The Comedians - 1970's

The Comedians is a show of the 1970s (later reprised in the mid 1980s and early 1990s) which was produced by of The show gave a stage to nightclub and comedians of the era, including,,,, Jimmy Bright,, Mike Burton, Dave Butler, Brian Carroll,, Jimmy Cricket,, Charlie Daze,, Steve Faye, Eddie Flanagan,,,, Jerry Harris, George King,,, Paul Melba,,, Tom Pepper, Bryn Phillips,, Mike McCabe,, Harry Scott, Sammy Thomas, Johnny Wager,, Charlie Williams, Lee Wilson and Lenny Windsor.

Also featured on the TV show, were Shep's Banjo Boys, a 7-piece band
comprising (for the first 5 series) Charlie Bentley (tenor banjo), Andy
Holdorf (trombone), John Drury (sousaphone), John Orchard (piano), John
Rollings (drums), Graham Shepherd (banjo) and Howard Shepherd (lead
In 1973 the line up was Howard "Shep" Shepherd (lead banjo), Graham
Shepherd and Mike Dexter (banjos), Tony Pritchard (trombone), Tony
"Tosh" Kennedy (sousaphone) and Ged Martin (drums)
The Comedians began as an experiment for Granada TV. Filmed before a live audience in,
comics each performed 20-minute sets, which were then edited together
into half-hour shows. Each edition featured up to ten stand-up comics. are numerous in Britain, especially in and have been a useful training ground for artists, especially comedians. Most of these clubs are affiliated to the CIU ( founded in 1862 by the Rev. Henry Solly. There are also political clubs, as well as Servicemen's Clubs affiliated to the

It was remarkably popular during the earlier series. An recording of the show reached the best-seller charts, several sell-out national tours followed, including a season at the, and the programme won the Award.

The comedy frequently took the form of anecdotes or jokes and often involved or stereotypes. Like other British comedy successes of the day, notably,,
this kind of entertainment was acceptable on British television during
this period but would not be so today. Viewing the series in retrospect
it stands as a major social document of the times.