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Frank and friends on the bill for fun

PUBLISHED: 13:15 06 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

PREPARE yourself for a night of side splitting laughter as some of Britain's favourite comedians get ready to come to town - but be warned, their arrival has been delayed.

PREPARE yourself for a night of side splitting laughter as some of Britain's favourite comedians get ready to come to town – but be warned, their arrival has been delayed.

Frank Carson, Duncan Norvelle, Norman Collier and Jimmy Cricket will all appear on the same bill at Ipswich Regent and had been due to get the town rolling about in fits of giggles on Tuesday .

However, their appearance in town has now been postponed until October 24 but their show, Make 'Em Laugh, promises to be well worth the wait.

The show is based on an idea by Paul Adams, who also comperes the night, and Charlie Adams, a top television scriptwriter.

It guarantees to offer classic entertainment courtesy of a line-up of some top household names of comedy who will create an evening of hilarious stand up and hysterical sketches.

Frank Carson became a British comedy institution after being launched on the road to success through The Comedians in the early 1970s following three consecutive triumphs on Opportunity Knocks.

His catchphrases, "It's the way I tell em" and "It's a cracker" are familiar with all who have been tickled pink by his gags.

Duncan Norvelle will be joining Frank to invite the people of Ipswich to "chase me". For a long time he was rarely off the television appearing on shows such as Des O'Connor Tonight, Wogan, Bullseye and Celebrity Squares.

With the swing towards alternative comedy away from mainstream stand up during the 1980s, however, Duncan concentrated his efforts on live appearances on theatre, club and cabaret stages around the country. This is where he remains today and where he will find his place when Make 'Em Laugh comes to Ipswich.

And there's more. Jimmy Cricket also takes to the stage during the evening of comedy.

The star from Northern Ireland, famous for his hat and boots bearing the letters R and L, started off as a door to door salesman but in 1972 he became a Pontin's Blue Coat and took the first steps along the path to comedy fame.

Since then he has enjoyed his own television and radio shows and more recently has written a musical, Give Me One Good Season, about the struggles of a lower division football club.

Norman Collier will be adding to the fun who is in constant demand for his cabaret act and after dinner speeches as well as for work on television and radio commercials.

He started off in working men's clubs and pubs but has gone on to perform all over the world, from Bognor to Australia's Gold Coast.

Completing the line-up is compere Paul Adams who until recently he ran his own comedy club in London attracting some of the biggest names on the comedy circuit.

Today he is one of the country's busiest comedians working extensively in the UK and supporting many major US including Stevie Wonder and George Benson when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tickets for the show on October 24 are on sale now priced £15, £13 or £11 and are available at Central Box Office, Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100 or on-line at www.ipswich-ents.co.uk

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