ONE of the region's best-loved comics is lifting the lid on his 50-year career, in a new book.

Bobby Knoxall, who was born in Sunderland, launches his autobiography, Stand Up!, next week.

The 69-year-old has shared a stage with celebrities including film legend Charlton Heston, Frankie Howerd and Bob Monkhouse.

The book details the highs and lows of a man who made and lost a fortune - and still lives in the same Wearside council house.

He put pen to paper after becoming ill last year. "It just made me realise it was maybe time to finally get my life story done," he said.

It will be launched on October 9, with a video, DVD and CD, at the start of his latest fundraising tour - Chuckles for Charity. The first event, at Chilton Country Pub and Hotel, is in aid of the Grace House Appeal.