by Greta Yeoman

Timaru-born comedian Josh Thomson is set to return home next month – bringing his 7 Days co-stars with him.

The South Canterbury stand-up star will join Dai Henwood, Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Ben Hurley, Justine Smith and Jeremy Elwood on stage at Timaru’s Theatre Royal on December 7, for the second show of their 7 Days Live tour.

The 14-date tour will be the most shows the comedic team has performed in the eight years of touring the live theatre show, Thomson said.

“We’re going to [almost] every bloody town.”

Thomson said he always lobbied hard to bring the show to Timaru, as it was a chance to see his family.

“It’s [also] quite annoying for everyone else, so I enjoy that.”

He also enjoys returning to the Theatre Royal, the location of his first big performance – Oliver – during his time at Timaru Boys’ High School.

Despite the nostalgic value of the venue, he always keeps an eye out for the mark made by some “fake blood” he created for the high school performance.

“The stain is still on the stage .. I always look for [it].”

Despite originally wanting to go into acting, Thomson ended up in stand-up after taking part in a competition while at the University of Otago.

“I jumped up .. and they paid me in beer.”

However, his Theatre and Film degree has come in useful.

Thomson has acted in several films and TV shows. He landed the lead in comedy film Gary of the Pacific last year, and acted opposite Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Guns Akimbo earlier this year.

“He’s very nice,” Thomson said of Radcliffe.

Thomson is looking forward to taking 7 Days away from the TV studio and on to the road.

The performances will begin with a quick-fire burst of stand-up comedy, followed by a typical 7 Days show – minus the cameras.

“It’s a really rollicking good time .. we’d do it all year if we could.”

While the show was often upfront and crude, it was a good chance “to laugh your belly off”.

“Just don’t bring older family members – unless you want to.”

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