TV star Joe Thomas has said he ‘‘absolutely” wants to perform in Colchester after a successful evening in a nearby Essex town.

Joe, who played Simon Cooper in The Inbetweeners and Martin Lavender in White Gold, appeared at Halstead’s Empire Theatre last Friday.

He is a regular on the stand-up circuit and opened up Halstead’s Comedy Club show.

Joining Joe during the evening were fellow comedians Angelos Epithemiou, Kevin Daniel and Ross McGrane.

Having been born in Essex, Joe said is “very fond”

of the county and said he “absolutely” wants to perform in Colchester.

He said: “I like Colchester, I’ve spent a lot of time there.

“I used to go there quite a lot when I was younger, it’s a great city.”

Joe’s career will continue to focus on live comedy.

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He is set to perform an hour-long comedy show, Joe Thomas Rule Breaker, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

Throughout the Halstead show, Joe performed comedy material he will use in his upcoming appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“It’s all about my life, being a dad, having a career – just relatable stuff,” he said.

“I like comedy to be recognisable and relatable, and hopefully that’s what I can do.”

Having starred on the screens throughout many peoples’ teenage years, Joe still has lots of people recognise him from TV.

“I still get people come up quoting lines, particularly from‘The Inbetweeners,” he said.

“I think it’s because of that collective experience of adolescence, it never really changes – every generation goes through an almost identical copy of it.

“There’s people older and younger than me who feel that The Inbetweeners is an accurate representation of their youth, and I think there’s something quite timeless about adolescence that the show taps into.”