Ray’s A Laugh, 1949
Ted Ray was the popular British comedian of the 1950’s and 1960’s. He’s probably best remembered for his Radio Show “Ray’s A Laugh” As a music hall performer he would play the violin badly as part of his act Nedio the Gypsy Violinist.
In 1949 he started his own Radio show making a success of it but neither the name Nedio or Charlie Olden (Ted Ray’s real name) appeared anywhere in the show. Instead Olden called himself Ted Ray (after a golfer) and it was this name that was used in the show.
Ray’s A laugh was a domestic comedy with musical interludes and featured one or two well known names in supporting roles during the early part of their careers.
Based around the fictitious Cannon Enquiry Agency, characters would include Ray’s wife (played by Kitty Bluett), his brother-in-law (played by Fred Yule). An early appearance by Kenneth Connor as Sidney Mincing and billing himself as an impressionist a young 23 year old Peter Sellers.
In later series the focus moved to Ray’s new departure as a reporter for the Daily Bugle and the musical items were dropped.
Radio Channel: BBC Light Programme
Transmission: 1949 – January 1961