Friday, 18 December 2009

Max Wall

Another "one off" british comedian and eccentric dancer who was always a treat to see back in the early days of television. A real throw back to the days of music hall and variety.

Wikipedia says-

"Wall was a son of the successful music-hall entertainer Jack (Jock) Lorimer, a Scottish comedy actor, known for his songs and dancing, and his wife Stella (born Maud Clara Mitchison). He was born near The Oval, at 37 Glenshaw Mansions, Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9. In 1916, during a First World War air raid, Max and his older brother Alex, were saved from death by a cast iron bed frame, but his younger brother Bunty and their Aunt Betty, who was looking after them, were killed by a bomb dropped from a German Zeppelin which also destroyed their house.

Max and Alex went to live with their father and his family, whilst their mother went to live with Harry Wallace, who she had met on tour. When their father died of consumption in 1920, aged 37, their mother married Harry Wallace, and they all moved to a pub in Essex."

These are for Richard who was looking for some Max Wall and it reminded me of another comedy genius who is greatly missed.


Doctor FTSE said...

Vast Thanks! Some wonderful stuff here. MY family are now convinced Max really was funny!

wastedpapiers said...

No problem Doc. I was glad to re-aquaint myself with these old routines. I defy anybody not to find them hilarious!

C.J.Duffy said...

I agree! Mad Max not. A very funny man and not just his silly walk but the incredible faces he pulls while telling his tales in such a droll manner. The jokes too are good but its is indeed the whole personna that strikes such a chord. Surely an influence on the other Essex genius (me being the other) Lee Evans!?