Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Phil Cool Impressionist Life Story Interview…..
Phil Cool was one of the biggest Stars in the 70’s and 80’s and still tours the UK with his unique act.
Cool discovered that he had the ability to pull faces when he was a 12-year old at school.
Once he left school he worked briefly in a warehouse and as an electrician before turning professional as a comedian and impressionist.
Hear a chat from 1999 with Alex & Phil….
In 1989 he appeared in the mini-film Night of the Comic Dead alongside Frank Carson, Karl Howman and Howard Lew Lewis as part of A Night of Comic Relief 2. His third video Cool ‘N’ Hot, filmed live at the Royal Leamington Spa Centre in 1989, also sold well.
In 1991 he moved to ITV and made a series called Cool Head (Central Television). In the same year Central released a video showcasing some of the best moments of Cool Head. A year later he made another series for Central that was entitled Phil Cool, recorded at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. This turned out to be Cool’s last series for television to date.
In 1992 Cool teamed up with Jasper Carrott and toured the country with their “Carrott & Cool” show. The “Carrott & Cool” tour was the subject for one episode of A Day in the Life for Channel 4 in 1993. The episode took a behind-the-scenes look at the show and tour.
He had a brief comeback in 1997 when he released his fifth official video, Classic Cool (this has been reissued on DVD), but in August 2000 his career had to be put on hold when he suffered a heart attack, which left him in hospital for eight months. After making a full recovery he returned to the stage with a brand new show in 2002, and in 2003 he revived his touring partnership with Carrott. He is now a resident in Chipping, Lancashire, and has since retired from performing live.
In addition to his solo gigs, Cool toured in 2008 with Ken Nicol, performing as Nicol and Cool, providing a blend of music and comedy impressions. Nicol and Cool toured with folk rock group Fairport Convention as a support act for Fairport’s winter tour 2009. They released an album, also called Nicol & Cool.
Cool’s most recent television and film work has been an appearance on Today with Des and Mel in 2006, being interviewed as part of the BBC’s The Story of Light Entertainment and appearing in the movies Upstaged (2005) and The School That Roared (2009).
Cool’s autobiography, Phil Cool Died Here (And Lived To Tell The Tale), was followed by a book of ‘Art Brut’-inspired sketches of children.
In 2013 Cool began a farewell nationwide tour, declaring it would be his last because he had “just had enough of all the travelling”.[
Recorded 1999 by Alex Belfield for Century 106 and Celebrity Radio.