Rubber-faced comic Phil Cool comes to BracknellBy Hugh Fort
October 28, 2011
Fans of old-s-Cool comedy can take a trip to see a rubber-faced funnyman who harbours ambitions to join forces with another rubber-faced funny man in Hollywood.
Veteran comic Phil Cool, who says his one remaining ambition is to play Jim Carrey’s dad in a Hollywood Blockbuster, brings a mix of top-class comedy, impressions, music and other stretchy-faced fun to South Hill Park in Bracknell next week.
The stand-up chameleon was one of the biggest comedians of the 1980s and has been touring relentlessly on the back of his hugely successful Cool It TV show.
Speaking from his home in Chorley, Lancashire, the 64-year-old says: “This is more of a mini-tour than some of the epics I’ve done in the past, but I always really look forward to all my shows.
“I’ve not been to South Hill Park, but I hear it’s spectacular.
“The show itself is something for everyone. We’ve got some good stories, some music and a lot of impressions.”
The impressions include (deep breath) Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, the last three American presidents, David Beckham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and, er, Bugs Bunny.
Check out YouTube for some of these gems – the Stallone is particularly good.
Phil is always looking for new angles for his work. He says: “I’ve always done impressions and I’ve been working on an impression of Vince Cable, who I call the Cable Guy. I’ve worked out that Vince Cable is actually one step away from The Grinch, so the impression moulds the two together.”
He said a lot of his material comes from life experience, such as his first job working in a cotton factory and the time he worked as grave digger.
He says: “I had a cousin who was an undertaker and I helped him out. I dug three graves and that was enough.
“I’m an electrician by trade. It’s just good to have done these things and met people and got some stories to tell along the way.”
Phil said a lot of the people who go along to the shows are fans of Cool It, which was a huge hit when it ran on the BBC in the late 80s, and spawned a range of best-selling videos. And, being a veteran of the comedy world, it’s no surprise that he’s now attracting a younger generation of comedy fans eager to lap up his face-scrunging.
He says: “The show was really successful and I still use some of the original stuff from it.
“I meet a lot of people who still listen to cassettes of Cool It in their cars – I wish they could buy them on CD now.”
But at least next week, you can see the man himself.
n The gig takes place on Thursday, November 3, and tickets cost £15.