Comedy History

Comedy History

Forget 'the next big thing', discover the biggest comedians from the 1970s and 1980s. What's changed since then, and which influences and styles have stuck? Do these A-listers of the past stand the test of time?

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Comedy History
  • Frank Carson

    Hugh Francis "Frank" Carson was an Irish comedian and actor, best known on television in series such as The Comedians and Tiswas. He was a regular on television for a number of years whilst also working as a stage entertainer and appearing before the Royal Family in shows. He is known for two cat...

  • Cannon and Ball

    An English comedy double act best known for their successful comedy variety show The Cannon and Ball Show, which lasted for nine years on ITV. Onstage, Cannon plays the suave, self-assured straight man while Ball - whose prominent eyes, woolly moustache and hairdo make him ideally suited as the b...

  • Ted Robbins

    Ted Robbins is an English actor, comedian, television presenter and radio broadcaster. He famously suffered a heart attack and collapsed on stage, clutching his chest, during his solo sketch at the opening night of the Phoenix Nights Live tour at the Manchester Arena.

    Part of our ‘Comedy Histo...

  • Jim Bowen

    Jim Bowen is an English stand-up comedian and TV personality. He is best known as the long-time host of the ITV game show Bullseye, which he hosted from its beginning in September 1981 until the end of its 14th series in July 1995.

    Part of our ‘Comedy History’ playlist which showcases the most...

  • Lennie Bennett

    Lennie Bennett was an English comedian who epitomised the breed of stand-up comics who progressed from northern clubland to popular TV game shows host. Via Granada's series The Comedians (1971-74), Bennett then starred in the Lennie and Jerry Show with Jerry Stevens. He was also the host of Punch...

  • Mick Miller

    British stand-up comedian Mick Miller, born in Liverpool in 1950, has had a long career on the live comedy circuit. From Pontins entertainer to winning his big break in 1970's talent show "New Faces, he quickly became a regular on the circuit and UK TV screens. Always instantly recognisable by hi...

  • Jimmy Jones

    On the circuit for over 55 years, outspoken Jimmy is still going to different venues throughout the year in the name of entertainment and simply to make people laugh. Referred to by fellow comics as "The Guvnor" he was the first stand up comedian to release a video of his live shows and in the ea...

  • Mike Reid

    Everyones favourite East End geezer Mike "Frank Butcher" Reid was an English comedian, actor, author and occasional television presenter from London. Reid's career as a stand up spans nearly 40 years from when he got his first stand up break on ITV's hit show The Comedians in the 1970s. He was al...

  • Stan Boardman

    Stan Boardman was a keen footballer in his youth; an apprentice at Liverpool and signed to Tranmere Rovers. He found his comedy calling after winning a Butlin's holiday camp talent contest in 1976, later appearing on TV's Opportunity Knocks, hosting children's quiz show Runaround and on the class...

  • Bernard Manning

    As controversial as he was popular, Manchester born stand-up Bernard Manning was a successful live act in his own and other clubs throughout his career. Originally making his name as a singer in amateur talent shows, he went into the army to do national service in Berlin in 1948-50. In 1959, Mann...

  • Ted Rogers

    Edward George "Ted" Rogers was the fast-talking English comedian and light entertainer who started comedy life as a Redcoat entertainer, and became best remembered as Yorkshire Television game show host of 3-2-1 with sidekick Dusty Bin. Part of our ‘Comedy History’ playlist which showcases the m...