The husband and wife comedy and music team of Bernie and Red will be back in Williams Lake with a whole brand new show this month.
Because of their upbringing in England and frequent return visits to their homeland, there is a definite British flavour to their show, but one also shaped by 30 years of performing for North American audiences.
“There is still a difference between British and Canadian comedy,” Bernie says. “And we like to feel that we are able to make the British humour which we feature in our show a bit more accessible to Canadians.”
Red explains: “Our trips to the UK enable us to get back to our roots and the feisty verbal interchanges that are part and parcel of big city life in the UK. It gives us no end of comedy material for our show.”
The popular duo will perform at the Elk’s Hall, on Friday, Sept. 27, in a fundraiser for the local Elks and Royal Purple.
Bernie and Red settled in Canada back in the 1970s after emigrating from their home town of Liverpool, England where they met as teenagers and later married.
They were regulars at the famous Cavern in Liverpool and saw the Beatles live there on countless occasions.
After moving to Canada they eventually succeeded in settling on a small acreage and raising livestock and ultimately half an acre of organic blueberries.
“I picked over 1,000 pounds of them this summer, Bernie says. “I’m looking forward to getting on the road and having a rest.”
They will shortly be heading out on their annual winter tour of the U.S. sunbelt states, taking in Arizona, California and Texas.
In Texas they have built a large fan base, so much so that for the past two years, they won the coveted People’s Choice Award for Best Comedy Duo in south Texas.
Summers they also enjoy numerous concerts around B.C. and the U.S.
After 40 years in show business there are not signs of slowing down for Bernie and Red and their calendar has bookings right through 2014.
“We seem to have found a recipe for a funny and entertaining show and the crowds continue to come back for more,” Red says.