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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 May 2007, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
The man behind the nicknames

By Saj Chowdhury
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Crucible MC Richard Beare
Beare took over from previous MC Alan Hughes at The Crucible

You may have seen him introduce countless sessions at the World Snooker Championship, but how much do you know about the man behind the mic?

The Crucible's Master of Ceremonies, Richard Beare, took time out of his busy schedule to tell BBC Sport about his interesting choice of career.

How did you get the Crucible gig?
I used to fill in for former Crucible MC Alan Hughes when he couldn't make the snooker exhibitions because of his involvement with helping promoter Barry Hearn and his boxing events.

He's hoping to take this coveted trifle back to Asia

One of Richard's rare slips of the tongue

I first got chatting to Alan through my wife Mandy Fisher, who was the former ladies' world champion and world number one.

Alan said if anything came his way then he would help me out and one of the Crucible tournament officials also said the same.

Nothing came of that straight away but through the official I ended up doing the World Bowls and then when Alan and World Snooker parted company, I was asked to fill his shoes.

Do you get butterflies introducing the players to the Crucible audience and to camera?

Anybody who does live TV gets nervous. The trick is to control those nerves and turn it into positive energy. It's good to be nervous - it gives you the edge and sharpness.

What else do you do?
I entertain the crowd for about 10 minutes before each match at the World Bowls - I tell a few jokes, chat to the audience and sing a few songs.

The owners of the resort where they host the bowls liked what I did and asked me to compere for their new theatre. So I do that before their shows, five nights a week.

Have you always been a bit of a comedian?
I used to be part of a comedy trio called the Brother Lees - they were a very family friendly.

I'm one of those guys who believes you don't have to swear and be rude to be funny.

Have you made any mistakes?
You can go out there with a script in mind, but for some reason your brain starts playing tricks.

There's a list of nicknames in my dressing room

Richard Beare

Last year, I wrote two introductions that happened to be quite similar. I had one for Marco Fu, "he's hoping to become the first Asian player to win this coveted title". I also had one for his opponent Graeme Dott, "he's hoping to win this coveted trophy".

I ended up saying, "he's hoping to take this coveted trifle back to Asia". At the end of the championship they ended up presenting a real trifle to me!

Do you have plans to do cabaret full-time?
I've been there and done that. I was a solo artist for 10 years and then with the comedy trio.

I've had enough of driving here, there and everywhere.

Have you ever had adverse reaction to your stand-up routine?
Nope. Well, not that I remember. It's... erm... all been well received.

Back to the snooker, have you made up any nicknames for the players?
I came up with "the Merlin of Milton" for Stephen Maguire, then "the Captain" for Ali Carter.


There's "the Melbourne Machine" for Neil Robertson and "Eagle-Eyed" Mark Allen. For Judd Trump, I named him "Ace". I'm sure there's a few more I've come up with - there's a list in my dressing room.

How long do you think you'll stick with MC job at the Crucible?
As long as I can get away with it.


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