A plug for Julian.

[L-R: Julian Clary, Nick Steel, Ian Shaw, Jem Roberts. Photo by Adrian Feeney]

Here’s a bit of fun that brought a few memories flooding back.

Swindon nurtured comedian Julian Clary was in Bath this week as part of the annual Bath Comedy Festival.

I remember , at the start of the his career, how my late boss reacted when he heard this camp fellow and his dog Fanny had been booked for a live tv show!!

Needless to say a star was born!

Now l hear Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel has bestowed this year’s Bath Plug Award (for outstanding services to comedy) on Julian Clary, at the end of a hilarious one-off performance at Bath Forum which heralded the end of this year’s hugely successful Bath Comedy Festival.

Co-creator of the Bath Plug Award, Comedy Historian and Author Jem Roberts said:

“From the first glittering sight of The Joan Collins Fan Club with Fanny the Wonder Dog on Saturday Live, to his place today as the nation’s most beloved dispenser of suggestive barbs, no comedian could more deserve the Bath Plug Award for comedy majesty than Julian Clary.”

Nick Steel went on to announce a brand new award – the Order of the Bath Plug – and presented the inaugural O.B.P. medal to Clary’s co-performer, renowned jazz pianist and singer Ian Shaw.

“Alongside the Bath Plug Award for services to comedy, I’m launching this new medal-like award, the O.B.P., for all-round brilliance and being a jolly good egg!”

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