Phil Cool

Phil Cool

Born Phil Martin in Chorley, Lancashire, rubber-faced impressionist Phil Cool shot to prominence in the Eighties when, after many years on the cabaret circuit, a BBC producer spotted him doing audience ‘warm-up’ for Spitting Image.

His first appearance was on daytime show Pebble Mill, which led to a series for the BBC, Cool It, which ran for three series from 1985 to 1988. He then moved to ITV for one series of Cool Head in 1991.

He is a friend of Jasper Carrott, and the pair toured together in 1992 – which ran for 143 performances – and 2003. He continues to tour as a solo act.

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Time to Cool it

Phil quits comedy after 30 years

Phil Cool is to quit stand-up after more than 30 years in the business.

The 64-year-old comedian and impressionist, who will end his last nationwide tour in June next year, said the pressures of touring have become too much

But he said: ‘I will probably still do gigs within a half hour radius if the opportunity arises.’

Cool – who shot to fame in the Eighties after being spotted by Jasper Carrott –narrowly escaped serious injury after a 'nasty' motorway pile-up when travelling home from a gig in March.

But he told the Lancashire Evening Post: ‘My decision isn’t because of the car crash but it is because of the traffic, I do my own driving and I hate the traffic when I’m on tour. I love doing the gigs but it’s so tiring.’

He said that after he finishes performing, he will write a book about his career and work on his alternative profession as a singer-songwriter.

Cool – real name Phil Martin – suffered a heart attack in 2000, and returned to the stage in 2002. His ‘Tour Of No Return’ runs from January to June, ending in Broadstairs in Kent. Click here for dates.

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Published: 22 Oct 2012


Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2002

Phil Cool On Heat

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Phil Cool! Who's He?


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