Graham Keal

Graham Keal

Graham was born in a prefab in Lincoln in 1951 and while still in short trousers he approached a moving Jaguar containing soap superstar Pat Phoenix. She was retreating from the traction engine rally she had just opened. Pat wound down the window, Graham made her laugh, and he has been chasing celebrities and making people laugh ever since.

At Lincoln City School he won the annual Declamation Contest, aged 17, with a comic speech on the corrupting power of The Magic Roundabout. At Manchester University and after Graham amused himself and audiences, compering and appearing in comedy reviews and charity shows, speaking to writers' groups and assorted gatherings.

 

Meanwhile the day job involving working for a local papers in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Co. Durham before becoming London-based TV writer for a major regional group, then known as Westminster Press. He turned freelance in 1986 and after many years serving regional papers now freelances for national newspapers ranging from The Sun to The Daily Telegraph and most points in between, as well as writing for TV magazines (TV Quick, TV Choice, What's On TV etc) and women's magazines (Best, My Weekly).

Eric Morecambe was Graham's first big celebrity interview, back in 1974, and since then he has gathered celebrity anecdotes by the hundred, thanks to encounters with the likes of Roger Moore, Jimmy Stewart, Les Dawson, Vic Reeves, Oprah Winfrey, Liz Hurley, Jenny Agutter, Frank Ifield, Gene Pitney, an Everly Brother (Phil), Tom Jones, Spike Milligan, Vic Reeves, Rik Mayall, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Ralf Little, David Attenborough, Jamie Oliver, Keith Floyd, Rick Stein, Joan Rivers, Johnny Vegas, Barry Humphries, Jake Thackray, Noel Edmonds, Amanda Holden, Penny Smith, Leslie Grantham, Tom Baker, Claire Goose, Esther Rantzen, Jeremy Clarkson etc etc etc.

Feedback

"Thank you so much for last night - we really enjoyed your talk - I've never heard some of the women laugh so much and raised a smile on even the most formidable of the group (and that takes some doing, believe me). I particularly liked the touches of humanity that ran through your talk (you as a boy etc) ... the best comics all have it." - Everton WI -  June 2010

“Absolutely superb” –  Bingley Airedale Rotary 

“We could have listened to you all night.” - Bourne WI

“Just a quick line of thanks for Tuesday night.  My WI ladies thought you were wonderful…you had them all enthralled“ Gosberton Womens Institute

“Thank you so much for coming to the conference. You  were great! You made a nice start and we had a good weekend with a good variety of speakers.” Auriol ThorntonRotary District 1240 Conference Organiser

“Very funny. An eye-opener!” Newark Conservative Club LadiesGroup

"We really enjoyed your talk and it was especially impressive because of your good rapport with your captive audience. I am sure that you are an extremely good interviewer mainly because of your gentle, modest approach which must be very relaxing and reassuring for whichever famous celebrity you are interviewing" WI speaker finder