Nicholas Parsons

A Laugh A Minute

Stand up comedy from “Just a Minute’s” Nicholas Parsons

Revamped and revised from his previous show ‘A Life in Comedy’, in this anecdotal entertainment, comedian Nicholas Parsons from Just A Minute  shares his experiences of the unpredictable and fascinating aspects of life and work in the various branches of show business.

His ability as a solo performer and raconteur are a constant joy and the humorous revelations keep his audience continually enthralled, He is more irrepressible, more outrageous, more surprising and more hilarious than you have ever seen him before!

Nicholas Parsons – Sale of the Century, Just a Minute and the Edinburgh Festival

Nicholas Parsons started his career as an engineer to please his family. He always wanted to act but instead found himself beginning an apprenticeship for a firm making pumps and turbines. He first pay packet for a 48 hour week was 49p.

His natural talent emerged as he started doing impersonations, joined an amateur concert party and survived Clydebank by endearing himself to his workmates taking off his various foremen. He also went to Glasgow University where he excelled at rugger and even played in an East v West Scottish trial game.

Whilst he was an engineering apprentice he had his first professional engagement as a Carroll Levis discovery on his radio shows. He was discovered for his impersonations.

Serving his acting apprenticeship in Bromley in Kent Nicholas Parsons spent two years playing a different part in a different play each week, proving that comedy and character roles were his particular strength. After failing to get work in the West End, he moved on to the London cabaret circuit in the 1950s, starring at Quaglino’s, The Allegro, The Colony, the famous Cafe de Paris and many other venues.

Now well known for Sale of the Century and Just A Minute his brilliant humour is still making audiences laugh.

Edinburgh Festival

In 1952 he became resident comedian at the famous Windmill Theatre for six months followed by a lot of radio variety. Years later he is still doing a lot of solo work, after dinners, one man shows, and more recently his show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now in its eighth year.