“Be honest, how many of you thought I was dead?” (Bernie Clifton)
One of the most original comedians around, Bernie’s engaging style and zany, visual humour have made him a star of pantomime, summer season, concert, cabaret, radio and television – as popular now as he was forty years ago
Following an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe the Guardian wrote…
“Clifton is a certifiable genius…This warm uncynical lunatic in the funny suit is the spiritual father of Vic Reeves, Harry Hill and Johnny Vegas….He’s not just a nutter with a flightless-bird fixation. Au contraire: Clifton is God”.
Born on Merseyside, Bernie’s long time obsession with visual comedy stems from conversations with his mentor Les Dawson
Heeding Dawson’s wise advice, Bernie found continued success both in Cabaret, Theatre and Television to the ultimate high point, being chosen for the Royal Variety Show where the Queen was reported to be crying with laughter as he ran amok aboard his Ostrich. This led to many more TV appearances alongside a burgeoning career in all forms of light entertainment. His time aboard the QE2 took him around the world several times where his visual humour transcended all language barriers.