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Bobby Thompson - Private Bobby Thompson (Video)

On: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bobby Thompson
Robert Michael Thompson
(1911-11-18) Penshaw, Sunderland
Nov 18 1911 – Apr 16  1988 age 76

Famous for his broad Pitmatic (County Durham pit village) accent, self-deprecating humour and mastery of the mother-in-law joke, Thompson was affectionately known as The Little Waster due to his short stature, which he often played upon his act, describing himself as "Little Bobby". His most famous outfit was a worn out stripey jumper (Wooly gansey) and flat cap. His ever-present Woodbine cigarette stub, hanging from the corner of his mouth, was also an integral part of his on-stage persona.
His attempts to move beyond North East England were limited by his accent and the regional bias of his humour, although he did enjoy some success with the BBC show, Wot Cheor Geordie.
He was also renowned for his problems with the tax man, stemming from the fact that he never seemed to pay any. This was an unfortunate fact that he turned to humour in his stage act.
Problems with drink, finances and his health affected his career in the 1970s, but he remained a North East favourite, particularly on the club scene, until shortly before his death.

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Regional Stand-up

1 comments on "Bobby Thompson - Private Bobby Thompson (Video)"

SERENITY said...

"Regional Stand-up".... Nice one Jim

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