Submariners tales of the sea make him a comic hit

PUBLISHED: 17:20 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2010



A FORMER submariner is telling tales of life underwater in a new comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival.

A FORMER submariner is telling tales of life underwater in a new comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival.

Glenn Barrack, also known as Eric, from Sidcup is carving out a new comedy career in his show Eric's Tales Of The Sea.

After serving in the Royal Navy working in a nuclear submarine as a Radio Electrical Mechanic throughout the 1980s and '90s, as well as Churchill boat HMS Courageous during the Falklands, Barrack turned to comedy by accident in 2000.

When watching a comedy show compered by the late Malcolm Hardee, he thought he would try his luck on stage.

He said: "I was sitting enjoying the show with a pint or two, when Malcolm Hardee, announced that the next act hadn't turned up.

"As we'd shared a bit of banter during his performance earlier in the evening he pointed to me and said I had to get up and do it.

"With no material whatsoever I got on stage and muddled my way through using nothing but charm and some salty stories."

The unplanned performance led to a comedy career that has seen Eric pack-in the punters in appearances in the UK and the USA, wooing the crowds with his 'tales of the sea'.

He added: "Every club is different but whether the audience prefer observational humour, stories, word play or rude stuff, one thing is always the same: people come to be entertained!

"Humour is the lifeblood of service life, so it is only natural that I explore the dark humour that is so common among submariners."

But despite travelling for nearly two decades with the Navy, Barrack is always pleased to return to his home town of Sidcup where he has lived since the age of two.

He said: "It's where I call home. It's also where my family is and where I returned to when on leave when I was in the Navy.

"I had always wanted to join the Navy since I was a child, but it was great to come back to visit now and again. There really is no place like home."

Eric's Tales Of The Sea is at The Holyrood Too at Venue Number 38 in Edinburgh until this Sunday. Tickets can be booked via the box office on 0131 225 9764.

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