This week, we spoke to one of my ‘chuffin’ comedy heroes, Billy Pearce. Billy has won just about every comedy award going and is a ‘National Treasure’.
Born and bred in Leeds, West Yorkshire, he first got snapped up for Stage and TV after appearing on ‘New Faces’. He won his heat and qualified for the final.
During the 80s and 90s, Billy appeared on shows like Tonight at the London Palladium, Through the Keyhole, Blankety Blank, Talking Telephone Numbers, and You Bet. He also compered for comedy double act Cannon and Ball.
In 1994 he won the British Comedy Award for “Top Theatre Variety Performer”, beating popular personalities of the time, such as the late Sir Ken Dodd and Michael Barrymore.
Our Interview with Billy Pearce
He is still touring the country with his live, sell-out shows and will only retire when the phone stops ringing. He has been performing in Christmas Panto at the same theatre, Bradford Alhambra, for 20 years where it consistently takes a whopping £1.3M.
Billy has also smashed Box Office records at a number of National Theatres including his Summer season at the Blackpool Grand Theatre.
As well as comedy, Billy has appeared in ITV’s Heartbeat, as well as in a number of musicals such as Boogie Nights and the Rocky Horror Show.