Speaker Meeting – Brad Ashton

The Job of a Laughtime

Brad Ashton
Brad Ashton

Our members had to experience the disappointment of missing out on our January and February events at the Royal Clifton due to the impact of Covid.  However, our Speaker Secretary responded by arranging a talk on Zoom by Brad Ashton, a renowned comedy writer, entitled ‘The Job of a Laughtime’.

Brad, has spent decades writing for some of the most well-known comedians in the 20th and 21st centuries.  He wanted to be an entertainer himself, but wisely followed advice to write rather than deliver his jokes.  This resulted in writing sketches and whole series for comedians in the UK and in other countries including the USA. 

In his career, Brad has worked with a galaxy of comedy legends including Ken Dodd, Les Dawson, Tommy Cooper, Mike and Bernie Winters and Morecambe and Wise.  He has a formidable credit list of entertainers and shows in comedy theatres, radio and TV.  He was able to provide his audience with a unique insight into the personalities behind the public images including the highs and lows in their careers.

We learned that Les Dawson could speak five languages and had the genius to realise that by playing every fourth or fifth note incorrectly on the piano, he avoided paying performance copywrite on well- known tunes.  Also, there’s no such thing as ad-libbing by comedians! Everything is carefully crafted by script writers.

He informed us that he has written three books about comedy and was very thrilled to learn that John Cleese had a copy of one of his books.

Members enjoyed spending time together at the Zoom meeting while being entertained by Brad’s truly unique insight into the world of comedy. 

Brad offered for his talk to be recorded and shared for those who were unable to join us.  He didn’t like the idea that people would miss out on this. A link will be emailed to members in due course.

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