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A history of entertaining speakers

13 January 2011

The FP Awards is known for its ability to bring funnymen out the woodwork. Last year, Brendan Healey (pictured) graced the stage. The year before it was Roy Walker and in 2008 we had Jim Tavaré. Who will it be this year?

It all started with a loud laugh - and a bit of bass - in 2008 when the FP Awards featured Jim Tavaré as its after-dinner speaker.

Jim has been described as "transcending mainstream and alternative comedy", and as a stand-up he worked all over the world, performing throughout Europe, Australia and the US. He also made frequent visits to The Falklands to entertain the troops and was invited back for a 2 week run in March 1999.

His presence was so successful that in 2009 we invited Robert "Roy" Walker, a TV personality and comedian from Northern Ireland, best known as the original host of the game show, Catchphrase between 1986-2002, and one of the stars of The Comedians.

Again, this proved to be a roaring success so we invited Brendan Healy for last year's event. Brendan started his career as a musician, playing keyboards in groups around his native North East, then moved to theatre and to Tyne Tees TV to present children's programmes. He still works in TV and has written more than 40 signature tunes to date.

He  layed keyboards with Lindisfarne, and currently plays for John Miles and writes with
Brian Johnson of AC/DC. For the past 10 years, he's also worked as a comedian and is in great demand on the after dinner circuit.

We don't know who'll be providing the laughs at this year's Awards but we can be certain that, in keeping with tradition, they'll make us laugh harder than before.

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