P.S. I am clever than you, have more hair and should have been captain. DS
Althoug your Arthur Askey story is highly nostalgig it is also, I am afraid, inaccurate. In actual fact Arthur Askey was an evil sycopathic b*****d!
Arthurs mother had acute hearing problems which she was extremely embarrased about. She had such a problem with this that words such as "pardon", "you what" and "speak up big nose" where banned in the Askey house hold. She did have a hearing trumpet which was cunningly disguised as a Rolph Harris Stylaphone, to be honest this wasn't really very affective . Anyway during Arthurs first big show at the Scunthorpe Winter Gardens in 1935 Arthurs Mother was sat at the back of the room. When he came out with the "can you hear me at the back mother" line everyone turned around pointing at the old dear laughing, this was to much for Mrs Askey who literally died of embarrasment. Unperturbed, Arthur completed the show and went on to make this deadly phrase his own. He was also Hitlers best mate and is related to Saddam Hussain, George W Bush and the MacDonalds Hamburgler, what more proof do you need.
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P.S. I am clever than you, have more hair and should have been captain.