Crissy’s back in Blackpool

Comedianne Crissy Rocks, who while be appearing at The Merrie England in Blackpool throughout Summer 2004

Comedianne Crissy Rocks, who while be appearing at The Merrie England in Blackpool throughout Summer 2004

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From Bedlam To Benidorm To Blackpool - Merrie England, Blackpool North Pier

It’s been a while since comedienne Crissy Rock turned the Blackpool air blue on a regular basis with her distinctive brand of humour. Since those bar and social club days she has added “award winning actress” to her CV and is now known to the nation more for her role as Janey in ITV’s comedy series Benidorm than she is as a stand up comic.

But as this first summer show staged by Unique Entertainment reveals this particular comedic leopard – or perhaps that should be leotard? – has no intentions of changing her spots.

She’s not keen on spiritualists, hasn’t taken to turning 50 gently, has no intentions of losing her working class roots (and we are not talking about her hairline), would probably prefer bringing up someone else’s family and is unlikely to list Easy Jet air stewardesses amongst her closest friends.

The new Thursday night slot in this often under utilised – and currently difficult to access – venue is ideal for her somewhat skewed look at life and whilst her observations may not have changed too much over the years her audience certainly has – now split fairly evenly between male and female.

Much of the first half of the evening is handled by Rod Stewart tribute act Jack Danson and the four leggy Las Vegas Show Girls.

Jack’s a familiar face on the summer scene and can still twirl a microphone stand with a vengeance – these days surrounded by flat screen projections of the real Rod through the years.

Opening the evening is a valuable showcase slot for local vocalist Ronnie Lee with a competently delivered set of Rat Pack and 60s hits which will build his stage confidence as the season progresses.

The evening is completed with cameo appearances of Little Albert from Phoenix Nights whilst DJ Aldini tops and tails the proceedings with a set definitely aimed at the Benidorm fans.

n Weekly to August 28.

Robin Duke