Funnyman Carl backs our Joseph

Paul Kendrick, dad of Joseph, with comedian Carl Lawrence, whose first professional gig will raise funds for Joseph's Goal, the Comedy Lives Presents An Evening of Live Stand Up event, at Newtown Working Men's Club, and event sponsor Dave Bolitho, of www.ratemyretail.co.uk

Paul Kendrick, dad of Joseph, with comedian Carl Lawrence, whose first professional gig will raise funds for Joseph's Goal, the Comedy Lives Presents An Evening of Live Stand Up event, at Newtown Working Men's Club, and event sponsor Dave Bolitho, of www.ratemyretail.co.uk

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A TOP Wigan comedian and a newly-formed local firm are getting behind Joseph’s Goal.

Carl “Chunk” Lawrence is climbing his way to the top of the comedy ladder at a rapid pace.

A milkman by trade, he only took up his new occupation as a funnyman earlier this year.

But such was his talent that professional comedy outfit Jongleurs signed him up to their label.

And now, he has enlisted the support of local company Ratemyretail.co.uk as sponsors.

Always one to stick to his roots though, Carl returns to Newtown Working Men’s Club this Friday for what is expected to be another sell-out gig.

And as he put the final preparations together on Monday for the event, he picked up his Evening Post.

The dad-of-four was instantly drawn to the story of our reporter Paul Kendrick and young son Joseph.

“I couldn’t help but be drawn into the story of Paul and his family,” he said.

“It’s such an emotional story and, after reading it, I immediately wanted to help so I’ll be donating 20 per cent of the door takings and we’ll be holding a raffle on the night as well.

“My four-year-old developed meningitis not long after she was born and it was so horrible as parents. Thankfully she made a full recovery and has just started Westfield Primary School.

“As local causes go, you don’t get much more important, it would be amazing if the money people across Wigan raised can go towards vital research.”

Ratemyretail.co.uk is also backing Joseph’s Goal and will be offering raffle prizes on the night.

The website, which offers consumers the chance to give reviews on retail stores, will be this Friday’s big sponsor.

An overwhelmed Paul said: “I was absolutely bowled over when Carl offered to help.

“Joseph’s Goal had only really kicked off that morning, the paper had only been out for a matter of minutes, and already here’s someone who doesn’t know us offering to help.

“I was always hopeful the campaign would take off, but the response so far has already been overwhelming.

“The night sounds like it’s going to be a big success, and fingers crossed it’ll give us a massive boost on the fund-raising front as well.”

Carl added: “I’m looking forward to welcoming Paul and his wife coming down.

“We had a great gig here the other month and it was a sell out then.

“The way ticket sales are going, it’ll be the same this Friday too so I’d urge people to get them in advance as we had to turn people away last time.

“We have a superb stand up to start us off in David Alnwick who has got rave reviews wherever he has been.

“Next up we have the ‘Wigan three’ in Danny Jolley, who appeared last time, Joe Hughes and myself.

“Danny went down a storm last time out, he’s absolutely hilarious and one to watch.

“Joe is new to the scene and is going to be huge. He’s an actor too and is just naturally really funny.

“Our headline act is Nige, a ‘scouse chav’ act played out by Keith Carter. He’s been all over the shop and is very well known.”

Tickets, priced at £7, are selling fast for the event so if you want to go along and get behind Joseph’s Goal, ring Carl on 0753 413 5732.