Baker boy’s out to raise laughs

Charlie Baker will be starring at BTW
Charlie Baker will be starring at BTW

Multi-talented Charlie Baker harks back to an age when comics were expected to do more than just tell jokes.

The 36-year-old is an award-winning tap dancer, trained actor and accomplished jazz singer.

And he will incorporate elements of all three into his brand new show ‘Freshly Baked’, which he’ll be performing at Falkirk’s Behind the Wall venue on July 28.

Baker is one of a whole host of big names that will be visiting the district next month as part of the third annual Funny in Falkirk.

He told The Falkirk Herald, the festival’s official media sponsor, that his heroes are performers like Morecambe & Wise and Max Miller.

“I think many contemporary comedians want to be like Stewart Lee, who’s brilliant, but that’s not my style at all. I was told very early on in my career that you should use all of your available talents.

“I listen to a lot of Max Miller. I see him as the first true ‘alternative’ comedian. He wrote all his of material. He was the Peter Kay or Michael McIntyre of his day - but he also had a great voice.”

Baker is a trained actor who has been “in the business” since the age of six. But he abandoned his dream of treading the boards for a living one day around 10 years ago.

“I can remember the day. I was hungover, dressed as a crab, appearing in a very bad production of ‘Pinocchio’. I suddenly realised that I wasn’t a very happy person. After talking it over with my wife, I decided to pursue a career in comedy, which was always my ambition.”

The Devon native has become a regular on TV panel shows including ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and ‘A Short History of Everything Else’.

But he first came to national attention when he won the 2011 Let’s Dance for Comic Relief competition.

Baker’s experiences as a jobbing actor provide a rich seam of experiences which he has mined for his solo show. “Comedians today are scared to sing and dance in their shows - unless they do it ironically. You try and think of a well-known all-round entertainer today and you can’t, with the exception of Bruce Forsyth and Ken Dodd. It’s my unique selling point.”