The comedian who became a regular on Granada’s The Comedians and ATV’s Tiswas has died after five years of ill health.

 

The comedian who became a regular on Granada’s The Comedians and ATV’s Tiswas has died after five years of ill health.

The star from Northern Ireland is best known for his catchphrases “It’s the way I tell ‘em” and “It’s a cracker.”

While Carson was a regular on television in the 1970s and 80s he continued to play a part in UK television entertainment throughout the 1990s becoming a regular on primetime Saturday night entertainment series Noel’s House Party alongside Noel Edmonds, Tony Blackburn and Pat Coombs.

He first found fame in the sixties on talent content Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks before becoming a regular joker on ITV’s comedy showcase The Comedians and comedy panel game show Joker’s Wild alongside names such as Les Dawson, Mike Reid, Jim Bowen and Michael Bentine.

Frank also captured a youth audience by becoming a regular on the chaotic Saturday morning children’s magazine show Tiswas along with Chris Tarrant and Sally James. He also dabbled in sitcom and radio comedies but it was his quick-wit and live one-liners that made him a household star and a regular of the chat show. He continued until recently making guest appearances on shows such as Tiswas Reunited in 2007, Cash in the Celebrity Attic in 2009 and in 2011 My Favourite Joke.

Carson had noted he had been in ill health for up to five years and last year underwent an operation as part of his battle with stomach cancer. His family say the star died at his home in Blackpool, Lancashire and is expected to be flown back to Northern Ireland for a funeral in his home town of Belfast.

Born the son of a binman in Belfast on 6 November 1926 – Died 22 February 2012 in Blackbool.

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