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Arthur Askey Arthur Askey (1900-1982) b. Liverpool, England. Arthur Askey The diminutive British comedian with a treasure-chest full of catch-phrases started his working life as a clerk with the Liverpool education Committee, and never quite lost the regional accent that penetrated his light speaking voice. His facility for making people laugh soon led him to the world of concert parties and piers and he had become a top seaside entertainer by 1926. He also enjoyed playing pantomime dames…

Will Hay - The people I went to university with had never heard of him but have fond childhood memories of watching his dark take on slapstick.