A Lighthearted and Intimate chat with Bradford's Favourite Funny Man Billy Pearce
‘Billy is one of a rare breed of funny men, in the style of the late, great, Eric Morecambe, who commands the stage on entry and makes you laugh by just standing there.’
‘Billy Pearce is as much as a Bradford institution as curry houses and wool mills. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Pearce’s 21st consecutive pantomime at the Alhambra, and from the minute he bursts on to stage, it’s easy to see why he’s so well loved.’
‘Billy delights his audience with his time-honoured humour. It is clear he has a real passion for Bradford, its folk and the city’s history. His hard work and endearing character soon has the audience, both young and old, in the palm of his hand.’
Bradford Fringe Festival 2020 kicks off in style on 4th July with an evening with local legend Billy Pearce.
Billy started out his comedy career as a Redcoat at Butlins in the 1970s, he learned his stagecraft as a variety performer under the tutelage of Danny La Rue, Les Dawson and many more. His prominence skyrocketed after appearing on New Faces in 1986, making Billy a regular face on British television throughout the 80s and 90s including multiple Royal Variety Show performances and fronting his own show ‘You Gotta Be Joking’.
The 2000’s have seen Billy undeniably establish that he is the king of variety entertainment, regularly selling out theatres and holding the record for performing in Blackpool more than any other act. As star of the Alhambra pantomime for the last 21 years he consistently draws in crowds, breaking box office records year on year.
Billy will be in conversation with Lydia Pearce on Saturday 4th July at 6.00pm for an evening of conversation, anecdotes and laughter. Tickets will be available to purchase for the front row which will give ticket holders the opportunity to ask questions, interact and to share your own stories with this local legend.
All money from ticket sales will go to support our project Fringe At Home, delivering much needed entertainment to those isolating without access to the internet or social media. We will be using an established distribution network of key workers and food banks to deliver these entertainment packs to those most vulnerable in the form of DVDs and Booklets.
The show will also be streamed live and for FREE on Facebook and Youtube for those unable to purchase a ticket to the front row.