is one half of the comedy double act
A double act, also known as a comedy duo, is a comic pairing in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin and profession, but drastically different personalities or behavior...
Cannon and Ball
Cannon and Ball are an English comedy double act consisting of Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball. The duo met in the early 1960s while working as welders in Oldham, Lancashire...
, along with Tommy Cannon
Tommy Cannon is a comedian and the feed member of comedy double act Cannon and Ball, along with Bobby Ball....
He married his first wife, Joan, in 1964, with whom he had two sons, Robert (born 1965) and Darren (born 1969), who are now a comedy double act in their own right, performing under their surname 'Harper'. Bobby and his first wife separated in 1970. He married his second wife, Yvonne, in 1972. They have a daughter, Joanne (born 1972) Ball and his wife live in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire.
Ball has been in show business
with his comedy partner for 46 years, their prime time Saturday night television series, the Cannon and Ball Show, was one of LWT's most successful series, with consistently high viewing ratings for twelve years. They starred in the film 'The Boys in Blue' together in 1982 and guest starred in the Eric Sykes
Eric Sykes, CBE is an English radio, television and film writer, actor and director whose performing career has spanned more than 50 years. He frequently wrote for and/or performed with many other leading comedy performers and writers of the period, including Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Peter...
slapstick film, 'Mr H is Late' in 1988. Other notable guest appearances were 'the Kenny Everett
Kenny Everett was an English comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Born Maurice James Christopher Cole, Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for the Kenny Everett television shows.-Early life:...
Show' in 1982 and 'Shooting Stars' in 1996.
Their live shows and pantomimes have broken all box office records and continue to do so across the country.
Cannon and Ball appeared in the fifth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
The pair are devout Christian
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament...
s and have published a book called Christianity for Beginners. Ball became a born-again Christian in 1986, as did Cannon in 1992, their conversion having a lot to do with the re-kindling of their broken friendship. They now regularly feature in their own gospel and "An audience with..." show in churches around the country.
Ball also created the BBC
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children's cartoon series Juniper Jungle
Juniper Jungle was a short lived cartoon series created by the British comedian Matt Sudworth....
. He starred in ITV's The Fattest Man in Britain
The Fattest Man in Britain is a comedy-drama written by Caroline Aherne and Jeff Pope which aired on ITV on 20 December 2009. It starred Timothy Spall, Bobby Ball, Aisling Loftus and Barry Austin...
in December 2009 and has made several guest appearances as 'Lenny' on 'Last of the Summer Wine
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'. In February 2010 he and his wife Yvonne appeared on All Star Mr Mrs.
In 2011 he starred in the Sky1 comedy drama Mount Pleasant
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, playing Barry, the father of co-star Sally Lindsay's character, Lisa.
- http://www.zoneextra.co.uk/ Bobby Ball Interview on The Zone Online Magazine