Richard Digance (pronounced: Diegence) (born 24 February 1949, in Plaistow, east London) is a comedian and folk singer. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Reid Kerr College Paisley, during which time he was inspired by Billy Connolly. In 1971, he recorded an LP whilst with the group PISCES for the Trailer label. It features the moorland ballad "Jack O'Legs" about a 14-foot-tall highwayman. In the 1970s he toured the United States. Though failing to make much of a name, he ended up a support act for Steve Martin. He supported Tom Jones in 87 concerts. He came to public attention as a regular turn on the popular Sunday evening Live from... (Her Majesty's/the Piccadilly/the Palladium) variety series (produced by LWT for ITV) and also on Summertime Special, a variety showcase of the 1980s. Digance also was the support act for U.K. singer Elkie Brooks on many occasions. He is known for his television one-hour specials, starting in 1985 with A Dabble of Digance. Abracadigance was a series of four shows in 1988. The 1992 show, Richard Digance's Greatest Bits, recorded at the Brighton Dome, included some of his most popular routines from stage and screen, including the "Nursery Rhymes", "Remembers" and "Jungle Cup Final".
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