Review: An Evening With John Motson, Gloucester Guildhall
GRECO Roman wrestling, commentating alongside Muhammad Ali and being poked fun at by football legend Brian Clough – John Motson has seen it all.
And the veteran broadcaster, who has commentated in 49 countries, was happy to share his experiences with an audience at Gloucester Guildhall.
Among the wealth of anecdotes on offer was a particularly amusing tale which saw Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson clamber into the commentary booth at Wimbledon as Motson covered a tennis match.
As a producer tried to keep Motson focused on the match, Nicholson took hold of a mic and said: "Tell them the score, Johnny."
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An articulate Motty held a captive audience in the palm of his hands throughout the night with his likeable personality coming into its own as staff scurried around to correct technical issues affecting a montage of footballing moments.
Living up to his reputation as a man of the people, the evening proved a delight.