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What did they do before doing stand up

 

 

 

 

 

Before they were funny.... Actually, some of our favourite comics were probably always funny but what did they do before they made the rest of us laugh?

Guess what comedian went to school with the one time most wanted man? Or how about which one was a brain surgeon? OK, I'll give you an easier one ---  which much loved comic was officially the shortest commissioned officer in the British Armed Forces while doing his national service with the RAF?  Congratulations if you correctly guessed Flying Officer Ronald Balfour Corbett, service number 2446942, known to all as Ronnie and later one half of the legendary Two Ronnies. However this wasn't Ronnie's first job, which had actually been to oversee animal feed rationing for the Ministry of Agriculture.  His future partner, Mr. Barker, meanwhile took his sister's job as a bank clerk with the Westminster bank when she left to become a nurse, sticking it out for 18 months before pursuing his dream of becoming a professional actor. You'd be amazed at some of the 'previous existences' enjoyed by people better known for making us laugh through the years.  While many of the young comics have gone into comedy seemingly straight from school or uni without having a real job first  -- much like many of our politicians these days --  others had to earn a crust however they could before the audiences cottoned on to them. For one generation, their early pay packets often contained the King's shilling as they were called up either for the war effort or for national service. Tommy Cooper, for example, had only a brief stint as a shipwright in Southampton before he was called up as trooper with the Royal Horse guards, serving for seven years. He was with Monty's Desert Rats in Egypt, entertaining the Troops as part of a naafi concert party, when he realised he'd forgotten his pith helmet prop and borrowed a passing waiters fez, which became his trademark. Kenneth Williams was an apprentice Draughtsman for a firm of map makers before the war, and went on to perform much the same work while in uniform.  After being called up as a sapper in 1944, he served the Indian survey section of the Royal Engineers and ended up in Singapore, where he transferred to the combined services Entertainment unit, where he met Stanley Baxter. Kenny's Carry On pal Sid James claimed to have been a diamond cutter, dance tutor and boxer in native South Africa but was, in fact, a hairdresser. He was another who honed his skills during the war, in Sid's case as a lieutenant in an entertainment unit of the South African Army. Eric Morecambe and Earnie Wise were already a double act before the war intervened, Earnie opted     to join the Merchant Navy while Eric was conscripted as a Bevin boy and worked as a coal miner. DC Thompson publishers of this paper, helped Bob Monkhouse take his first steps on the road to stardom as he wrote for the Beano and the Dandy.  He went on to pen stories for the Hotspur, Wizard and Adventure comics  -- as well as "erotic novelettes"!   Les Dawson had a spell as a journalist on the Bury Times after working in the parcels department of the Manchester CO-OP.  He claimed to have begun entertaining as a pianist in a Parisian brothel, where he got laughs playing the wrong notes and complaining to the audience.  Like Billy Connolly, and Andy Parsons started their working life in shipyards.   Unlike apprentice welder Billy, however, the former Mock Of The Week regular worked as a legal clerk in Greenock and admitted: I was sitting in a deserted dockyard photocopying documents. "My autobiography would be called How To Get Out Of Doing A very Dull Job." Allan Carr honed his "Chatty man" Image schtick in the best possible place, a credit card call centre. The camp comic was perhaps unlikely to follow in the footsteps of his football manager father Graham former boss of Northampton town. Geordie lass Sarah Milligan could have earned a crust telling everyone else on this list what to do -- she only took to stand up six years ago after ditching both her husband and her hated job as a careers adviser. Being educated in the same Beirut school as Ossama Bin Laden, Dom Jolly learned the art of diplomacy which he displayed during a stint in the Prague embassy for the European Commission. Royal family slob Ricky Tomlinson was a time served plasterer who became a trade unionist. His political included, included acting as a flying picket in a builder's dispute, led to a two year prison sentence. From Bedpans to deadpan, Jo Brand worked for ten years as a psychiatric nurse, great preparation for her award winning role in blackly-comic Getting On. Prior to serving up barbed witticisms, Jack Dee served the cream of society as a waiter at the Ritz. Before hanging up his apron, he might have crossed paths Dawn French who worked as a chambermaid to pay her way through college, while her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders  spent a year in Italy as a au pair. When the presenters of BBC2's Stargazing Live were announced, it left some viewers scratching their heads. It wasn't Professor Brian Cox causing the confusion but the choice of Mock the Week host Dara O'Brian as co-presenter. Those thinking the big Irish comedian wouldn't know his pulsar from his nebular were mistaken, though, as Dara did indeed know what he was talking about, having studied theoretical physics at university. Harry Hill is actually a fully-qualified doctor who specialised in neurosurgery. Before swapping his white coat for wide collar and specs, he worked as a house officer at Doncaster Royal Infirmary under his real name Mathew Hall.