One of the Original Comedians
Johnnie Casson, has become a legend amongst comedians the length & breadth of Britain and has found a popularity envied by many bigger name performers. A unique style of delivery, some clever material and an exceptional warmth, this dynamic and genuinely funny Yorkshireman, with the mixed-up metaphors, illustrated within minutes of him commencing his original blend of comedy when smiles and titters soon turn to uncontrollable laughter.
Johnnie 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 countrys favourite comedy show groups. It wasnt 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
Whilst 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 TVs remake of the historic Comedians show found Johnnie being featured on all 6 shows and was critically acclaimed as the find of the series.
Johnnie's first appearance on ITV's "Des O'Connor Tonight" was so succesful it was followed by a further 4 appearances. This continued on the daytime TV Des & Mel, with Johnnie being booked on 4 occassions. Johnnie has appeared on five "Des OConnor Tonight" shows, four "Des & Mel" shows, two shows with Bruce Forsyth from the London Palladium. Johnnie has guested 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.
Bruce Forsyth so enjoyed John's act he asked for him to be a guest on his 70th birthday show which was broadcast live from the London Palladium. From this ITV asked Johnnie to appear in the series of "Sunday Night At the London Palladium"
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PETER KAY Johnnie Casson - my idol
BOB MONKHOUSE "Johnnie Casson is one of the top four comedians in the country"
SHIRLEY MacLAINE "I love this man - he is so funny
DES OCONNOR one of the funniest comedians ever to appear on the show
BERNARD MANNING "Johnnie Casson is the second best comedian in Britain"
JIM BOWEN "Johnnie is the head of the comedy class"
SIR JOHN MILLS I havent laughed so much since i saw max miller in 1935!
FRANK CARSON "Johnnie Casson, I hate him - he's funnier than me, and younger"
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
Paul O'Grady "he should have his own show"