Creating comedy from everyday experiences
Stand-up star Alun Cochrane draws on his everyday experiences when it comes to crafting his shows.
And luckily, the past 12 months have provided the Yorkshire- raised stand-up with a wealth of comical moments for him to choose from.
He has been juggling a mammoth house move with looking after his son, touring the country with his latest stand-up show and welcoming a new addition to the family – a pet whippet.
He should have plenty to talk about when he arrives at Hull Truck on Tuesday.
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"It's been ... busy!" he says. "My son is four years old now so he's full of energy. And then, of course, there's the house move, which has been a very grand affair.
"That would all be fine but then when you factor in a dog, which we got post-move, it all starts to get a little bit hectic.
"But it gives me lots to talk about and those everyday moments in life make for some very interesting comedy fodder."
It is fitting, then, that his new show is called Moments Of Alun and touches on almost anything he sees or does, from trips to the DIY shop or walking the dog, to visiting the shoe shop.
"I don't really have a filter anymore, apart from whether something is funny to me or not," says Alun.
"Moments Of Alun has stuff about the house move, about the trips to B&Q and something that happened to me on a plane a couple of years ago that made me laugh when I remembered it.
"That's the kind of comedy I like – things that people can relate to, rather than going on about topics like celebrities.
"I'm more likely to talk to the audience about what they like in their sandwiches than what I think about Kerry Katona."
That conversational, observational comedy has seen Alun's star rocket on the comedy circuit – something he has cemented with regular appearances on television panel shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week.
He says: "I think because my stand-up is quite conversational and laid-back, the audience sees me as just some bloke who is talking and they feel comfortable talking back to me.
"That comes from chatting about things they know. I love when the audience can connect to the show, because it makes it more involving for them."