Stan Boardman

Stan Boardman

Date of birth: 07-12-1940

Stan Boardman was a keen footballer in his youth; an apprentice at Liverpool and signed to Tranmere Rovers. But he went into comedy after winning a Butlin's holiday camp talent contest in 1976.

He later appeared on TV's Opportunity Knocks, which led to further TV work hosting children's quiz show Runaround and on the classic stand-up show The Comedians.

Boardman -whose elder brother Tommy was killed in a wartime bombing raid on Liverpool - became known for his anti-German jokes. It led him to controversy when he appeared on Des O'Connor's chat show in the mid-Nineties and made great play of the word 'Fokker'. However, he was also accused of out-and-out racism, being berated by Leeds FC for telling 'inappropriate and unacceptable' jokes at their Player of the Year Award dinner in 2002, just months after two Leeds players had been arrested for assaulting an Asian student.

More recently, he has turned to reality TV, being a contestant in Trust Me - I'm A Beauty Therapist on Channel 5, Celebrity Wife Swap and a celebrity version of Coach Trip.

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Comics to appear on Come Dine With Me

Angelos Epithemiou and Stan Boardman are to appear in a special edition of Come Dine With Me in the new year.

The pair will each host a dinner part alongside Olivia Lee and Pete Firman in a comedians’ version of the show, to air as part of the Channel 4 Mash Up night.

The January 4 show-swapping line-up will also include Alan Carr hosting The Million Pound Drop with contestants Richard Bacon, Alexander Armstrong and Loose Women Denise Welch, Sherrie Hewson, Lisa Maxwell and Jane MacDonald.

And Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Sean Lock will take over Deal Or No Deal for an 8 Out Of 10 Cats special – after doing the same to Countdown last year.

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Published: 22 Nov 2012

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