Is he a Saint or sinner?

Becoming Johnny VegasBecoming Johnny Vegas
Becoming Johnny Vegas
St Helens’ second most famous export is hosting a Q&A in Chorley next month.

The star of Benidorm, Ideal, QI and the PG Tips ads – who is slightly less famous than the town’s rugby league side – will be on stage in conversation with Steve Royle about his life and career.

He will cover in his new autobiography, which is included as part of the ticket price.

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The evening is a joint collaboration between Chorley Little Theatre and the town’s independent bookshop Ebb And Flo.

It takes place on Tuesday, November 5 at 7.30pm.

Find out how 11-year-old Catholic trainee Michael Pennington became Johnny Vegas, a TV regular and perhaps the most fearlessly confessional stand-up comedian this country has ever produced.

A darkly hilarious tale of family, faith and the creative application of alcohol dependency this is an eye-poppingly frank memoir.

In this very special evening, BBC Radio Lancashire presenter and fellow comedian Steve Royle chats to Johnny about his upbringing in St Helens and how he has become one of Britain’s best-loved comic actors.

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The conversation will last an hour, with a chance for audience members to ask their own questions, before Johnny will take time to meet everyone and sign their book.

The ticket price of £20 includes a hardback copy of the book, entry into the event, and a meeting with Johnny himself.

Purchase from Ebb and Flo Books, Gillibrand Street and receive the book there and then or book via Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or via the links on and pick up your copy of the book on the night.

This is the first event of its type organized by Ebb and Flo Bookshop, which has only been open for a few months.

Shop owner Diane Gunning hopes to arrange more events like this if it’s a success.