Our guest at April’s In The Limelight on Thursday 11th April will be comedian and author Paul Harris, who will be presenting Potty Poems And Merry Monologues – memories and poems from stars of variety and music hall including Billy Bennett, Al Read and Cyril Fletcher.
In the Limelight will take place at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9HP at 7.45pm All welcome. Voluntary donations towards the cost of meetings are greatly appreciated.
Paul Harris has been in the entertainment business since he was a teenager, starting out as an actor in repertory and later moving on to the light entertainment scene, where he played most of the major venues in Britain as a compere/comedian in summer shows, variety, music hall and cabaret.
His first six summer seasons were as a young comedian in Old Time Music Hall at Margate where he gained great experience in this specialized form of entertainment. Paul has since topped the bill in summer seasons in most of the resorts in the country, including, Blackpool, Great Yarmouth, Newquay, Ilfracombe, Torquay, Rhyl, Bournemouth and Eastbourne.
In pantomime Paul has appeared in over forty productions and has become well known as one of Britain’s premier pantomime dames. He has played ‘mother’ to many top performers including, David Jason, Frank Carson, Cannon & Ball, Larry Grayson, Clive Dunn and a whole host of television presenters and soap stars.
His writing career started in the 1980’s when he was commissioned to write sketches for the ‘Two Ronnies’ television series. Since then he has written for theatre, radio, television and various magazines. In 1996 his book about Pantomime was published and has continued to sell to this day becoming known as ‘The Bible’ for pantomime producers and actors. Paul has also written a play about the life of comedian Frankie Howerd titled ‘Frankie Titters On’ .
On television he has appeared in shows as diverse as Crimewatch UK and Eastenders for the BBC, The Gloria Hunniford Show, for UTV, Home James and The Bill for Thames Television and most recently a programme for an American television company extolling the virtues of entertainment in London.
Paul has also worked on several films, Fifth Element, Mission Impossible, King Ralph, Fever Pitch and Wings of a Dove among them.
He has written and presented for BBC Radio Four, BBC World Service, LBC, and for thirteen years presented a weekly programme for BBC Radio Kent interviewing most of the major entertainers in the business including, Shirley Bassey, Buddy Greco, Stefanie Powers, Michael Winner, Vera Lynn, Henry Cooper, Petula Clark and many more.
For the past few years Paul has been hosting a series of ‘Evenings With…’ in theatres around the country with opera star Lesley Garrett, actor Derek Martin, television presenter Charlie Dimmock legendary football managers Tommy Docherty and Laurie McMenemy and cricket umpire and commentator Dickie Bird,