GLOBE'S theatre critic Peter Grant discovers Britain's Got Talent star Kojo Anim can't wait to play Wirral.

Kojo Anim – the stand out stand-up comedy star from Britain's Got Talent 2019 – is heading to New Brighton.

And he is 'buzzing' about his debut 26 date UK tour.

Kojo comes armed with great reviews from BGT judges David Walliams who calls him 'brilliantly funny' while Simon Cowell - a hard nut to crack - says: "I don't usually like comedians but I love this guy."

The 39-year-old father of one was Simon's 'golden buzzer' act on last year’s series and proved a big hit with viewers.

His first BGT performance, alone, has had almost 27 million views on YouTube.

Kojo, who was born in Ghana and raised in a foster home in Hackney until he was 16, says comedy comes naturally to him.

"I'd always been entertaining my family and friends.

"I was witty and quick with a response; in school, if I got in trouble, it was what I said not what I had done.

"I had an answer for everything."

And now at last he is proving he is no overnight success.

"I’ve been doing comedy 20 years, and now I'm the newcomer – thanks to BGT.

"I was doing talent shows at university and had the chance to go to comedy school, so borrowed £150 from my Aunty Sandra – I've more than paid her back now.

"After that I did a lot of university comedy gigs and built up a fan base."

BGT changed his life but he says it was nerve-wracking even for a self-assured performer.

"I was so nervous. The judges genuinely do not know what's coming next as you walk out; it’s a conveyor belt of talent.

"Simon had given two comedians on before me absolute hell that day.

"My plan was that I wanted Amanda Holden and David Walliams' approval.

"Alesha Dixon had seen me at gigs, so I hoped she'd be on side. I’d actually written Simon Cowell off, as I knew I only needed three of them to back me.

"It was the very first day of filming, and – to add to the madness – Simon had never pressed his golden buzzer on day one.

"So when it happened, everyone was so shocked; day one and a comedian!

"The reaction was so gratifying.

"It told me 'I can do this'. I had proven myself and removed the doubt about myself. After that, I knew I was good enough."

Now he is ready to make some new friends and fans on the road.

"Touring nationally is a dream come true and the hard work is happening.

"We are working on the material, there's definitely going to be a look at fatherhood – looking at what goes through a man's mind as a new dad, as well as asking some kind of serious questions, like 'Will I end up looking like my parents, will my child end up in the same situation as me?' 

"I'm looking forward to touring, going to places I’ve never been to – like Swindon, Malvern and New Brighton, and places in Wales I can’t even pronounce."

Kojo Amin - The Taxi Tour is at the Floral Pavilion on Wednesday , March 11. Tickets from the box office on 0151 666 0000.