Tommy Cannon (born Thomas Derbyshire, 27 June 1938) and Bobby Ball (born Robert Harper, 28 January 1944), known collectively as Cannon and Ball, are an English comedy double act best known for their comedy variety show The Cannon and Ball Show, which lasted for nine years on ITV. The duo met in the early 1960s while working as welders in Oldham, Lancashire. They started out as singers working the pubs and clubs of Greater Manchester and switched to comedy after being told comics earned an extra £3 a night.
My husband and I went in Bournemouth middle of the week show and there were only a few in the theater and the duo said “Oh! heck not many here tonight just sit in the front and we’ll start”. So we settled in the front and they gave us the best show ever, no short cuts the very best and I will always remember their kindness to the audience no matter how small they gave the full show.
Their workmates thought they were funny at work that they should try there luck in comedy and the rest is history.
Sunday Night ‘Live’ Sketches Cannon & Ball .