With my comical heroes of Sid Field, Frank Randel, Laurel and Hardy, Les Dawson, Larry Grayson, Morecambe and Wise, Peter Sellers, The Goons , Frank Spencer, Frankie Howerd and of course Sir Ken Dodd as influences, I have tried to bring a love of comic character into my act... as well as my dress sense!
After writing comedy for Ken Dodd since 1987 I thought it was about time to stand up and be counted (one!)
It’s not what you say it’s how you say it. Getting the audience to trust you so that they know you won’t offend or embarrass them. Just be a little cheeky round the edges.
But... how to describe my act? Well, a kind of Dickensian whimsicality, with voices attached.
From 1987 I wrote comedy for Ken Dodd and became a member of the 'Comedy Writers of Great Britain' for a number of years.
I have proudly written material for:
The Ken Dodd Green Radio Show
Noel Edmonds Late Late Breakfast Show
An Audience with Ken Dodd (one and two)
Ken Dodd's live theatre shows.
I wrote and directed my own show 'The House of Whimsy', a stand up / music and sketch show in the old style for a family audience which toured in 2008.
I've also written and directed 'Snow White', an open air summer Pantomime for Morecambe’s Happy Mount park in 2006 (and I gave myself a good acting part I can tell you! One of the perks of the job).
STAND UP COMEDIAN SINCE 2000
Ken Dodd's Butler (2003)
Morecambe open air Pantomimes: Narrator/guide 'Babes in the wood' (2004) Captain Shiver-me-Timbers 'Dick Whittington' (2005) Balderdash 'Snow White' (2006) Narrator/ performer/ guide 'Jack and the Beanstalk' (2007)
Narrator/ performer/ guide 'Jack and the Beanstalk' The Morecambe Winter Gardens (2008)
House of Whimsy Tour April-June 2008 The House of Whimsy featured two other performers -the marvellous Kriss Foster and the beguiling Claire Riley, as well as a musical act. The show was written with them all in mind. Containing music, stand up and sketches.
Ulverston’s Dickensian Festival Nov 28 & 29th 2009
Radio Cumbria’s 'Nostalgic Radio Show' Live from the Winter Gardens Morecambe 31st may 2010.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Star Idol at the Horseshoe Bar 12th August 2011
OXJAM COMEDY NIGHT Monday 15th August,2011 Bar Eleven
Paul Hayes and Golly's Birthday Bash 3rd August 2012 The Globe Overton
'Uninterrupted Jollification' A one man show The Edinburgh Fringe 2014 2nd to the 24th of August at the Banshee Labyrinth
Since the beginning of 2013 until the very end of 2016 I had the joy of playing many different characters in that well known (and that well run) theatrical company After Dark Murder Mystery Attic Door Productions