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Max Boyce, Rugby, Leeks and Comedy

Updated on October 19, 2012

Max Boyce is a Welsh comedian who became famous in the 70s.

At a time when a young Billy Connolly was representing Scottish humour, Jasper Carrot, English humour, Max was the comedian of Wales. His act involved Max interspersing his comedy with humorous songs, He played the guitar and was accompanied by a few musicians.

When he appeared at our local theatre Hubby and I toddled off to see what Max Boyce was like. I have to say we had a thoroughly entertaining evening.

In common with most other Welsh males Max is Rugby mad. He often appears on stage with Rugby memorabilia. He is also sometimes accompanied by a huge daffodil or giant leek which are both pertinent to Wales.

Max was born in Wales in 1945. His father died just before his birth, in a coal mining accident.Never the less, before his entertainment career took off, he was a coal miner.

Max's career is now well established having survived for more than forty years. He has played to packed houses all over the UK and in fact the world. In some ways this is hard to believe as his accent and humour are so very Welsh. He is one of those entertainers though that has funny bones.

If he is telling a humorous tale on stage it can be a bit of a marathon. However the punch line always pays off.

His early writing was poetry though and initially he had no aspirations to go on the stage. It just sort of happened.

Since the late nineties Max's career has been enjoying an increase in popularity again and he is Wales most successful entertainer.


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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Hahah good one Steve. Why not join Hubpages and share some more?

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      steve best 6 years ago

      i can remember him telling a sorry about a budgie that he had to look after, it pulled all of its own feathers out to look hard, it died and he went to buy a replacement and ended up with a turkey i am laughing as i write this his stories where fantastic

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      Rugby Nick 8 years ago

      Match day isn't match day without listening to a Max Boyce CD whilst reading the Western Mail

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      lctodd1947 8 years ago from USA

      Very interesting...did not know of him but it is great information. Thanks

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks all. He is funny but inoffensive which is nice

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know about him before. But trough this hub, I know him so well. Thanks ethel.

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      I forgot how funny he was. Thanks Ethel

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      I never was keen on Jasper Carrot but I like Max Boyce. Thank you for a lovely reminder.