legend amongst comedians
your first encounter with JOHNNIE CASSON you soon realise he not only
tells funny stories, based on his situations in life, he is a genuine
funny man with a natural asset, "like-ability". Johnnie has
appeared on five ITV Des O'Connor Shows, two shows for ITV from the
London Palladium, with Bruce Forsyth, many guest spots on Game Shows,
Chat shows and appearances on many entertainment shows for all major
television channels, including his own half hour show on Sky One.
Casson hails from Halifax, West Yorkshire, now living in Brighouse for
tax reasons, as he will tell you. He commenced his showbiz career as
drummer with "The Cresters", one of the country's favourite
comedy show groups. It wasn't long before Johnnie took over the lead
comic role, a role to which he was perfectly suited and one to which
he was committed for the 21 years with the band. As well as touring
with The Beatles, the band topped the bill in the then thriving cabaret
clubs and found success on many television shows such as "Cliff
Richard & Friends".
on holiday, his family persuaded him to enter a national talent contest.
To his amazement, he not only won the heats, but also won the outright
prize at The London Palladium. This encouraged him to leave the band
and set off on the path as a solo performer. Television soon followed,
an appearance on "Bobs Says Opportunity Knocks" prompted Bob
Monkhouse to say, "Johnnie is one of the top four comedians in
the country". A chance to take part in Granada TV's remake of the
historic "Comedians" show found Johnnie being featured on
all 6 shows and was critically acclaimed as the find of the series.
MONKHOUSE "Johnnie Casson is one of the top four comedians in the
SHIRLEY MacLAINE "I love this man - he is so funny"
DES O'CONNOR "one of the funniest comedians ever to appear on the
BERNARD MANNING "Johnnie Casson is the second best comedian in
JIM BOWEN "Johnnie is the head of the comedy class"
SIR JOHN MILLS "I haven't laughed so much since i saw max miller
FRANK CARSON "Johnnie Casson, I hate him - he's funnier than me,
BRUCE FORSYTH "Johnnie Casson is so funny he could become an enemy"
GENE PITNEY "Johnnie is the only comedian who can make the band
laugh - night after night"
BOBBY BALL "Johnnie is one of my all time comedy heroes"
STAN BOARDMAN "Casson is too funny for his own good"
ROY WALKER "Johnnie Casson has to be my favourite comic"
GARRY BUSHELL "Johnnie packs more laughs in 5 minutes than most
current TV comics can in 30"
The Daily Mirror "Johnnie Casson is a natural successor to Les
The Stage "a man who must be one of the finest comics on the scene
today, whose superb timing & quaint delivery is an object lesson
to younger comedy performers ".
"Summer Time Special"
"The New Comedians
"Comedians Christmas Cracker.
"Talking Telephone Numbers"
"Live From The Lillydrome "
"Des O'Connor Tonight " 5 appearances
"Talking Telephone Numbers"
"Sunday Night at the London Palladium" - Live
"Tonight at the London Palladium"
"Christmas Des O'Connor Show" (Dec 31)
"Des & Mel" 5 appearances
BBC TV "Rock With Laughter"
"Jim Davidson Presents"
"Money In The Bank"
"Gag-Tag" (at the request of Bob Monkhouse)
SKY ONE "Stand & Deliver" (Own 30 minute show)
SKY UK GOLD "After The Show
CHANNEL 5 "Jack Docherty Show"
"Big Stage" - 31st December
Bradford St Georges Concert Hall
York Opera House
Blackpool Grand Theatre
Blackpool Opera House
Black North Pier Theatre
Black pool Central Pier Theatre
Torquay Princess Theatre
Rochdale Gracie Fields Theatre
St Helens Theatre Royal
Swansea Grand Theatre
Billing ham Forum
Halifax Victoria Theatre
Southport Floral Hall
Newtown Theatre Hafren
Leeds City Varieties
Chesterfield Winding Wheel
Hanley Theatre Royal