We like to feature the performers you see on the ships, but sheer time stops us mounting a huge list. Then we see someone who is just so good we have to stop working on ships and destinations and feature them.
“Jon is the best of the best.” Vice President, Crystal Cruises – and we echo that quote, he is. He gets a Doris Visits 6 Gold Stars.
How some of these performers do not have their own TV show is beyond us, but then its not. We understand why. TV can eat your life and you can spend years without income getting anywhere near a show. Jon has never performed on television, with any well-known orchestras or in any famous stage shows. However, Jon Courtenay should be on TV. He is a talent that excels, that entertains, that just controls the stage and has everyone talking about him. If you have not seen him it is simply because he can only be in one place at a time, on one ship at a time, and a two show shift takes a week.
Jon is a fantastic performer with a unique comedy show combining phenomenal piano skills with some great songs and lots of laughs. His own website says, Jon played the piano at four but his parents said it was far too early and told him to go back to bed. The comedy started when he was told that girls liked a man with good hair or someone that could make them laugh. He had little choice. His humour is simple, so well timed, so incredibly delivered that he is simply the best. But, on top of his showmanship and comedy, I am not sure when I have seen such an impressive pianist. What he does play blows you away, but it is short enough, mixed up enough not to just be a man at a piano, which is exactly what he is. This is a well crafted show. His book on tales from sea, SHIPHEAD is a great cruise ship read. Sometimes found on the swap table but for a few pounds why not buy one and leave it for someone else when read. Click picture to purchase on Amazon.
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