Eddie Large was one half of the UK’s top comedy duos – Little & Large.
Their prime-time Saturday evening BBC1 series The Little & Large Show attracted viewing figures close to 15 million per episode during it’s 13-year run.
A comic legend, Eddie Large, was born Edward McGinnis in 1941 in Glasgow, but his family moved to live in a red brick terraced house opposite the Maine Road Stadium of Manchester City Football Club when he was just 10 years old. He came to regard Manchester as his “home town”.
The Little & Large duo began in 1963 when they met at Stonemason’s Arms pub in Wythenshawe.
Syd Little had a one-man show at that time, singing to the electric guitar. During his performance Eddie began heckling in a comic manner, saying he could do better himself. Syd called his bluff and invited him to join him on stage, where the two went on to receive rapturous applause from the audience for their un-scripted impromptu performance. The formula was retained and Little & Large was born.
They began to appear in many local Manchester clubs, including three shows at Bernard Manning’s Embassy Club in Harpurhey, where they shared billing with another as yet unknown comedy act, Cannon & Ball.
Television fame came when they appeared on and won in the television show Opportunity Knocks in 1971, which was quickly followed by many spot appearances on other television shows.
In 1977, Thames Television offered them their own series. That same year they attracted full-house audiences appearing live at Blackpool, with a record-breaking season. In November of that same year they were invited to appear live in The Royal Variety Show.
Their professional television career ran from 1977 to 1991. Since then they have pursed their careers in live shows, club and corporate appearances.
Eddie became a team captain on the BBC1 series GAG TAG hosted by Bob Monkhouse.
Over the years, Eddie Large has made many television appearances including:
- Win, Lose or Draw
- Shooting Stars
- Surprise, Surprise
- Noel’s House Party
- Fantasy Football
- Frank Stubbs Promotes
- The Generation Game
- The Impressionable Jon Culshaw
- Today with Des and Mel
- The Weakest Link
Eddie Large also took part in Who Killed Saturday Night (CH4) which included clips from Little & Large’s many TV performances.
Eddie currently lives in Bristol and remains an avid fan of Manchester City F.C.
Eddie is available for after-dinner speaking engagements.