A COMEDIAN who found fame on Channel 4’s The Undateables is coming to Bolton.

Funnyman Luke Montague appeared in both series of the programme, which follows single people with a range of disabilities as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmaking and speed-dating.

Luke will open a night of comedy at Hardy Hall, Church Street, Little Lever, on Sunday.

The 24-year-old said: “It’s going well. I supported Johnny Vegas last year, so I’m getting around.

“I do observational comedy, stuff that happens every day, and about my Tourette’s.

“People say it’s a really funny way to learn about a subject, which is nice. They don’t laugh at the tics, they laugh at the jokes.”

The event has been organised by Carl “Chunk” Lawrence, who was brought up in Farnworth before moving to Little Lever.

Father-of-four Carl, who now lives in Wigan, has been making waves in the comedy world since being snapped up by comedy club giant Jongleurs last year.

He said: “Luke’s really excited about coming over. We’re really looking forward to it.”

On The Undateables, Luke was seen on dates with a student nurse called Lucy, but the pair ended up just being friends.

He said: “At the moment, I’m single.

“Going on the show was a great way to raise awareness of Tourette’s. Getting a date was a bonus.”

In 2005, when Luke was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, which affects the brain and nervous system and causes involuntary, random sounds and movements, known as tics.

Signs of the condition first appeared while he was at school, pulling faces and tensing up.

Luke, who is studying for a teaching qualification at Liverpool Community College, said: “It was getting on my nerves. The teacher thought I was playing up.

“It was a relief to be diagnosed.”

He said: “It’s a pain in the neck, to be honest. But I’m never going to let it stop me doing what I want to do.

“I want to go professional, if I can. I would love to do Live at the Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.”

Luke said his tics are more prevalent when he gets nervous or excited.

He added: “I’ve never been to Bolton, I’ve never had a gig there so I’ll be quite nervous.”

Also on the bill are Lewis “Big Lou” Jones and Bobby Murdock and the event is being sponsored by ratemyretail.co.uk.

Pippa Beck, the company’s chief executive, said: “We are always looking to support new talent.”

l Tickets are £7 and are available from Hardy Hall or by calling 07895 381396. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts 8.30pm.