23 Facts About Nicholas Parsons

1. Nicholas Parsons challenges Tony Hawks, Pam Ayres, Miles Jupp and Gyles Brandreth to speak on a topic without hesitation, deviation or repetition for 60 seconds.

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2. Nicholas Parsons made his acting debuts in the 1946 TV movie Hay Fever as well as the 1947 film Master of Bankdam.

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3. Nicholas Parsons held the Guinness World Record for the longest after-dinner speech until it was reclaimed by former holder Gyles Brandreth.

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4. Nicholas Parsons was awarded an honorary DA by the University of Leicester in 2007, and an honorary DL by the University of Lincoln in 2014.

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5. Nicholas Parsons was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 New Year Honours for charitable services, especially to children's charities.

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6. Nicholas Parsons was invited to stand as a Liberal Party candidate for Yeovil in the 1970s, but he turned down the opportunity in order to remain in the entertainment industry.

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7. Nicholas Parsons was the president of the charity the Lord's Taverners from 1998 to 1999.

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8. Nicholas Parsons is a leading member of the Grand Order of Water Rats charity, and a patron of the British Stammering Association.

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9. Nicholas Parsons appears annually at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe presenting his comedy chat show The Happy Hour at the Cabaret Bar at the Pleasance, and has done so since 2001.

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10. Nicholas Parsons wrote an autobiography entitled The Straight Man: My Life in Comedy, which was published in 1984, and he produced a book of memoirs in 2010 called Nicholas Parsons: With Just a Touch of Hesitation, Repetition and Deviation.

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11. Nicholas Parsons was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1978 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.

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12. Nicholas Parsons featured in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods at the Phoenix Theatre, London, for six months in 1988.

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13. Nicholas Parsons started his career while training as an engineering apprentice; he was discovered by Canadian impresario Carroll Levis, and appeared in his radio show as an impersonator.

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14. Nicholas Parsons gained valuable early experience in amateur concert parties.

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15. Nicholas Parsons was offered a posting in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War, but he did not join the service due to ill health.

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16. Nicholas Parsons suffered from migraines but nevertheless excelled at school.

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17. Nicholas Parsons was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to drama and broadcasting.

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18. Nicholas Parsons is a lifelong Liberal, having supported the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats.

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19. Nicholas Parsons has been the host of the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game Just a Minute since it was first broadcast on 22 December 1967.

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20. Nicholas Parsons became well known to TV audiences during the 1960s as the straight man to comedian Arthur Haynes.

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21. Nicholas Parsons was born left-handed but was made to write with his right hand.

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22. Nicholas Parsons was born at 1 Castlegate, Grantham, Lincolnshire; he was the middle child of the family, having an older brother and a younger sister.

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23. Nicholas Parsons takes to the road with his one-man performance, which has been described as superb stand-up comedy, extravagant, vibrant and funny! Nicholas.

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