Steve Day describes himself a Britain’s only deaf comedian, if there are any others he hasn’t heard.

He is bringing his latest stand up show, Steve Day Faces the Deaf Sentence, to the Potters Arms on Thursday.

Steve wasn’t born deaf but lost his hearing when he was a teenager, he explains: “I was about 18. They don’t know the cause, something that used to frustrate me, but I’ve learned to look forward not backwards.

“Music was the worst. I was a big music fan, I had hundreds of albums even at a young age. I worked two part time jobs to feed my vinyl obsession and then it seemed to slip away.

“I made my hearing worse playing music loud in headphones to try to get the sound back.”

After working in IT for 13 years, Steve started doing comedy in 1998 when he was in his 30s. Despite a slightly later start than most to the comedy circuit, he had always wanted to be a comedian.

“It goes back to the days of watching Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson and Ken Dodd on the TV.

I have two brothers of a similar age, I’m the middle one, us three and my dad were always doing jokes. My mum never got any of them, which was in itself hilarious.

“I have been making up jokes in my head as long as I can remember. I went on a comedy workshop run at a further education college. A sort of comedy night school.

“After that it wasn’t hard to get into performing, the hard bit was persuading myself that I was funny. I think I wasted ten years being too scared to start.”

Steve’s stand-up centres around real life stories, he says: “I am a poor actor so I can only start from something true, something that has actually happened.

“Telling a story always leads to unforeseen connections with other thoughts and this embellishment process leads to a show that is true but with lots of jokes.

“I’m a very positive person so I don’t like cruel comedy that picks on people, unless it’s me, I pick on myself quite a lot.”

Due to being deaf, Steve gauges the audience reaction from the front row. He believes that over the years he has probably been heckled without realising, which he finds somewhat disappointing.

“I regret I can’t really respond. I’m sure I would win. Sometimes I know something has been said but to stop and find out what would take about ten minutes and involve written submissions.”

Steve invites anybody who wishes to heckle him at his show at the Potters Arms on Thursday to get in touch via email.

Potters Arms, Fagnall Lane, Winchmore Hill, Thursday, February 25, 8pm. Details: 01494 726222,