In stitches: the doctor who is also a stand-up comedian
YOU’VE all heard the “Doctor Doctor” jokes, but have you heard of Bolton’s consultant-by-day, comedian-by-night Dr Kevin Jones?
The 58-year-old has travelled the world as a professional speaker, doing it alongside his other love — medicine.
He has already staged a sell-out charity show at the Albert Halls in Bolton and next week he will take his side-splitter to the Bury Met to boost funds for Bury Hospice.
Dr Jones says his combination of anecdotes and musings draw on the darker side of humour in medicine.
The consultant physician said: “It’s embarrassing actually because it’s the same show, but this time I’m bringing it to Bury.
“I used to work in Bury as a senior consultant so a lot of my material is based on my experiences from there.
“It’s a show that explores the darker side of medical humour.
“I do a lot of public speaking but this will go into much more depth about our reaction to death, dying and illness.
“It sounds desperately grim but even within that milieu, there’s a particular humour and poignancy about life. I suppose I do find it very cathartic.
“There are many parallels with my other job. I think a big part of being a doctor or working in medicine is about performance.
“It’s about the way you communicate with your patient and tell them what treatment is going to make them better. Good doctors have to be good entertainers because it’s about putting over your message.”
Dr Jones has worked at the Royal Bolton for 12 years and is based on the acute medical unit, seeing people with medical problems that are not surgical, such as heart attacks and strokes.
The medic, who lives in Harwood, has also worked at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury and in Chester, Liverpool and Cambridge.
He did his first professional talk in 1982, when he was asked to speak at a rugby dinner.
Dr Jones said: “I have always been an entertainer ever since I was young.
“I have been doing amateur dramatics and after dinner speaking for more than 30 years.
“There’s no better feeling than having a room at your mercy as you build up to a punch line.”
An Evening with Dr Kevin Jones is at The Met at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 19.
Tickets are £15 available from: themet.biz. All proceeds will be donated to Bury Hospice.
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