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Jarlath Regan born 1980
I've just watched Irishman Jarlath Regan on the London Palladium 27 04 2016. Although he was only on for around 5 minutes, and talked about his wife and marriage most of the time, he came over pretty good.
Victoria Wood was the very definition of a 'National Treasure'. But the comedian, who died last week aged just 62, would give anyone who called her that short thrift indeed. "Everyone's a national treasure," she once said. "You can't move for them. But should only ever be one at a time. "For years, it was Thora Hird. After she died, it was going to be Judi Dench but then Joanna Lumley saved the Gurkhas, so she got the gig. Mentioning Dame Judi brings up another point. And it's one many have made since it was announced the singer, actress and director had died after a short against cancer just after fellow comedy legend Ronnie Barker was buried. Both were appointed CBE -- but shouldn't they have been upgraded long ago? "I don't want to be," said Victoria. "It would depend on what my children wanted, really. "If the kids said: "Oh, mum, that's so embarrassing!" then I'd turn it down. "On the other hand, if they really wanted me to have it, ten I'd say yes." It's that very British approach that made Victoria so beloved that she topped a poll of people you'd most like to live next door to, beating the Queen Mother into second place. Her comedy usually had its basis in everyday life and seemingly unimportant people, such as the stars of her award winning sitcom Dinnerladies. Victoria certainly had an amazing ability to connect with a group, spending years doing sell-out stand-up in which her audience felt part of her life. The five times BAFTA winner from greater Manchester said: "I think you are born funny, but having a funny parent helps the way you develop. "My father could be funny. My mother had no sense of humour as she was always claiming, as it was something to be proud about. I think that's quite northern. While studying drama at Birmingham University, Victoria won ITV's New Faces talent show in 1973, and became a regular novelty act on That's Life!. "I'd had quite a good start," she said. "But then it all tailed off because I didn't know how to move it on. "I did everything you could do wrong, really. I thought: "I've had my chance and I've blown it." "So I was lucky that it worked out. "If I had not met Geoffrey, I'm not sure that it would have." Geoffrey was Geoffrey Durham, the magician known as the Great Soprendo, and Victoria credited him with giving her the confidence to keep going. They had two children, Grace and Hendry now both grown up, although the marriage ended in 2002. By then Victoria had enjoyed huge success with her sketch show Wood And Walters, co-staring her friend Julie Walters. Duncan Preston was another regular and he and Walters also appeared Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, along with Celia Irmie -- in which they all appeared in the brilliant Crossroads spoof Acorn Antiques -- as well as hugely funny sitcom Dinnerladies. We're all the poorer for her passing -- but heavens canteen will be a funnier place from now on.
As he gets set to return to stand-up for the first time in six years, the normally cool, calm and collected Ricky Gervais admits he's buzzing with anticipation ahead of taking to the stage again. "I like that adrenaline rush of not knowing whether it is going to go well or not knowing what you're going to say," says the 54 year old, who on his web site states he'll be performing in London in May but hasn't yet released any details. He admits that any potential routine has to pass the girlfriend test, namely author Jane Fallon, 55, his partner since 1982. "I think of a routine then I come back and tell her it and she says, "Please don't do that in public". Then I know it must be OK!"
Simon Gregson. Coronation Street's Steve McDonald
Corrie star Simon Gregson has been urged to swap the cobbles for a career as a comedian. The actor left co-stars and punters in stitches after surprising them with an impromptu gig during a night out. Simon who plays pub landlord Steve McDonald, brought the house done with his one liners. The actor,41, went to a charity event in aid of male suicide prevention group (CALM) with telly pals including screen wife Kym Marsh, 39, and Brooke Vincent, 23, who plays Sofia Webster in the soap. They were stunned when he took the mike at Manchester's Comedy Store and delivered a hilarious set in front of 300-strong crowd. He even upstaged comic Ted Robbins and Pheonix Nights' Justin Moorhouse. Show director Matt Hilton said: "There was huge applause and the shock was brilliant. He'd make a great Stand-Up."
Chris Clarke Nick Name Cheekie Chappie
I've saw him in the club before. Born in Newarthill. The guy who books him is Gordon married to one of the Crawfords