Another favourite of mine from the good old days, the great Frank Carson has sadly lost his battle with cancer. Forget wankers like Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand, Frank Carson was the true comedian and will be sadly missed. Hugh Francis "Frank" Carson (6 November 1926 – 22 February 2012) was a Northern Irish Comedian and actor, I remember growing up with Frank in the 1970s on television in series such as The Comedians and Tiswas.
Frank Carson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he attended St Patrick's Primary School and worked as an electrician, and later plasterer, in the building trade. Frank Carson's family were of Italian descent, with his grandmother hailing from Sicily. He grew up in the "Little Italy" area of Belfast, an area which no longer exists, and was once a choirboy at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church on Donegall Street. Frank Carson spent three years with the Parachute Regiment in the Middle East in the 1950s.
Frank Carson became a popular performer on Irish television, before moving to E to work as a stand-up club comedian. He had success on the long running television music-hall revival show, The Good Old Days. He then went on to win the peak-viewing national favourite talent show Opportunity Knocks, presented by Hughie Green, three times. He was one of the more prominent acts on The Comedians alongside the likes of Charlie Williams, Bernard Manning, Mike Reid and Jim Bowen. The show consisted of 30 minutes of non-stop stand-up comedy from several comedians in each show, became a ratings hit in the United Kingdom and helped establish Carson's performing career.