For someone who is fast becoming one of Britain ’s most talked about comediennes, life is starting to move at a hectic pace for Crissy Rock.
Starting as a ‘stand up’ comedienne in the late 80’s, mainly for fun, Crissy soon realised that she had a talent for making people laugh, a talent that was also spotted by Bob Monkhouse, when Crissy appeared nationwide on the BBC TV show “Bob Says Opportunity Knocks”.
Although Crissy was given the highest marks for any comedy act on the series, she still failed to win her heat. However, Bob made the following quote: ‘This girl has something that is a gift to comics - deep inside Crissy has the sheer instinctive art of timing. She had me in stitches and I’ve got a hunch she’ll become one of our top women comics’
How right he was. In 1991, following a period of ill health, Crissy bounced back, taking bookings on the club and cabaret circuit. Within months she was voted runner up in the “Club Comedian of the Year” competition for the Merseyside area.
By 1993 her notoriety was spreading to other parts of the country, with demand out-pacing the amount of available dates. By 1994 Crissy was bill-topping at the Central Pier, Blackpool and the famed Blackpool Tower .
Being chosen by Ken Loach to star in his latest film was, to Crissy, just another booking which she approached with her usual 100% commitment, but following the first screening of “Ladybird Ladybird” it was soon realised that this was to be the start of a new career. 1994 turned out to be a big year for Crissy:
Best Actress - Berlin Film Festival
(Tom Hanks won best actor)
Best Actress - London Film Critics Awards
(Hugh Grant, best actor)
Best Newcomer - nomination, Evening Standard Awards
“No Oscar ceremony will be complete without a nomination for this brilliant performance” Gene Siskel, CBS This Morning
Further television appearances included: Celebrity Squares, Peak Practice, Funny Girls, Stand and Deliver, Brazen Hussies, Born to Run with Billie Whitelaw, Pull The Other One and Butterfly Collectors (April 1999) and The Dockers (1999)
Amongst all this, Crissy is still insistent that she keeps her roots in comedy and is in great demand on the cabaret scene. Crissy is particularly popular on the After Dinner Circuit where she is regarded as one of the country’s top female speakers.
Acclaimed for her presenting debut on BBC TV’s Millennium Night Show (with Michael Parkinson and Gaby Roslin)
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