Famous Comedian's to play Leeds

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Postby anthonydna » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 12:23 am

Picking up on the Bill Hicks thread, ok ripping it off ! How many of the greats played Leeds.

My Grandmother used to tell a story of how she was held up on Briggate while Laurel and Hardy came out of one of the theatres. She said Hardy was an ignorant pig ! It takes a lot to impress a Leeds lass!
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Postby Johnny39 » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 1:49 am

I was taken to see Laurel & Hardy at Leeds Empire sometime in the late 40's/early 50's. I don't remember anything of the act. I seem to recall Harry Secombe, Roy Castle and Harry Worth all on the same bill at the Empire doing a marching routine that had the audience rolling in the aisles.
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Postby The Parksider » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 9:12 am

My dad impressed me when he said he saw Chico Marx at the Empire. I think it was mainly a piano act, and I think his tours were to fund gambling, but legend all the same....

I've always generally had to travel to see comedians..........

Once saw Bernie Winters shopping in Leeds, but the thread is comedians so....
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Postby Leeds Hippo » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 9:41 am

The Parksider wrote:
My dad impressed me when he said he saw Chico Marx at the Empire. I think it was mainly a piano act, and I think his tours were to fund gambling, but legend all the same....

I've always generally had to travel to see comedians..........

Once saw Bernie Winters shopping in Leeds, but the thread is comedians so....



Never realised any of the Marx brothers were in Leeds - thanks for the info!

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Postby jim » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 9:48 am

I went to see Lonnie Donegan at the Empire and was very impressed by the compere's stand-up comedy routines - a very young Des O'Connor. A shame he started singing and wearing pullovers. However, I always enjoyed his routine reciting "The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God" with Jack Douglas supplying the hand/arm movements, it cracked me up every time I saw it.
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Postby Trojan » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 10:54 am

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Postby uncle mick » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 11:29 am

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Postby anthonydna » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 11:51 am

I cant find any reference to Tommy Cooper playing Leeds, but I'm sure someone will put me right !

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Postby Si » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 12:41 pm

I didn't see them perform, but I remember queuing outside WHSmith to get a signed copy of a Morecambe and Wise book in the early 70s. They were both very pleasant.
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Postby buffaloskinner » Fri 01 Oct, 2010 12:53 pm

anthonydna wrote:
I cant find any reference to Tommy Cooper playing Leeds, but I'm sure someone will put me right !



13/10/1958 The Empire for one, just do a search for act or actors name

http://www.leodis.net/playbills/enlarge.asp?ri=2003916_40046328
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