Frankie Allen

3 stars

  • Highly experienced comedian
  • Comedy for all


Stan Boardman was born on Merseyside and his great personal ambition as a schoolboy was to play professional football for Liverpool. After failing to make the grade in big time football he eventually started his own haulage business which earned him a steady living. Then in the summer of 1976 his entire life and career changed dramatically, almost overnight.

Stan and his family were on holiday at a Butlin’s holiday camp, when his twin children persuaded him to enter the weekly talent competition; just for fun. He reluctantly agreed and for the first time in his life he stood up on stage in front of a packed audience and entertained them with a hastily memorised list of jokes. Surprisingly he won first prize!

He later appeared on television’s Opportunity Knocks where he made such an impact that he topped the poll with the studio audience. He was invited back to appear on the programme’s Gala Show and for the Opportunity Knocks Variety Awards Shows. Such was his success on television that he was later asked to take over as host of Southern Television’s popular children’s series Runaround. He was in good company too, following the two previous hosts, Leslie Crowther and Mike Reid.

Starring appearances on Granada Television’s new Comedians series proved to be a tremendous springboard to even greater success for Stan Boardman. In the space of a handful of months he emerged as one of the most sort after comedians in show business. The diverse nature of his act meant that he appeared in, pantomimes, concerts, cabaret and summer seasons at major venues all over Britain. Stan has even performed as far afield as Sydney in Australiareturning to start in the pantomime Aladdin at Southport Theatre.

On television he completed a second series of The Comedians and starred in Granada’s Video Entertainers, before headlining his own television special ‘Success With Stan’. He also starred in the entire series of the BBC television celebrity game show The Railway Carriage Game and co-hosted Granada’s talent series The Fame Game. He then presented a further Granada television show I Feel Fine. Additional television appearances included Live At Her Majesty’s, Knees Up, Entertainment Express, Russell Harty, Des O’Connor Tonight, The Grumbleweeds Radio Show, Mike Reid’s Mates and Music, A Question of Sport, Give Us A Clue and A Question of Entertainment.

Stan is available for corporate events, Sporting Dinners & Lunches and is always interested in one of his main passions today, entertaining guests at Golf Days.