Comic Tom coming

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SCOUSE funnyman Tom O’Connor is set to tread the boards when he comes to town later this month.

The top-rated stand-up star, one of Britain’s best loved entertainers, will be starring at the Civic Theatre on February 17 in a special show organised by The Rotary Club of Doncaster.

He first made his name in the early 1970s after quitting a successful teaching career on his native Merseyside to start performing stand-up comedy in the pubs and clubs of Liverpool and beyond.

His break into the big time came when he landed a spot on The Comedians, the popular 1970s show which gave a string of performers the chance to take their act out of the working men’s clubs and into the mainstream nationwide arena.

During the decade and well into the 1980s, Tom was one of the most popular faces on British television and in 1977 was the focus of an edition of This Is Your Life.

In later years, he moved away from the comedy arena and became a popular quiz show host, fronting popular hit shows such as Crosswits, The Zodiac Game, Name That Tune, I’ve Got A Secret and Gambit. He also fronted The Tom O’Connor Roadshow, touring the country to bring his act to a lunchtime televison audience.

Family comedian Tom, 71, also won three separate Opportunity Knocks shows, hosted The Tom O’Connor Show and also appeared in the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

In 2000, he made his television acting debut as Father Tom, a Catholic priest, in the BBC series Doctors.

And in 2006 he was given an award for having guest appeared on the TV programme Countdown 100 times and also won a celebrity version of Come Dine With Me, the Channel 4 TV cookery contest where he landed a record breaking score of 29 out of 30 after winning over guests with his home cooking and sparkling wit.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced at £17.50 and are available from the box office on 01302 342349 or at www.doncastercivic.co.uk