For­mer EastEn­ders star prom­ises knock­out night

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Sam Wil­liams

A for­mer BBC soap star is due to per­form at Ash­ford’s com­edy club.

Ricky Grover will head­line the gig at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, off Si­mone Weil Av­enue, on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 26.

Af­ter stints work­ing as a hair­dresser and a boxer – earn­ing the name Ricky ‘Good­night’ Grover due to his big punch­ing power – he turned to act­ing, writ­ing and per­form­ing.

His TV roles in­clude Red Dwarf, star­ing as Heather’s boyfriend, An­drew Cot­ton, in EastEn­ders in 2011/2012 and as gang­ster, Bulla, on Chan­nel 4’s The 11 O’Clock Show.

In char­ac­ter as Bulla, Ricky was even in­ter­viewed by one of this big­gest fans, chat show host Michael Parkin­son.

Orig­i­nally from Lon­don’s East End, he has also fea­tured in many films in­clud­ing Dead Cert with Ja­son Fle­myng and Danny Dyer, Big Fat Gypsy Gang­ster, and Love, Hon­our and Obey.

Ricky is a favourite on the UK com­edy cir­cuit and has per­formed many times at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val.

He will be joined on the night by Mike McClean, who, af­ter train­ing as an ac­tor, moved to stand-up.

Mike broke onto the cir­cuit with a com­edy magic act and was soon spot­ted by a TV pro­ducer from Nick­elodeon.

He went on to front sev­eral shows for the chan­nel, in­clud­ing Nick AM, a live daily break­fast show.

He later joined ITV to present the kids game show It’s Not Fair, fol­lowed by two se­ries of Mad for It, a live chil­dren’s show.

The night will be hosted by Tony Simp­son, an en­er­getic com­pere, con­fi­dent in im­pro­vi­sa­tion and in­ter­act­ing with any kind of au­di­ence.

Tick­ets for the show are now on sale from £18, or £25 in­clud­ing a two-course meal.

Go to www.the­com­e­dy­club. co.uk or call 01233 219988. SATUR­DAY

Four miles – start­ing at 1pm from Ash Li­brary car park, go­ing to Nash with Col­lyer’s Com­pan­ions. SUN­DAY

Five miles – start­ing at 10am from Shep­herdswell rail­way sta­tion car park with Dover & Thanet Rights of Way So­ci­ety.

Six miles – start­ing at 10am from Red Lion Square, Hythe with the White Cliffs Ram­blers.

Ten miles – start­ing at 10am from Sand­wich rail­way sta­tion, pub stop in Worth with the White Cliffs Ram­blers.

Twelve miles – start­ing at 10am from Breach Downs, near Barham, lunch stop at Den­sole with East Kent Ram­bling Club.

Twenty miles – start­ing at 9.25am at Bor­ough Green rail­way sta­tion, pub stop in Mere­worth with the Long-dis­tance Walk­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Kent Group). WED­NES­DAY

Five miles – start­ing at 10.30am from The Plough, Rip­ple ,with the East Kent Ram­bling Club.

Twelve miles – start­ing at 10am from Wye Downs car park, pub stop at Stowt­ing with the East Kent Ram­bling Club. THURS­DAY

Eight miles – start­ing at 10am from Brock­hill Coun­try Park, pub stop at Etch­inghill with the White Cliffs Ram­blers.

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