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A talented comedian with a treasure-chest full of catch-phrases. He started his working life as a clerk with the Liverpool education Committee, and never lost his Liverpool accent. His facility for making people laugh soon led him to the world of concert parties and he became a top seaside entertainer by 1926. He enjoyed playing pantomime dame, an activity he kept up till the very end of his career. Fame came in January 1938 with the first broadcast of Band Waggon, the first British radio comedy show to present its stars in situations, rather than as stand-up comics.