Performers and writers, Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens have been performing and writing as Eric and Ern for almost five years and the work and research into their subjects is there for all to see in their staggeringly accurate portrayal of the most loved and successful British comedy duo of all time.
Ian and Jonty work closely with the families and estates of Morecambe & Wise and all scripts are vetted and authorised.
“I have been fascinated with Eric for as long as I can remember.” Said Jonty (who plays him)
I took on his persona at school and it never really left me. He was the funniest and loveliest of men.
We both feel it’s a privilege to play Eric and Ernie and some people have said it’s like we’re channeling them - some nights it does feel like that”.
Ian and Jonty met at Drama school over thirty years ago and continued their friendship playing golf together at The Stage Golf Society in Richmond. When Jonty was asked to play Eric at a charity show he saw Ian’s short fat hairy legs at the bar and they were off. Having brought the house down the two then wrote some ‘bespoke’ material for their friends at the golf club.
Ian said: “That show laid the foundation for a very long and incredible journey that led to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the West End’s Vaudeville theatre which was topped by an Olivier nomination for The play ‘wot’ we wrote - Eric and Little Ern.
We do treasure the relationship we have with each other – as did Eric and Ernie and I think it’s obvious that we love performing the comedy of Morecambe and Wise.”
Jonty said: “More importantly, the audience love’s watching it - which is always handy”
But it’s more than just watching a comedy show - there’s a real emotional connection - because we all remember watching it together. The audience reaction has been amazing.”
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