MARMITE, Katie Price and the rising price of cigarettes – love them or hate them, they are hard to ignore, much like comedian Jim Davidson, who is at Kelso’s Tait Hall next month.
A familar face on TV for years, he is seen as either an out-of-date act from the 1970s or a hilarious entertainer who remains in the public consciousness after decades in the industry.
Davidson’s big opportunity came on TV talent show New Faces in 1976. It opened up a series of stand-up shows and sitcom appearances as well as BBC TV Saturday evening favourites Big Break and The Generation Game.
Other highlights of his career have included work for the armed forces, which includes five visits to the Falkland Islands, and countless engagements throughout the world entertaining British service personnel.
In 1999 he travelled to Macedonia to entertain the forces and in the same year he founded and became leader of the British Forces Foundation charity which aims to promote the wellbeing and esprit de corps of service personnel.
He worked with John Malkovich on the 2006 film Colour Me Kubrickk.
Davidson, 58, had widespread media attention last year when he wrote and starred in his debut play Stand Up And Be Counted, a no-holds-barred comedy about a bigoted, washed-up, comic who ends up seeing the light. Davidson is in talks about transferring the play to the London stage at a future date.
He has just completed his first novel, Joined At The Hip, and he is on tour across the UK over the next two months.
Jim Davidson performs at the Tait Hall on Saturday, September 15. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £20. Phone 01750 725480 for more details.
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