all about Newcastle toddler Kian Musgrove, who has spent the majority of his life battling neuroblastoma. He's already been to the US for treatment, but after the devastating news that the disease has returned, his family needs to raise the funds to take him again.

In a bid to do their bit, Chris and Jason took to the stage for an off-the-cuff performance that left the crowd in fits of laughter.

Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey on stage at the Customs House. Picture by Kevin Duffy.

Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey on stage at the Customs House. Picture by Kevin Duffy.

This is probably the first show I've reviewed that I can't actually tell you the name of, but the comedians included a rude word in the title, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

And contrary to what Chris would have you believe, I'm writing this review on an actual laptop, not a briefcase filled with Chewits.

Best pals Chris and Jason have an electrifying on-stage chemistry that made for a side-splitting evening of fun.

The comics played off each other as they shared tales of their lives, working together on the Hebburn set, pulling pranks on each other and gigging around the country.

Abi Garrido performed a song she'd written for Kian. Picture by Kevin Duffy.

Abi Garrido performed a song she'd written for Kian. Picture by Kevin Duffy.

The relaxed evening felt like 400 mates sitting together catching up on old times.

Chris' stories from his stag do and Jason's tales of arguments with his friends were simply hilarious.

The comics have a brilliant knack for thinking on their feet as they banter with the audience and they played off each other brilliantly.

The night also saw Jarrow singer Abi Garrido take to the stage to perform a song she'd written for little Kian.

The 18-year-old's performance was emotional and atmospheric and moved people to tears.

It was a hilarious and special evening that has got a little boy one step closer to the help he needs.