- Richard Digance
name = Richard Digance
birth_date = Birth date and age|1949|2|24|df=y
birth_place = Plaistow, East London
occupation = Comedian, folk-singer, media executive
website = [http://www.richarddigance.com www.richarddigance.com]
Mechanical Engineeringat Reid Kerr College Paisley, during which time he was inspired by Billy Connolly.
In the 1970s he toured the United States. Though failing to make much of a name, he ended up a support act for
He came to public attention as a regular turn on the popular Sunday evening "Live from... (Her Majesty's/the Piccadilly/the Palladium)" variety series (produced by
LWTfor ITV) and also on " Summertime Special", a variety showcase of the 1980s.
He is known for his television one-hour specials, starting in 1985 with "A Dabble of Digance". "Abracadigance" was a series of four shows in 1988. The 1992 show, "Richard Digance's Greatest Bits", recorded at the Brighton Dome, included some of his most popular routines from stage and screen, including the "Nursery Rhymes", "Remembers" and "Jungle Cup Final".
Many albums featuring his comic and serious music have been released. His first
novel, "Run Out In The Country", was published in 1983, and his autobiography, "A Wealth of Comedy", in 1999.
He is a regular guest in 'Dictionary Corner' on the
Channel 4game show "Countdown", during which he performs comic rhymes before the commercial break.
Digance was the
managing directorof Creative Results and Sound TV, a satellite channel based on variety, which launched in February 2005. However, he resigned in August 2005, and the channel went into administration. He also co-founded SKD Media, later to become Entertainment Rights; these are involved in releasing nostalgic programming on DVD.
In October 2003 he received the Gold Award from
The British Academy of Composers and Songwritersfor his services to music.
He also annually takes to the stage at
Cropredy Festivalfor the first set on the final day
* [http://www.richarddigance.com Official website]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/talent/d/digance_richard.shtml List of credits at BBC Online]
* [http://www.soundtv.co.uk Sound TV]
* [http://www.creativeresults.co.uk Creative Results] The production company providing programming for Sound TV.
* [http://www.entertainmentrights.com/index2.html Entertainment Rights]
* cite news
title= Rejuvenating variety with Sound TV
date=19 May 2005
* cite news
title= Variety channel Sound TV off air within year of launch
date=6 December 2005
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