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British Culture: My Hero Of Comedy – Colin Crompton – The Comedians

MANCHESTER COMEDIANS.

George Colin Crompton (22 June 1931 – 24 August 1985) was an English stand-up comedian.

Crompton was born in Manchester, Lancashire, and found fame on the Granada Television programme The Comedians in the early 1970s. In later life Crompton bought and ran a pub called the Birch and Bottle in Whitley, Cheshire. He died of lung cancer at the age of 54. He was survived by his three children, Cheryl, Erica and John.

British Culture: Comedian Ken Goodwin.

Laughter a way to feel better.

Ken Goodwin – Another Good Time

Ken Goodwin (7 April 1933 – 18 February 2012) was an English comedian, singer and musician best known for his performances on the ITV Televisions show The Comedians.

He was born William Kenneth Unwin in Manchester, Lancashire. His father was a stoker. While he was still a child, his mother walked out on the family – an experience he blamed for his insecurity and shyness. His father died from cancer when Unwin was 15.

Ken married his first wife, Pat Earith in 1956 she fell ill in 1974 Ken abandoned his career to care for her until her death in 1977 they were married for 21 years. His second marriage was to singer and dancer Vicki Lane until his death in 2012.

He died on 18 February 2012 of Alzheimer’s disease in a home in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales having lived in nearby Llandudno since his retirement

British Culture:Fry And Laurie Reunited

Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months in prison for credit card fraud, Fry secured a place at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he studied English literature. While at university, he became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and also took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.Fry married comedian Elliott Spencer in January 2015. Fry is on cordial terms with Prince Charles, through his work with the Prince’s Trust. He attended the Prince’s wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. Fry is a friend of comedian and actor (and Blackadder co-star) Rowan Atkinson and was best man at Atkinson’s wedding to Sunetra Sastry at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. Fry was a friend of British actor John Mills. His best friend is Hugh Laurie, whom he met while both were at Cambridge and with whom he has collaborated many times over the years. He was best man at Laurie’s wedding and is godfather to all three of his children

James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE ; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster in the 1980s and 1990s.

From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the title character of House, for which he received two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Laurie was listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television and was one of the highest-paid actors in a television drama, earning £250,000 ($409,000) per episode in House. Laurie has portrayed Senator Tom James in the HBO political satire Veep since 2015. In 2016 Laurie appeared in the BBC / AMC miniseries The Night Manager, and received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, his third overall.Laurie married theater administrator Jo Green on 16 June 1989, in Camden, London. They lived in , North London,with sons Charles (b. 1988) and William (b. 1991), and daughter Rebecca (b. 1992). In July 2008, Laurie bought a mansion in Hollywood, as they had planned to move the whole family to Los Angeles, because of the strain of being mostly separated for nine months each year, but ultimately decided against it. When he bought the mansion, he claimed he was in “virtual isolation” from his family.

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British Culture Comedy: Cannon and Ball.

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.[1] 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 .