There was Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and the rest and
Tommy Cooper, all fez and size 13 boots. He walks on stage with a pair
of glasses with antlers stuck on them. 'Uh-huh. Horn-rimmed glasses'
Then the gag about going to see his doctor. 'I had to. He was ill.'
Curiously the Americans loved him. The U.S. press said he was the high
spot of the show. Tommy said, "No wonder I'm six feet four, the rest of
the performers are three feet six." The hotel was bowled over.
On his way back to the U.K. he stopped in New York where he was
couldn't accept it. He was booked solidly for the next two years in
In March 1963, Tommy returned to the United States to do a couple of
It was interesting to note that Ed, who could make or break acts without a second glance, took a shine to Tom.