Crisco, one of the funniest people to have worked the Island over the past 50 years, is to come out of retirement for a special one-night-only event in Newport on Wednesday.

With 23,000 gigs to his name, which must be a record for a comedy magician, he has worked all over the world. In more recent years he’s virtually retired from performing. Now, thanks to Island showbiz writer and broadcaster, John Hannam, he’s making an unexpected comeback at Newport’s Quay Arts Centre on Wednesday 22nd November.

Crisco – real name Christopher Cox – will perform his highly acclaimed stage act during the first half. When Joe Pasquale, Shane Richie and Bradley Walsh were beginning their careers, as resident holiday centre entertainers, they still readily admit to have been influenced by Crisco, when he came as a visiting cabaret star to their various venues. They would stand in the wings to watch him.

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In the second half of his show he’ll be interviewed on stage by John Hannam. Chris will reveal stories of the night Mary Whitehouse walked out of his act whilst performing at the home of  Michael Barrymore; the occasion he turned down a drink with one of the most famous rock groups in the world and of an Island story about his pet rabbit that went all around the world. He has such a fund of memories from 66 years as an entertainer

The show starts at 19:30 and tickets are just £5. For more details and to buy your tickets visit

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