Billy Pearce - Funny Guy
Date Saturday 16 May 2015
Time 7:30pm - 10:30am
Location Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Lancaster Rd, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1HT
Billy, who was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, first came to National prominence when he appeared in Central TV’s top talent show 'New Faces', winning his heat and qualifying for the final. His impact was immediate and he was quickly snapped up for stage and TV appearances, culminating with his first series for BBC television, 'You Gotta Be Joking'.
In 1993, Billy was honoured to be chosen to host The Children's Royal Variety Performance screened by the BBC. His success in this prestigious show can be judged by the fact that he was invited to appear on the same show a year later, which he then followed with a laughter-filled appearance on the Royal Variety Performance. In total, Billy has performed in Five children’s Royal Variety shows and Three Royal Variety shows. During the mid 1980's and early 1990s, he appeared on TV shows such as Tonight at the London Palladium, Through the Keyhole, Blankety Blank, Talking Telephone Numbers, and You Bet.
When variety fell out of fashion in the 1990s, with the rise of alternative comedy, Billy found a niche in family-friendly panto while keeping the razor-sharp wit needed to entertain adult-only audiences. The combination paid off, as evidenced by his ticket sales.
There are few stages upon which Billy has not appeared. He's broken Box Office records at a number of National Theatres including his Summer season at the Blackpool Grand Theatre, and his Christmas panto appearance at the Bradford Alhambra, where the Theatre took a bank busting £1.3 Million.
Billy even trod the boards of Musical Theatre appearing alongside Jimmy Osmond in the smash hit musical 'Boogie Nights'. He followed this by having a stint as narrator in the 'Rocky Horror Show'.
A fine actor, Billy has also appeared on numerous shows, including ITV's 'Heartbeat' and the award winning BBC drama 'The Street'.
With over 4 Decades in the entertainment business, Billy Pearce has somehow managed to outlast most of his contemporaries, and continues to be one of the Nation’s best loved comedians.
Contact the organiser
Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatreinfo@prestonguildhall.co.uk01772 80 44 44