Connect magazine (Central Trains), December 2006

Laughter Lines, article about the comedy heritage of the Central Trains region.

The Connect region can lay claim to some infamous comedy hotspots. The Independent’s comedy critic Julian Hall gives a run down of some of the best.

Let’s start with Liverpool – in the north-west of the Central Trains network – long
renowned for its sense of acerbic ‘scouse’ humour. Backing up its claim to be a laughter hotspot is the fact that the city is home to a number of historic comedy figures ranging from Arthur Askey, Ken Dodd, Jimmy Tarbuck, the late Kenny Everett and, more recently, Alexei Sayle, who you may be surprised to hear is no fan of his legendary local football team: ‘I grew up 200 yards from Anfield, but I just couldn’t embrace Anfield. If Liverpool played Moscow Dynamo then we’d have to support the Russians.’

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