Al Read

1909 - 1987




An observational humorist who described his short witty sketches as “pictures of life.” His radio programme, The Al Read Show (1950s and 60s) usually consisted of a series of vignettes highlighting the idiosyncrasies of everyday life which he based on the Northern working classes.

At his peak, Read's catch phrase of “Right Monkey” was heard by an audience of 20 million.

Although he did have success on stage he did not transfer well to television, and was the quintessential radio comedian. Historian Cliff Hays said, “Al hit the right note at the right time and was good at it.”

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A Royal Gala Programme Of Radio Variety – 1953 BBC Home Service

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Al Read Show Xmas – BBC 1955

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Al Read – BBC 1976

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Desert Island Discs – BBC

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