£3,000 - £5,000
Type of Entertainment
Speaker - Sporting
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies
John Virgo is to snooker what Lee Trevino is to golf. Versatility is his by-word and laughter is never far away.
For years John has been one of the circuit’s leading lights, a member of the elite top 16 and a tough competitor. But despite many playing honours he is best known for his off the table activities.
John’s ability to amuse and entertain was first exposed to a major audience when his side-splitting impersonations of fellow stars was broadcast on the BBC during the coverage of the Embassy World Championship. John’s version of Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis and others were uncannily accurate and extremely funny. They were an instant hit and became John’s trademark. Indeed one of the subjects of John’s impersonations once said “John is more like me than me”! Apart from exhibition work, John is now one of the BBC’s most well-respected commentary summarisers and has featured in a number of excellent videos.
However, John has really become a household name since he brought his skills and colourful personality to the job of co-presenter on the phenomenally successful BBC quiz show Big Break with comedian Jim Davidson. The programme was constantly in top ten TV ratings with viewing figures in excess of 12 million each week. Viewers loved the lugubrious JV announcing his now famous catch phrase “Pot as many balls as you can…”
Born in Manchester, John now lives in Surrey. He first made his mark as one of the country’s leading amateurs in the 1960’s and 1970’s when he captured both the British under 16s and under 19s titles and represented England. In 1976 John turned professional and three years later he become the UK champion with a 14-13 win over Terry Griffiths, the then World Champion in a nail biting final. En route to the final John beat Tony Meo, Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor who had denied him a place in the final of the World championship seven months earlier.
The former Chairman of the World Professional; Billiards and Snooker Association, the game’s governing body, is one of snooker’s elder statesmen who is revelling in his new roles.
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