People still shout 'donkey' at me!
If the words donkey, bow wow and cakey pig instantly bring a smile to your face, then you're obviously no stranger to the weird, weird, world of Charlie Chuck.
The insanely-permed funny man, who wanders on to stage armed with a two by four plank of wood, a drum kit, and several unresolved "emotional issues", has raised surreal comedy to an art form, with his nonsensical catchphrases that have been adopted by generations of students.
Now, the man who leapt to fame as Uncle Peter on The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer, is to bring his ramblings to the Country Park Inn, Hessle Foreshore, on Friday, as the first in a new season of the C69 comedy nights.
Charlie, aka Leicester-based comedian Dave Kear, says he learnt his inimitable style of banter and catchphrases growing up in the rat-infested inner city slums of 1950s Leeds.
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"I got it from my mum and my dad," says Dave.
"My dad was intelligent and grounded and my mum was basically nuts," he says.
"She used to talk this gibberish to me, which is where I get that from, and my dad would always say, 'What are you teaching him that rubbish for?' and was much more sensible."
"My catchphrase – 'Donkey' – just took off. I think it won catchphrase of the year in some survey or other.
"I had kids pointing at me in the supermarket shouting 'Donkey', I couldn't go anywhere without someone shouting 'Donkey'.
"And they still do. It happens a couple of times a week, at least.
"I don't mind at all, no. I think it's lovely that people still remember me."
Charlie Chuck was created when Kear appeared on Sky TV Star Search in 1990, appearing on the show five times and eventually getting through to the finals.
His first taste of showbiz came much earlier, however, when he took up an apprenticeship in a Leeds upholstery factory, where he befriended an old vaudeville comedian called Bert Pearson.
"Bert was in a corner, making stuff by himself, largely ignored – but meeting Bert was the best thing that ever happened to me," he says.
"Bert was an old-school comedian who had been to America with Charlie Chaplin, an old white-faced clown, who had a go at making it but, for whatever reason, never did.
"He was a great, old Bert. He taught me everything. He'd go through his old routines and I'd soak it all up like a sponge.
"He told me to go to acting school. So I did. And I learned to play the drums.
"And that was that. I was out of the factory and on my way."
As a drummer Kear made a name for himself on the club scene with a band called Danny And The Talisman, supporting legendary performers such as Bill Haley in Germany, before joining a show band called the Amazing Bavarian Stopmers – where his theatricality was allowed to flourish.
From there his comedic timing began to show and he was only a small step from launching himself as a solo comic.
His piece de resistance was to nail his drums to the floor and somersault over them as the show's finale.
Tickets for Friday's show can be bought at the Country Park Inn, at Chinese Laundry and Beasley's in Hull.