Comedy stalwarts Cannon and Ball are in Paphos for two shows this week. It’s a rare chance to see some comedy greats says ALIX NORMAN
Rock on Tommy! Yes, you guessed it, Cannon and Ball are coming to Cyprus! Everyone’s favourite comic duo will be rocking the island next week, all set to raise the roof and wreak merry havoc. The pair’s special blend of stand-up comedy, musical mayhem and sketches have delighted audiences for over 40 years, and now’s your chance to catch them live at one of two Paphos shows they will be performing in July.
A staple on British television during the 70s and 80s, Tommy and Bobby met in the early 1960s while working as welders in Oldham. Starting out as singers working the pubs and clubs of Lancashire, the duo quickly switched to comedy after being told comics earned an extra £3 a night, and the legend of Cannon and Ball was born. Their dry northern wit and carefully thought-out routines were a hit with audiences, and it wasn’t long before television came knocking on the door; their first appearance in 1974 in the show The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club was being quickly followed by the offer of their own series. The Cannon and Ball Show premiered on ITV on July 28, 1979, and such was its appeal that it ran for almost 10 years, with a host of Christmas and Easter Specials delighting viewers all over the British Isles.
But no success story would be complete without the inevitable bust up, and at the height of their popularity, the duo were barely on speaking terms, avoiding each other completely when not on stage or rehearsing. Luckily for audiences everywhere, the tensions were ultimately resolved and now, with Bobby aged 69 and Tommy having just turned 75, it seems the duo are working harder than ever.
It’s been a whirlwind career, and it’s certainly not over yet for these hard-working comedians: their appeal to young and old alike ensures the pair are gaining new audiences all the time, bringing their brand of humour to a whole new generation as their travels take them not only the length and breadth of the UK, but also to the sunny shores of Cyprus!
Brought to the island by Paphos-based business networking group iConnect-Cyprus and In Any Event, Cannon and Ball will be doing two shows in the first week of the new month. Organisers Gary Evans and Anita Hopkins met up with one half of the act in February: “Bobby said he would like to come out and do a show here,” says Gary. “Cannon and Ball are still one of the most popular comedy pairs going and we are looking forward to bringing them to Cyprus.”
Anita agrees: “‘We are delighted to be able to bring a quality act like Cannon and Ball to Paphos and hope that people will support the event and take the opportunity to see one of the UK’s best ever comic duos. They are hugely popular and we can guarantee two superb evenings.” The first show – Evening with Cannon and Ball – on July 5 at Elea Golf Club is a limited ticket event, which includes buffet, wine and beer, and the chance to meet Tommy and Bobby in person, while the following evening sees the duo perform at Kamares Club. With a variety of support acts at both performances, there’s something for everyone, so why not rally the troops and bring the whole family along for a night of raucous – but always pc – entertainment.
Cyprus often plays host to flash-in-the-pan British acts, but it’s not often we have stars of such long standing and universal appeal in our midst. If you’ve already booked your seat, I’ll bet you’re “dead excited”. If you haven’t, well, “Yer mental”! Don’t miss out on the chance to catch the best laugh you’ll have all summer – or possibly all year – with Cannon and Ball.
CANNON AND BALL
July 5, 7.30pm Evening with Cannon and Ball at Elea Golf Club, including buffet, wine and beer. Supported by Bob Clarkson and Davey Woodford. Tickets cost €65. July 6, 7.30pm at Kamares Club. Supported by Bob Clarkson, Michael Antoniou and Melissa. Tickets cost €25. Full details and booking information can be found on the website, www.in-any-event.biz or by calling 99 387 311