The musical funnyman ... who's now low in fat
Mitch Benn used to be the poster boy for fat folk. It was a very big poster, he admits.
But now, the man once described as "the country's leading musical satirist" is a shadow of his former expansive self. A 10st lighter shadow to be precise.
After deciding he was "the wrong side of 40" and putting his health at risk by being a morbidly obese 25st, the comic went on a radical shake and soup diet and shed the weight in the space of a year
The results of the diet can be seen – or rather not seen – when the newly svelte Mitch takes to stage at The Ropewalk, in Barton-Upon-Humber, on Saturday, with his hit Edinburgh show Reduced Circumstances.
BLINDS & CURTAINS MADE 2 MEASURE WE COVER SCUNTHORPE & GRIMSBY...View details
Have a look at our website and view our fantastic new blinds! then you could book a free home visit were we show you more samples and help you choose your new blinds.www.grimsby-sunblinds.co.uk
Contact: 01472 809887
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
But as well as feeling great – the guitar-wielding comedian is also feeling a bit bad, almost like he's betrayed his fellow fatties.
"I never made a big deal out of being fat," says the Liverpudlian, with his soft Scouse accent, who says he had an addiction to food.
"I was always the fat kid growing up, so I never found morbid obesity funny. And I wasn't a funny kind of fat shape either. Because I'm a big guy, the weight was all over me. I wasn't comedically chubby.
"I looked more like a bouncer."
"But once I lost the weight I started to notice that a lot of my audience were big people. They were the ones who hung around after the shows and bought the CDs and the T-shirts.
"I started to wonder if I'd been some sort of role model for them. Maybe they liked me because I was big but didn't make a big deal of it.
"I started to worry that I'd let them down by losing the weight. Sold out. But then I realised I was just being silly, I had to lose the weight for me.
"I've got two little girls now aged seven and four, so if I wanted to be any use for them in the years ahead I had to sort my life out and get fit."
The refreshingly honest comic, who will publish his first humorous science fiction book, entitled Terra, in July, says the tour is not just an endless rundown of dieting techniques.
"No, that would be really boring," he says. "Losing weight is really boring. It would be – Day One. Didn't eat anything. Day Two – Didn't Eat Anything.
"The show is more about how people's reactions have changed to me as I've stopped being fat. And how I've see the world now. It's been quite an eye-openers."
For fans of the funnyman's finely-honed comedic songs, there will also be a treat in store on Saturday.
"The first half of the show is Reduced Circumstances and then I'll have a bit of a break, a lowfat yogurt, and then come back out to do some old songs and some fan favourites. I'm looking forward to it. I've got a new lease of life and renewed bounce in my step," he says.