Rotherham legends recall 50 years of chuckles

The Chuckle Brothers have released their autobiography
The Chuckle Brothers have released their autobiography
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South Yorkshire comic legends the Chuckle Brothers are celebrating 50 years in showbusiness – and are marking the occasion with the publication of an autobiography.

Paul and Barry are on a book signing tour which will be coming to Sheffield, at WH Smith on Fargate, at noon on Saturday, September 13.

The Chuckle Brothers: Fifty Years of To Me... To You recalls the lads’ upbringing in Rotherham and their first steps into the industry in the 1960s.

The book, which has a foreword by Ken Dodd, was written by Paul with Bernard Bale and also lifts the lid on Barry’s days in a boy band.

It recalls how their first gig together was at the London Palladium and how they worked in Edinburgh as a song and dance act.

Early TV success came when they impressed audiences on both Opportunity Knocks and later New Faces.

The book continues their story by telling how they became household names in the hugely popular ChuckleVision TV show, which first ran in 1987, up to their present-day theatre tours.

Their live shows have included Pirates of The River Rother and Indiana Chuckles and the Kingdom of the Mythical Sulk.

Bernard said: “They’ve paid their dues along the way - they know what it’s like to play to a lunchtime crowd in a working men’s club, where half the audience are reading the Sunday papers and the other half are asleep.

“They know what it’s like to endure personal tragedy but still have to go on stage and get the audience crying with laughter.”