In March 1990 Paul found himself in an A level English class minus the long essay which was both overdue and necessary to not only complete the course but to be allowed to finish school at all.
‘Adams!’ Barked Ms Butcher, yep, real name. ‘Where is your essay?’
‘I haven’t done it.’ He replied, perhaps with a little too much glee.
‘I am leaving school, I am going to be a Bluecoat!’
Four days later he was onstage performing his first ever comedy show in front of an
audience made up of complete strangers. It’s twenty six years later now and Paul has
enjoyed a successful career covering all genres of stand-up comedy. Comfortable in
theatres, clubs, studios and on cruise ships. Happy to open, headline or MC, Paul is a
popular comedian with audiences, agents and bookers because of his easy going style, his
professionalism and his work ethic.
After three years as a Bluecoat Paul was offered a summer season on the island of Jersey. He reluctantly left Pontins and started six months of 12 shows a week. At the end of the season he called his old boss and was told he couldn’t come back ‘You’re a professional comic now…’
After calling the only agent he’d heard of, Wally Dent, he had a gig the following week. Six months of cabaret later he received a call that would change everything.
‘Paul, can you get down to Bristol tonight and open for Joe Longthorne?’
Off he went and the show went so well that Joe offered him a summer season followed by a sixty date UK tour. Without even noticing he had become the opening act of choice for the major stars from both sides of the Atlantic. For the next decade he supported the likes of Gene Pitney, the Stylistics, Michael Ball, the Everly Brothers, Temptations, Jose Feliciano, Bradley Walsh and Chas and Dave, all in the country’s most prestigious venues such as the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall – where has performed 8 times opening for Stevie Wonder, George Benson and most recently Smokey Robinson – in fact if you count his bugle playing for the Boy’s Brigade centenary celebrations it is actually nine times!
During this run Paul created and co wrote with his Dad the hugely successful Make ‘em Laugh comedy show featuring the legendary Frank Carson, Norman Collier, Duncan Norvelle and Jimmy Cricket. He was the obvious choice to host the night and enjoyed forty odd shows travelling around the UK. The hours spent learning from Frank Carson made Paul feel guilty about accepting a fee.
Not content with working most night he added early mornings to his schedule Bradley Walsh invited him to help write and co host the Capital Gold Breakfast show. He spent two happy years at the station eventually hosting his own All Request Breakfast on a Sunday.
A natural ability to seamlessly fill time and provide a relaxed atmosphere Paul found himself in the TV studios warming up audiences for the Generation Game, Blankety Blank and the National Lottery Live.
He was soon noticed by the bookers for the major cruise lines. The next ten years were a blur of travel, queues and international audiences. Headlining his own show for among others Royal Caribbean, NCL, Holland America, Princess and Seabourn. He’s proud to be the first UK comic asked to perform on the Oasis of the Seas, prouder still of his knack of being able to get laughs from audiences made up of multi nationalities.
Three consecutive seasons on the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Europe’s biggest Christmas show, bought Paul back to dry land.
Still busy in front of audiences Paul together with his partner Moya have opened a brand new entertainment company, Create Comedy they produce live comedy shows in theatres, clubs, even one in a Big Top. It also helps Paul quench his thirst to find and nurture the next generation of stand-up comedians giving him way more pleasure than any personal