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Life’s a drag
Life’s a drag
In a long and fruitful sketch comedy career, sooner or you will end up wearing a dress. Comedy often happens when you cross some imaginary line of taste in the mind of the viewer/audience and dragging up in a frock seems to be one of those lines. In Shakespeare’s day transvestism on stage was a staple. If you then add Pantomime Dames, the music hall act Old Ma Hubbard, years of comedy gold from Stanley Baxter, Dick Emery and Les Dawson, and in no time at all, you’ll see why putting on the high heels and wig is just one small step for a man.

But what about the children, I hear you cry. And yes, this does seem to be a sensitive area. My own were once overheard explaining to their friends “No, no! My daddy hasn’t worn a dress for ages now.” Here is one occasion a long time ago when I did. This for a TV documentary on the Cambridge Footlights demonstrating that the dressing up box was alive and well in the 1920s. “We are the girls, Don’t you adore us, Varsity pearls, Gracing the chorus” were the lyrics. Not wildly funny but some humour doesn’t travel. Also looking at me in that frock, I’m not sure the lyrics are true.
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