It’s a Gaunt outlook on life!
PUBLISHED: 15:32 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009
FROM care to a comedy club to bankruptcy to radio and TV. It s all been in the heady mix that is the life of Jon Gaunt – the outspoken TV and radio personality who will host a show at the Alban Arena this Friday. The 46-year-old told the WHT: I say what
FROM care to a comedy club to bankruptcy to radio and TV.
It's all been in the heady mix that is the life of Jon Gaunt - the outspoken TV and radio personality who will host a show at the Alban Arena this Friday.
The 46-year-old told the WHT: "I say what the man on the street says or what some people really want to say and, if I get sacked, tough.
"Because of my life and how I have worked hard, I feel I can do that."
"Most media staff are lefties, which is one of the reasons I think I'm successful in the media - because I am not."
He was born in Coventry and brought up in the police house where his father was an officer, but at the age of 12 his mother died.
"Her dying wish was that my father kept us together, which he did nobly for a year, but was a hard drinker so it didn't work," said the father-of-two.
"I then ended up in a children's home for a bit until my aunt rescued me and took me back to Hull with her."
As a teenager he later returned to Coventry and discovered a passion for drama, studying it at Birmingham University.
He eventually founded his own theatre, Tic Toc, in Coventry, which featured the likes of Clive Owen, Frank Skinner and Julian Clary, and was script writing for TV programmes like Emmerdale.
But a couple of years later his building's rates increased and he went bankrupt.
He lost everything except his wife, Lisa.
However a chance meeting with a friend led him into radio and it has been a passion of his ever since.
He now works on radio show Talk Sport, is a weekly columnist for The Sun newspaper, features on various TV shows and has written a book, Undaunted.
He said: "I have been up there and I have been down at the bottom.
"But I am a great believer that you are the only person who can change your situation and bounce back, but only through hard work and application."
Jon Gaunt's show starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £16.