Jon aims to ‘make ‘em laugh’!

Jon Aggro. Picture by Tony Knox
Jon Aggro. Picture by Tony Knox

By day, Fleetwood man Jon Porter plies his trade as a window cleaner.

But away from the chamois leather and the hot soapy water, Jon enjoys trying out routines as a stand-up comedian.

And now the 31-year-old, who lives off Manor Road on the town’s Warren Farm estate, has set up his own monthly comedy club in the town.

The latest “Codemy Club” session takes place this Thursday night, at Fleetwood Working Men’s Club on Kemp Street, beginning at 8pm.

Jon, who also tried at his hand at American-style wrestling under the name Jon Aggro, writes his own material but is still experimenting on his style.

He says: “I always fancied giving it a go. I love being on stage and enjoy making people laugh.

“I’m not a professional so it is not easy getting a chance to perform.

“So I decided to set up my own club in Fleetwood to give me a chance to experiment and try things out.

“It is a bit daunting when you first get up, because people are judging you on your material and on the way you deliver it.

“But it’s a lot of fun when you get going.”

Jon, a married father-of-two, has performed at a few venues across the North West, including in Liverpool.

He said: “At one place, the room was above a coffee bar, the microphone wasn’t working and there were about five people in the room, but I suppose that’s showbusiness!”

The Codemy sessions normally consist of amateur funnymen and women from Fleetwood and Wyre providing a night of mirth and merriment, and Jon himself normally has a five minute slot.

But for the special Christmas session he has brought in three professional comics and a professional host.

Performing on the night are Bobby Murdoch, Gaye Jones and Greg Cook, with Blackpool funnyman Ryan Gleeson the night’s comedy host.

Jon said: “I may come on for a couple of minutes to thank everyone and do a couple of gags.

“Fleetwood needs these kind of events. We provide a night of comedy right on people’s doorsteps here in Fleetwood.”