Mr Methane coming to Wigan

Mr Methane

Mr Methane

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SIMON Cowell referred to him as a “disgusting creature” but notorious Mr Methane is determined to win round the Wigan crowd.

He’s enjoyed a professional career for more than 20 years, entertaining audiences around the world, appearing on television shows such as Eurotrash and now he’s heading to the Bellingham Hotel on Wigan Lane.

It’s certainly an act that can blow hot and cold with audiences, but Mr Methane – real name Paul Oldfield – is hoping he makes the right noises during his gig at the Laughs on the Lane comedy night on August 26.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it, I get a lot of people asking me when I’m doing a public gig as I usually do private parties.

“It all started when I used to earn an extra few quid at school by performing for the kids at playtime.

“When I left though I went working for British Rail as a train driver.

“In the late 80s, though, the morale was really low so I left.”

What came next was two decades as a “professional trumper”, seeing Mr Methane perform a number of acts including breaking wind to the tune of songs and firing a dart out of his backside!

Thankfully he has found enough work to keep him doing it professionally.

After stints on television and across the globe, including shows such as Tarrant on TV, he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 but got three buzzes and a piercing insult from Simon.

He added “What they do is ring around different acts and ask them to go on and they had asked me a couple of times before but I’ve rejected.

“I went on and they were all very hostile but all publicity is good publicity and I did get to break wind in Piers Morgan’s direction.

“In fact, he mentioned me in his newspaper column not long after saying I was the only one to leave my mark!”

Laughs on the Lane organiser Jimmy O’s saw his videos on YouTube and invited him to the Bellingham.

Jimmy said: “I’m trying to get a variety of acts to the Laughs on the Lane night and Mr Methane is certainly different.

“He’s had millions of hits on YouTube.”

Tickets are still available and can be obtained by calling 01942 243893.