Legends Of Stand-Up And Bernard Righton. Bernard Righton (John Thomson). Copyright: North One Television.

Legends Of Stand-Up And Bernard Righton

Gold stand-up / factual. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2015. Stars John Thomson.

Episode 2 is repeated today at 3:05am.

Press Clippings

Another outing for John Thomson/'s comic creation Bernard Righton: a formerly blue club comedian who has attained a left-wing conversion, and reconfigured his act accordingly. Bernard acts as compere on this festive clip show, introducing archival Christmas pieces by the likes of Bill Hicks, Emo Phillips and Les Dawson - all "appearing" at his club. The archival jokes are a lot funnier than Thomson's, which is probably the point, but which makes for strangely uneven viewing.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 16th December 2015

"An Englishman an Irishman and a Pakistani ... what a wonderful example of racial integration." So ran a typical joke by Bernard Righton, the PC comedian created by The Fast Show's John Thomson in the early 90s. The effects of common decency on UK comedy were always greatly exaggerated, but, Righton is back in a new series, trawling the archives of classic, vintage stand-up with his own links.

David Stubbs, The Guardian, 12th October 2015

John Thomson's favourite TV

The Fast Show and Cold Feet star on his love of Hannibal and magic and his childhood hatred of a certain speaking bear.

The Guardian, 12th October 2015

The trials of Bernard Righton

John Thomson says his parody can struggle in clubs.

Chortle, 8th September 2015

John Thomson to present Gold archive stand-up series

John Thomson, in character as Bernard Righton, will present a series on TV comedy channel Gold which will show archive footage from the world's best comedians.

British Comedy Guide, 25th June 2015