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I was in the band as a boy and was taught music and learned to compose.
– Norman Wisdom
Well if I was going to describe my audience, it’s going to take longer than you’d ever expect, hundreds of years in fact, because there’s many of them, all over the world.
I can never tell a joke, I’ve always found it easier to just fall over.
I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano.
I was born in very sorry circumstances. Both of my parents were very sorry.
All my boyhood, all I ever wanted was to be loved.
I’ve been extremely lucky having been in the army when I was a boy of fourteen.
You know I’ve got a chum, a smashing mate, he’s got a dog with no legs, and he calls it a cigarette. It’s true, yeah, because at nighttime he has to take it out for a drag.
You see I’m semi-retired now and don’t work all the time, only most of it!
I used to first go on to entertain an audience. But now I go, and this is really true – I go on to have fun with a crowd of my chums.
It was absolutely thrilling to meet Laurel and Hardy, they were so nice.
Such is life and life is such and after all it isn’t much. First a cradle. Then a hearse. It might have been better, but it could have been worse.
I owe everything to the army.
I was born in London, and went to school in Scotland – I used to be dead tired when I got home at night.
At my age, the radiation will probably do me good.
I’ve always had a sense of humour, and I still do, so I just want to go on performing as long as I can. It’s as simple as that.
I don’t know nothing about communism. But I know the Albanians loved me. Same reason as anyone else loves me. Because I made them laugh.
There are people who like just ordinary comedy fun, and making mistakes – which I do easily – and then there are people who like the falling over.
I’ve got one idea I want to do for a film and you know I just enjoy myself doing bits and pieces.
I like consistency. If you’ve had a childhood like mine, you want some things you can rely on to stay the same.
As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.
My comedy is for children from three to 93. You do need a slightly childish sense of humour and if you haven’t got that, it’s very sad.
In fact, one was so booked out we went from March and were to go till November, but the pantomime was booked so they transferred the show to the Prince of Wales Theatre because it was so packed out, and it ran on from there.
I’ve done seven shows at the Palladium – long running shows I’m talking about.
But no, I’ve just been very lucky. But I’ve worked hard, and the harder you work, the luckier you seem to get.
I’m still constantly thinking of ideas. I don’t feel 90. I think I’m about 12.