Column: Comic Tom Taylor on the, er, wit of Jim Davidson

Harrogate, UK. 08/02/12. Sitting Room Comedy Club is back at its regular venue, St George Hotel, Harrogate. The line-up is: MC Tom Taylor, Nick Doody, Danielle Ward and Paul Sinha. Picture shows: Paul Sinha. Photo credit: Jane Hobson.
Harrogate, UK. 08/02/12. Sitting Room Comedy Club is back at its regular venue, St George Hotel, Harrogate. The line-up is: MC Tom Taylor, Nick Doody, Danielle Ward and Paul Sinha. Picture shows: Paul Sinha. Photo credit: Jane Hobson.
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The world of Tom Taylor, promoter of Harrogate’s Sitting Room comedy club and finalist in So You Think You’re Funny contest at Edinburgh Fringe 2013

I first saw Paul Sinha perform at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe.

It was a brilliant show, Paul was opinionated, witty and smart and, subsequently and it’s been a real privilege to watch him deliver two tear-inducingly funny sets at my Sitting Room comedy club in Harrogate.

His show in 2011, Looking At The Stars, was inspired by an encounter with Jim Davidson at the London Comedy Store.

I would not do the story justice by trying to recount it here.

Needless to say, it’s brilliantly funny and probably not entirely suitable reading matter when you’re chomping through your bowl of muesli or settling down to The Chase with a bit of fruit cake and a spot of Wensleydale.

For those of you who read your Harrogate Advertiser or Ripon Gazette etc after the watershed, I apologise, you will have to make do with that Mrs Brown’s Boys boxset you received at Christmas but haven’t quite got round to taking out of the cellophane yet

However, to appease you all, I have another Jim Davidson story which has been doing the rounds this week following Jim’s elevation to ‘nation’s favourite’. With a little bit of help from Channel 5’s editing team, Celebrity Big Brother has been Jim’s road to Damascus so it’s well worth trotting back to the 80s for some classic Jim.

I have heard the following tale from various comics but here it is in the words of writer and broadcaster, Louis Barfe:

“In an episode of Jim Davidson’s sitcom ‘Up the Elephant and Round the Castle’, the script called for a minor character to thump Jim.

“The star of the show was not popular with the crew. In a meal break they had a whip-round and offered the money to the actor in question if he didn’t pull the punch and actually connected with Davidson. The impecunious young thesp took the challenge.

“With the cameras rolling, the young actor lamped Jim. Jim was hurt, both physically and in terms of pride.

“He told the actor that he would see to it that the chap never worked again. And Jim’s clout was such that it came to pass. After all, who’s ever heard of David Thewlis?”

Paul Tonkinson, Roger Monkhouse, Staple/face and Scott Bennett make up next Wednesday’s (February 12) Sitting Room Comedy Club show at the St George Hotel, Harrogate.

Details at www.sittingroomcomedy.com.

Tom Taylor tweets at @tomtails.