Jason Cook has had Minstrels for breakfast and is eyeing up a “Marksies” picnic lunch on the passenger seat.
“Welcome to the tour,” he laughs through the cackle of a handsfree phone speaker. “I’m living the dream.”
And the comic, who wrote and starred in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn and is following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in the summer with a string of UK dates with his new show, Broken, isn’t being slightly sarcastic.
“Doing Edinburgh after a couple of years away - being able to wake up and know I was doing stand up every day - was like Christmas morning every morning,” he says.
“It was my 10th year at Edinburgh, so I’ve got my favourite chip shop and know to get a flat close to the venue so I can walk to work. I’m very comfortable up there.”
This year, as well as lots of sell out houses and new fans who had found him via two series of Hebburn, Jason also got to see his three-year-old daughter explore Edinburgh’s summer offering properly for the first time.
“She’d been up before but it was when she was a baby, so there was nothing for her to do,” he says. “But this time, she saw lots of great stuff - plus she did my soundcheck for me every day.
“It was funny to see sound engineers stop what they were doing to join in with the traffic light song,” he laughs.
Sadly Jason doesn’t have his little helper with him for the tour, which kicked off in Durham on Friday (October 3) and comes to The Stand Newcastle on Tuesday (October 14), which serves as a home gig these days.
Jason moved back to Tyneside earlier this year and is loving it.
“I’d forgotten how friendly everyone was, and I’d forgotten how frequently you can find a Greggs. Manchester was not good for Greggs’.”
When it comes to the show itself, the popular comedian is promising a two-hour “romp” of an experience for the audience.
“I’ve done shows which have made people cry before, but this one is a proper romp,” he says. “It’s about how most things in life can break you - even the positive ones like having kids, falling in love, doing stand up comedy. They can all be really hard and call all leave you broken.
“It’s a really positive show though,” he assures realising that description might have given the wrong impression. “It’s basically about a man finding out what his life is about. And it’s really funny, I promise.”
* Jason Cook: Broken will be at The Stand Newcastle on October 14. For tickets, visit www.thestand.co.uk/whats-on/Newcastle or call 0844 693 3336.