ALISON CROOSE Guildhall of St George, King's Lynn (King's Lynn Festival)
Guildhall of St George, King's Lynn (King's Lynn Festival)
The television and radio comedian enhanced his reputation as a natural wit at a thoroughly entertaining evening.
His visit was billed to feature his latest book, A Piano in the Pyrenees, but he also revealed the background to earlier books which resulted from rash, alcohol-induced bets made at dinner parties.
Before giving an amusing account of how he came to write his first book, Round Ireland with a Fridge, Hawks bonded with the audience by ascertaining how far they had travelled to see him - and was delighted to discover someone from Oregon, USA, in the audience.
Dressed for the heat-wave in T-shirt
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and shorts, Hawks gave a hilarious
account of his surreal experiences in Ireland. Several bets and books later he wrote about his purchase, on a whim, of a house in the Pyrenees especially for his piano.
The realisation of his dream of playing his piano in a house with a wonderful view gave him the chance to demonstrate his talents as a musician and singer.
When the show took the form of “an audience with” BBC Radio Norfolk's Tony Mallion elicited more comic moments from this very funny man.