The Queens Hall
"Well my name is Roy and I was born Feb 3rd 1945.
My life on and around the council estate was like most of the people, there was honour amongst thieves and my mother left home when I was 9 to live with some guy who came to fix the washer ..!
I thought my life would be a life of crime, detention centres, borstal and then prison, I openly admit I didn't grow up till I was 25. Whilst in prison, I read a book by Bob Hope called 'I owe Russia $1200' and it changed my life. I was already into music so I taught myself ukelele banjo, piano and drums. I bought a set of drums for £15, joined up with my cousins Dek and Lee and a singer Tony Morris, called ourselves Pipeline then The Four Man Band amongst others. The band wanted to play jazz/funk but I wanted to do comedy so started a comedy duo in the 70's called Alcock and Brown, started doing support slots for top names on the clubland circuit and auditioned for New Faces and Opportunity Knocks.
I started on my own doing a slot at Jollies Stoke on Trent in 1976, where I first met Bernard Manning, he told me "You're a good blue comic, keep it up son". It wasn't long after this I met Les Dawson and he said "If you stop this effin and Jeffin you'll get a TV show". I've never really done TV to this day apart from a couple of interviews and the cameo on The League of Gentlemen as I've never had stars in my eyes, I just liked working and making people laugh and the bonus is that I get paid for it!
After 12 casettes, 2 EP's, 2 LP's and 27 videos you know hard I work, I've been around the world twice with my humour and love performing to such a wide variety of people. I've met and worked with so many people and have to say that my favourite is still Ken Dodd and I love the new breed of comedians.
Without my fans I'd be nothing, like Andy Murray without his racket and Lewis Hamilton without a car, you pay my wages, laugh at my gags and ditties and without whom I'd be sat at home bored shi*less! You've fulfilled my hopes and dreams and I love you all.
(Don't forget, I'm an old school comic and believe there shouldn't be any boundaries in comedy, so if you are easily offended, please stay away.
But on the other hand, if you want a really good laugh then buy a ticket!)
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