Parsons: I'm in a profession that retires you

Nicholas Parsons says it's the "wonderful frissance in the air" that keeps him coming back to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe.
Parsons: I'm in a profession that retires you
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Nicholas Parsons says it’s the “wonderful frissance in the air” that keeps him coming back to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. At 93, he’s one of the oldest entertainers to have performed here and this is his 17th year of hosting a show. His younger rivals might not have to nap quite so much, but can they claim to have been at the very first festival 70 years ago? “I have Glasgow connections,” Parsons told Sky News. “I spent five years on Clydebank trying to be an engineer to please my family but I didn’t want to. “All I ever wanted to be was an actor. “There were about three or four shows I think on the fringe then, 1947, was it? “Anyway, I was at the very first Edinburgh Festival watching shows up here.” Image:Parsons says when he can no longer make an audience laugh, then he’ll be retired Seven decades later and Parsons has become one of the most popular sightings at the festival. Aside from having to contend with the cobbles using a walking stick, he has no end of fans who stop him to say hello. He’ll pose for photos, but selfies which “make you look awful” are a no-no. There is a great deal of affection for the veteran entertainer. Tickets to his ‘Happy Hour’ sold out almost straight away. He describes it as “a combination of stand-up, ad-libbing with the audience, and also having guests”. As long as the public still find him funny, he said he’ll keep coming back. “I’m in a profession that retires you,” he said. “Once I can no longer do it, don’t make the audience laugh, can’t get on the stage, I’ll be retired, but as long as you can do it they’ll employ you.” So what’s Parsons’ secret to staying young? “Keep moving, keep using your brain. “If you use your brain, that helps to keep you younger…You’ve got to laugh at yourself as well.” Image:Keep moving, keep using your brain, says Parsons regarding how to stay young Parsons started out as a serious actor before moving into cabaret and stand-up in the 50s. It wasn’t long before his skills as a comedy straight man were spotted and, by the 60s, he’d moved into television working with comedian Arthur Haynes. Throughout the 70s he hosted the long-running TV quiz Sale Of The Century and December will mark his 50th year hosting the BBC Radio 4 game show Just A Minute. Despite being a household name, Parsons likes to joke about how he isn’t always recognised now that he’s getting on a bit. “In the cabaret bar here, the queue stretches out into the Pleasance Courtyard… we have to go in and get it set up and I was standing (near the front) and a man said ‘pal, hey pal! This is a queue you know? Get to the back like everyone else!’. “Then his girlfriend said ‘shhh that’s Nicholas Parsons…’. “He said ‘I don’t give a s**t who it is – he can still queue up like everyone else!‘” The Edinburgh Festival and Fringe continues until 28 August. Source link I’m in a profession that retires you was originally published on News London
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Parsons: I'm in a profession that retires you
Nicholas Parsons says it's the "wonderful frissance in the air" that keeps him coming back to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe.
They were quite unable to understand each other on this subject. In Sir Lionel's view of the matter, a profession was--a profession. The word was understood well enough throughout the known world. It signified a calling by which a gentleman, not born to the inheritance of a gentleman's allowance of good things, might ingeniously obtain the same by some exercise of his abilities. The more of these good things that might be obtained, the better the profession; the easier the labour also, the better the profession; the less restriction that might be laid on a man in his pleasurable enjoyment of the world, the better the profession. This was Sir Lionel's view of a profession, and it must be acknowledged that, though his view was commonplace, it was also common sense; that he looked at the matter as a great many people look at it; and that his ideas were at any rate sufficiently intelligible. But George Bertram's view was different, and much less easy of explanation. He had an idea that in choosing a profession he should consider, not so much how he should get the means of spending his life, but how he should in fact spend it. He would have, in making this choice, to select the pursuit to which he would devote that amount of power and that amount of life which God should allot to him. Fathers and mothers, uncles and aunts, guardians and grandfathers, was not this a singular view for a young man to take in looking at such a subject?
"And everything else also," sneered the baron. The baron always sneered at cleverness that was external to his own profession, especially when exhibited by one who, like the noble lord named, should have confined his efforts to that profession.