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By Ian Dipple Friday 25 April 2014 Updated: 25/04 08:53
HE WAS one of the stars of Saturday night television in the 1990s, entertaining millions on shows like Big Break and The Generation Game.
But two decades on far from slipping into obscurity Jim Davidson is enjoying a resurgence thanks to his victory on this year's Celebrity Big Brother. Not only has it resulted in new offers of TV work but more importantly for the 60-year-old it is attracting a new generation of fans to his unique brand of comedy which has attracted much controversy and criticism over the years.
"I started out in 1976 when I was 23 and I had an audience that was the same age as me and as you get older that audience gets older with you and they get mortgages and plasma televisions they have to pay for and they think I won't go see Jim this year I'll go and see him next year and you have a shelf life on television and people drift away," he told the Standard.
"Now I've got this new group of people coming to my shows and they rediscover you rather than you being reinvented.
"These people have never seen anybody like me but they come to see me and they think what's all the fuss over. I have a different style, I don't try to be clever I just try to make people laugh and when people go to the show they realise I'm not this horrible person and I get a kick out of that."
Davidson is clearly relishing being given the chance to make people laugh free from the constraints of those who have branded him everything from a racist to a comedy dinosaur and a relic of the working men's clubs.
"I don't know about comedy dinosaurs, everybody loves dinosaurs, Jurassic park is one of the biggest selling films of all time - tell them to go shove their opinions up their bottoms," he said.
"I'd never use the minority to get a laugh so there are no gay, black jokes but I do include them in my narrative because that's the people that live in this country. I object to the fact the only people up for grabs are white Anglo-Saxon people, I think that's insulting to the rest of the people.
"The funniest people in this country are the West Indians, but everybody is so scared to include these people. If I do a gag with a black man in he will be the clever one and the white man is always the a*******.
"If you want to hear mother-in-law jokes then go and see somebody else. I've had five mother-in-laws and not one of them has been funny."
Residents will soon get the chance to judge for themselves when Davidson takes to the stage at Redditch's Palace Theatre at the end of May accompanied by Richard Digance. It is only the second time they have toured Britain together and the idea was inspired by Davidson's arrest in January last year on sex offence charges which were later dropped.
"I was having a horrible year and I thought let's have some fun. I think the two styles of comedy complement the other," he said.
"He's really, really funny and a lot of comedians don't want anyone too funny on before them because it makes it hard work but I think it's a good thing, you want the audience to be the winners.
"It's not what people think it's going to be, people think it will be old style stand up but I don't tell any jokes I just talk about my disastrous life - it's my look at life."
* Jim Davidson and Richard Digance appear at The Palace Theatre on Wednesday, May 28 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £21.75 and to book call the box office on 01527 65203.
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