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Comedian : Johnnie Casson

Johnnie Casson

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 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". 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 "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.

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