For someone who first shot to fame as the “funny one” on the early shift on Sunday mornings as host of BBC 2's originally titled The Sunday Show back in 1996, the fact that he is still going strong today is testament to the brilliance and diversity of the thin faced comedian and the timeless quality of his comedy. Appearing on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow 2010 again confirming Paul Tonkinson is a class act.
Once described as the ".... son of Ken Dodd", Paul Tonkinson is a shameless and a self-confessed professional northerner and also a celebrity Manchester United supporter and regular appears as one of the talking heads on numerous football chat and tribute shows. That head also gets a fair bit of exposure on those other never-ending I Love ...., the Greatest Ever ... and Do You Remember ... shows so beloved of modern TV programmers.
But the complete Paul Tonkinson is a star in his own right and a true master of comedy in all its different guises - on stage, in character, on screen, on air, compere or host. Whatever he chooses to do or be at any given time, Paul Tonkinson never fails to make his audience roar with laughter.
Comedian Paul Tonkinson first emerged on the stand-up circuit back in 1992, when he scooped the Time Out New Act of the Year Award. He completed the Time Out double when the London entertainment bible named him as their stand-up comic of the year in 1997.
Now a veteran of the stand-up, cabaret and corporate comedy circuits, Paul built on his Sunday Show success in 2001 when he landed the job as host of The Big Breakfast, standing in for Johnny Vaughan. Sadly, he lasted only two months before he was summarily fired when Vaughan chose to return.
His other television credits include Premier League All Stars for Sky One, Raw Soup on ITV, two series of Take The Mic for Channel 4, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy for the BBC, Liquid News and even a time on the sofa on GMTV.
But it is stage as a stand-up comedian that Paul Tonkinson is most at home. A master of mimicry and particular amusing accents, he takes his audience on a guided tour of Britain, using his observational skills - and those funny voices to find humour in almost every region in the UK and further afield. He also shares the mind-boggling image of losing his virginity to his friend's sofa - and subsequently getting banned from his house - and offers some amusing ideas on the differences between male and female logic and behaviour.