I HADN’T heard of Joel Dommett until he appeared on I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here but he quickly became one of my favourite camp mates.

So when I heard he was performing in Brierley Hill, headlining the latest Live at The Civic show, I jumped at the chance to see him in action.

I wasn’t disappointed. He seemed to be the same funny, honest, nice guy he came across as during his stint in the jungle.

I didn’t feel like I was watching a comedian perform a well rehearsed set - it was more like being with a (albeit large) group of friends, watching a particularly witty pal hold court with fascinating yet hilarious stories.

It’s fair to say he brought the house down (especially with his aeroplane tale) and nothing was off limits - there was even a cheeky nod to that video.

But before Joel took to the stage, the audience were warmed up by two absolute class acts.

Rob Deering combined music and comedy. He is an incredible guitarist and his talents don’t stop there, he also has very entertaining lips. It was a very entertaining half hour full of rock anthem riffs and well delivered one-liners.

Following Deering was Troy Hawke, the latest creation of character comedian Milo McCabe.

This act was a breath of fresh air, I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. His facial expressions alone had the audience laughing hysterically and the volume only increased when the routine began. It was full of weird and wacky conspiracy theories, incredible Scrabble knowledge and sheer confusion about the English language and was the most original act I have possibly ever seen.

But don't take my word for it - he's headlining the Fitz of Laughter Comedy Club at Katie Fitzgerald's in Wollaston on Friday, October 5, so grab tickets and go see for yourself.

As always, Dudley’s own Wayne Beese held the show together with ease, with his anecdotes about 2p machines and Haven holidays being particular highlights.

Lee Nelson will headline the next show at Brierley Hill Civic Hall on Saturday, October 20.

He will be supported by Dane J. Baptiste and Adam Rowe.

To book, visit www.bhillcivic.co.uk/whats-on/comedy.