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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Phil Cool On Heat

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Steve Bennett

Cool is clearly a seasoned performer, with an obvious aptitude for characterisation - if not for comedy.

His stock in trade is a string of adequate impersonations of old-school personalities such as Michael Caine and Clive James, alongside the almost obligatory 'hip' names such as Ali G and Johnny Vegas.

The show was also peppered with decidedly mediocre visual interludes based on how dismal things such as the British weather and Delia Smith are. A pot-kettle situation?

Phil went on to impersonate Eddie Izzard, and quite appallingly, too. Any similarity went no further than the lipstick and red satin jacket, and certainly didn't extend to the comedy. Similarly, his attempt at Jo Brand was but a merely butch-sounding Julian Clary in a bad wig.

Cool clearly has a talent for studying nuances and his Tony Blair facial expressions were delightful, but in a one-hour show, ten minutes of up-to-date observations just isn't enough, proving only that he remains well and truly stuck in the past. We've yet to witness the rebirth of Cool.

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Published: 1 Jan 2010


Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2002

Phil Cool On Heat

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Phil Cool! Who's He?


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