Big Bad Mouse at the Opera House, Liverpool
Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards were appearing in this play and Tommy dropped in on
the pair at the Adelphi Hotel bar. Eric and Jimmy's curtain-up time drew near, and they
had to leave, but not before they had concocted a most outrageous plan. Tommy would
make a surprise appearance on stage with them. The audience were thoroughly
enjoying a most unusual play, when out of the wings strode the genial funnyman,
looking around as if he had made a slight mistake - wrong theatre, wrong time, even
wrong city!! 'Sorry,' rumbled Tommy, 'wrong theatre.' The audience was in hysterics.
'Never mind. I'll show you a little trick,' he said, and took a piece of rope from his pocket,
flicked it, looked disappointed, shrugged his shoulders and said, 'Ah well! that trick never
does work. Bye.' He then proceeded to walk off stage. Eric waited for the laughter to die
down, gave a little cough, and went on with,'Right. Where are we?'
Tommy had one trick where he'd choose someone from the audience - being very
careful to choose the right person - and he'd ask them to hand him a note, a £5 or
a £10 note. Then he'd ask them to look at it and tell him how many songs they could
make from what they saw. They'd usually get Rule Britannia and a few others. When
they say they can't think of any more Tommy would say, "There's one more." And
they'd ask what and Tommy would say, "Bits and pieces," and then he'd rip the note
into tiny shreds.
Ian Mcardle recalled this great story - A friend of mine worked at the old Allinson's night club in Liverpool as a bouncer. Tommy was engaged there for a week and it was sold out. After his final performance of the week Tommy went to the bouncers to talk to and thank them for there help during his engagement. "Thanks boys," he said, "Have a drink on me." and shook my friends hand firmly and pressed an object into his hand. My friend assumed it was a fiver. A tip perhaps for his good work during the week. It was a tea bag!!!
After a Royal Command Performance Tommy was introduced to the Queen.
"Do you think I was funny?" Tommy asked.
"Yes Tommy," replied the Queen.
"You really thought I was funny?", Tommy asked.
"Yes of course I thought you were funny" said the Queen.
"Did your Mother think I was funny?" Tommy asked.
"Yes, Tommy..."said the Queen, ".we both thought you were funny."
"Do you mind if I ask you a personal question?" Tommy asked.
"No, ........." replied the Queen, "...but I might not be able to give you a full answer."
"Do you like football?" asked Tommy.
"Well not really" said the Queen.'
"In that case, ..." said Tommy, "....do you mind if I have your Cup Final Tickets?'"
In March 1977, at a Variety Club lunch in honour of Tommy's 30 years in showbiz, He stood up in front of 400 guests. On cue, each one of them reached into their pocket and pulled out a fez which they stuck on top of their heads. Tom looked at them all for a moment, then, without saying a word, reached into his own pocket, pulled out a fishermans cap and put it on. The whole place fell about.
An unbelievable story:
In Exeter they refused to honour Tommy. The Civic Society bosses turned down a chance to put a Blue plaque on Tommy's childhood home. Chairperson Hazel Harvey said, 'Tommy Cooper just came and went. We go for more cultural people - like the man who wrote Onward Christian soldiers.' 'Mmmmm and what was his name again?
Barry Cryer, recalled this:
A marvellous story about Tommy when he was doing his Army service. He was on sentry duty and he
fell asleep standing up by the side of his sentry box. He literally went and he opened half an eye and
in front of him was his Commanding Officer and the Regimental Sergeant Major. And Tommy thought
.... oh and then closed his eyes and then he opened his eyes once again and said, 'AMEN.'
Robert Agar-Hutton, UK
Many years ago I was an accountant and one of our clients was a large menswear shop in
Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Whilst visiting the client to do their annual accounts I was regaled with
the tale of how Tommy Cooper had been in recently to buy a suit. He tried the suit on and turned to the
staff who were attending him and said 'Do you mind if I take it for a walk around the block' - 'Of course
not, Mr Cooper' was the reply... At which point Tommy 'magically' produced a small block of wood,
placed it on the floor, walked around it and said 'I'll buy it' - Exit Tommy with suit and staff in stitches.