I'VE never been more excited about anything in my life! I've seen how events like this can market an area.
I saw what it did for Glasgow and Liverpool and it will put this region on the map too. It is crucial that we win this bid — everyone has got to get behind it.
I am immensely proud to come from Swansea. We are a lovely, friendly group of people but we are also cultured with a strong tradition of performance.
I grew up in Plasmarl and started performing when I was at school. We set up a little group and went round singing at OAP homes.
I wrote my first joke at 13 but I can't remember if it was funny.
That's the problem with Swansea — you can think you are a better performer than you are because Swansea people laugh a lot and audiences here are generous, supportive and very kind
They have got a wicked sense of humour. I think one of the best places to hear funny remarks is in a football or rugby crowd. People say hilarious things.
That's where some of the best humour comes from. I moan all the time about things like the one way system and the traffic but I won't tolerate other people slagging off Swansea! I love the city centre, all the busy little shopping streets, wherever people gather.
I also love the area around the Sail Bridge — that's probably my favourite place.
We lost a lot of our beautiful buildings in the war, but we are slowly rebuilding. Every time I drive back to Swansea down Fabian Way and see all the cranes in SA1, I feel excited that we are moving forward.
In the future I would like to see Swansea Bay have more attractions like an aquarium, and a theme park called Milk Wood that recreates the Dylan Thomas story.
Under Milk Wood is a soap opera of life in any place in Wales, and when I read it I can picture the characters because they are just like the people I grew up with.
I've lived away in London, Liverpool and Colwyn Bay, but I had to come home to Swansea. I missed the sound of the seagulls, the beaches, and Joe's Ice Cream — but more than anything, the people."