Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Classic TV (?): Tommy Cooper (1973)

Thames on 9 week has come and gone, but we still have some entries from that period to serve up.

Next on the list is Tommy Cooper, the magician-comedian who headlined a self-titled series for Thames from 1973-80 in either a half-hour (as shown on WOR) or one hour format. With his signature fez atop his head, you'd be forgiven if you mistook Cooper for an ambassador or a member of the Shriners.

Nic Nolan put together the following montage of gags and sketches.

Sadly, Cooper passed away from a heart attack during a live performance in 1984. Influenced by his countrymen, Stan Laurel & Bob Hope, among others, Cooper added magic to his act, but I am not sure if it got him across the pond like his idols.

No rating. Didn't see the show when it aired on WOR.

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