Comedian Jimmy Carr surprised his friend, Wolverhampton Civic Hall worker Steve Evans, during a visit to the city by unveiling his name on a wall of fame.
Mr Evans, a former building surveyor whose attitude to living with cancer has captured the attention of national TV and radio producers, had his name added to the wall at the Civic Hall, which honours home-grown talent.
As well as a 32-year career in his day job with Wolverhampton City Council, Steve Evans spent more than a decade working at Wolverhampton’s Civic Halls. His job involved looked after the big-name stars who perform there, including Carr who returned to the Civic last night to perform his show, Gagging Order.
But before taking to the stage, the comedian made a surprise presentation to Mr Evans in front of his friends and family.
The 52-year-old, who retired from the council last year after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, was handed a sign with his name which will be added to the wall.
The wall was created as part of celebrations to mark the venue’s 70th anniversary and features other well-known names such as Noddy Holder and Lenny Henry. The 41-year-old comedian, who said he had known Mr Evans for five or six years, said: “Steve’s been taking care of me for years. He’s a very inspirational character.”
After hearing the news last night, Mr Evans, of Old Fallings Lane, Wednesfield, said: “I’m in mild shock. This is something that happens to very famous people in Wolverhampton.”
Mr Evans gained national attention in recent months after becoming an occasional contributor to Richard Bacon’s show on Radio Five Live, leading to him being interviewed on BBC One’s Breakfast show.