comedian's graveyard

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Theater

  • Nickname for the Glasgow Empire, a venue that was notoriouslytough on English comedians. The joke name became reality in 1918 whenMark Sheridan, a singer of comic songs ('I Do Like to Be Beside theSeaside'), received such a poor reception that he walked to KelvinGrove Park after the show and shot himself.

    The comedian Eric Morecambe said he knew top English performerswho would "rather have open-heart surgery than face Glasgow".His partner Ernie Wise recalled:

    I can remember coming off at Glasgow one night to the soundof our own footsteps! And the fireman said: "They're beginningto like you".
    Other famous names to have played at the Empire include CharlieChaplin and W. C. Fields.
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