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Earl Okinís first TV appearance was a child on the show All Your Own in 1959,but he began his career proper as a musician, recording his first single in the Sixties at Abbey Road. During the Seventies, he opened for such acts as Fairport Convention, Van Morrisson and Wings.
Also in the Seventies, he moved trough the folk circuit, where he encountered the likes of Billy Connolly and Jasper Carrott, who started to introduced comedy to their acts. When this circuit crumbled, Okin moved to the new alternative comedy circuit, and was invited to perform at the now legendary Comic Strip. He has been on the ciruit ever since.
Okin has also been an Edinburgh Fringe veteran, claiming to have performed more shows there than anyone else (502 over 18 years), and has performed his variety act around the world.
He has also had his own radio 4 series, Earl Okin & Friends, and recorded several albums of music and a couple of comedy.
Forties throwback Okin is a true original; a distinctive, eccentric figure on the stand-up circuit since before such a phrase even existed.
Heís a self-styled musical genius and sex symbol, unlikely as that may seem for an overweight, lisping and slightly seedy man in three-piece suit and vintage spats.
In fact, youíre never quite convinced the constant references to his sexual prowess that pepper his urbane banter are self-deprecating, or whether he really is deluded enough to believe them.
Itís only when he sings, do you understand where heís coming from. His come-hither style is languorous and seductive, in profound contrast to the pompous, slightly ridiculous figure on stage.
But itís not for this reason Ė or at least not entirely Ė that heís also referred to as Olí Horny Mouth. Instead, that moniker comes from his astonishing ability to recreate a small brass section, without the need for any sort of instrument.
Such a novelty turn, you might think, is something of a peculiar taste; an act that will have a niche yet barely appeal beyond it. But his louche charm is almost universal - wherever he plays, he goes down astonishingly well.The highlights of Okinís set are undoubtedly the bossa nova versions of modern tracks, which garner chuckles around the room as realisation gradually dawns about what he is up to. These songs are essentially one-joke ideas, but one done so perfectly well, and with such impressive musicality, they simply cannot fail in such expert hands.
|Date of review: Nov 2004|
Monday 1st Nov, '04-
Show - Misc live shows -
Saw a gig the first two guys were awesome but this guy was so unfunny. Just because you sing Teenage Dirtbag in a stupid voice does not make you funny. One thing is for sure he had a good mother who told him people were laughing with him, but this is not true. I counted at least six people who left and i wanted to be the 7th, Do yourself a favour and dont see this boring man play.
Saw him last night, great act. Something different and very funny.
Chrissy (below) what can I say? You ARE missing something. I've just watched this guy tonight at Headliners in Chiswick and he owned the place. Class act.
Earl was possibly one of the funniest men I have ever seen. His talents are endless
Just saw him in NYC - nearly pissed myself silly. Infidel 24.02.05
Absolutely brillient. From an amazing voice to imitation instruments, let alone the bedroom noises, he had everyone involved and wanting more. Mark 14.02.05
The guy is just great he is as good now as when I first saw him ten years ago. Higgy 08.01.05
Every time I've seen Earl Okin he's had the audience in stiches and several encores - from young trendy comedy clubs in London to older family audiences in seaside towns, this performer must truly be one of the most under-rated people on the comedy circuit today Lee Hathaway 22.12.04
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