Erasing a few expletives from his stand up routine was all that was needed for Howard Read to transform a Perrier Award nominated show into some hearty, family fun.
“So I must have a child-friendly, or childish, sense of humour,” quipped the comedian, who will be bringing his latest work to Canary Wharf’s Spiegeltent on September 12.
“That was pretty much it - it was just removing the dark jokes,” added the 40-year-old.
“The show got nominated for the Perrier Award in 2003 and that show had three or four jokes I changed to make it family-friendly.
“It went from a show that could be nominated for an international adult comedy award to a show kids could watch - it’s taking things and twisting them into something daft.”
He will be joined inside the tent at Canada Square Park by fellow adult comedians Luke Toulson and Bec Hill, both of whom will be tweaking routines for audiences aged seven and above at Comedy Club 4 Kids .
The show will take on a traditional comedy club format, with an MC and 20-minute stints for the acts.
Howard said his switch from adult stand up to entertaining fresher, beaming faces wasn’t deliberate.
It all came down to an animation plastered on posters promoting his gig.
“People kept trying to bring their kids because their was a cartoon on the poster,” he said.
“So I thought why not stop swearing and try doing it for kids for good - and it’s turned out to be a success.”
Since then, he’s gone on to pen episodes of Horrible Histories, Little Howard’s Big Question and Grounded for CBBC.
He says a combination of his visual imagination and entertaining descriptions of personal experiences, as well as animation, which prove all-round crowd-pleasers.
Audiences on September 12 can expect a section where Howard grabs a frying pan to play a tune on kids’ heads and quirky songs with morals about rising against parents by cleaning their cars - all accompanied to the sound of a ukulele.
And he’s adamant the banter will appeal to all.
“There’s a big generation of people in their thirties and fourties who used to go to comedy clubs a lot but can’t now, because they have kids,” he said.
“One of the reasons it’s really good is you can bring the kids too, so it’s good for adults getting out and seeing comedy for the first time in a while.
“And they are as appreciative as the kids.
“What’s really nice is there is there is little in live entertainment where it is aimed at everyone.
“There are adult shows, and there are kids shows, and not a lot in between.
“This is kids turning the world on its head and misbehaving for an hour, so they don’t misbehave afterwards.”
September 12, from 11am.
Tickets £7 unreserved for cabaret style seating.
For aged seven plus.
Spiegeltent Canary Wharf will offer a packed schedule for adults, children and families, September 10-20.