Legendary comedian, impressionist, musician and voice over artist, perhaps best known for his television series Cool It (1985–1990), Cool Head (1991) and Phil Cool (1992).
As a 12-year-old at school, Phil Cool discovered he had a skill for pulling faces. Upon leaving school worked briefly in a warehouse and as an electrician, before turning professional as a comedian and impressionist.
His debut television appearance was in the short lived comedy show Rock With Laughter, it was round about this time that he made a career-defining performance at Jasper Carrott’s Folk Club “The Boggery”. Carrott was impressed with Cool’s act and decided to take an active hand in furthering his career.
In 1983 he appeared as a regular on the O.T.T. spin-off Saturday Stayback and, in 1984, he became one of the famous voice over artists for the satirical show Spitting Image, impersonating Boy George, Holly Johnson and Mick Jagger for the first two series. It was during his time on Spitting Image that a producer for the BBC recognised his voice over talent, and got him work on Pebble Mill at One.
After the success of these appearances, he was given his own series called Cool It for the BBC, which was repeated within a matter of months.
In 1989 he appeared in the mini-film Night of the Comic Dead alongside Frank Carson, Karl Howman and Howard Lew Lewis as part of A Night of Comic Relief 2. His third video, Cool ‘N’ Hot, was filmed live at the Royal Leamington Spa Centre in 1989.
In 1992 Cool teamed up with Jasper Carrott and toured the country with their “Carrott & Cool” show. The “Carrott & Cool” tour was the subject for one episode of A Day in the Life for Channel 4 in 1993. The episode took a behind-the-scenes look at the show and tour.
After making a full recovery from a heartattack, Phil returned to the stage with a new show in 2002, and in 2003 he revived his touring partnership with Carrott.
In addition to his solo gigs, Phil Cool toured in 2008 with Ken Nicol, performing as Nicol and Cool, providing a blend of music and comedy impressions. Nicol and Cool toured with folk rock group Fairport Convention as a support act for Fairport’s 2009 winter tour.
Whereas many of his impressionist peers concentrated on mimicking the voice of the target and changing in and out of a succession of make-up and costumes, Cool instead placed an emphasis on thrusting his eyebrows, lips and even, seemingly, his ears into the positions required of the part. Dairy brand Müller capitalised on these talents and featured Phil Cool in TV commercials for the brand’s ‘Corner’ range.