Norman Wisdom RIP

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

Sir Norman Wisdom is dead. Shit.

The bumbling comic was born in 1915, too late to deploy his lethal comic genius against The Hun. A colourful upbringing involved working as a coal miner, waiter and cabin boy before serving in the army in India, possibly providing inspiration for Carry on up the Khyber. During Hitler’s war, he worked in a communications switchboard where he came into repeated contact with Winston Churchill, who was a big fan of pie-in-the-face gags.


After the war, his career in the ascendant, he went on to star in many slapstick comedy films, playing the role of the ham fisted, clownish Norman Pitkin. These films found a unexpected audience in Albania, where they were one of the few Western imports allowed under the Hoxha dictatorship. To the end of his life, Wisdom remained hugely popular in Albania, and can safely be said to be the main reason the West won the Cold War.

In his later years, Wisdom starred in many plays, musicals and TV shows as film roles dried up, where his various talents were still in demand. In 2000, he was knighted by the Queen.  A supporter of various charities and local sports teams, Wisdom is survived by his children Nicholas and Jacqueline.

Norman Wisdom, anti-communist crusader, secret agent and clown extraordinaire, 1915 – 2010.

  1. fumpdibbidy says:

    dunno who guy is, but the “recognise” under his pic was funny… RIP guy (badass name too)

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