Norman didn't see the joke
WHEN working at the Hippodrome in the sixties, I remember when Norman Wisdom, who was appearing in the Christmas pantomime at the time, had to present a cheque to a Bristol man who had won £75,000 on the football pools – a small fortune in those days.
Before the presentation the man had been celebrating in the Bunch of Grapes, the pub opposite, so when Norman had to congratulate him for winning the cheque, the man was so drunk he was falling about everywhere, which was what made Norman famous. Everyone was in fits of laughter, except Norman who did not find it funny at all. Some of the words he said about the man afterwards would be unprintable.
Norman Wisdom was a very good comedian in his time but when other people were getting the laughs, it didn't go down well.