Bobby Thompson: The Little Waster
This was the almost unanimous opinion of both audiences and fellow performers. After something like fifty years of comedy and working almost exclusively in the North's clubland, he commanded high earnings and large crowds.
Bobby Thompson was admired and loved as a hero of the working class, who was able to turn tales of harsh experiences into the stuff of laughter.
This video shows Bobby at his peak, with full length versions of his most famous acts, The Little Waster and The Old Soldier, an account of his contribution to the Second World War, including an encounter with Adolf Hitler down the chip shop.
The video also contains a documentary film shot during his final years, in which he speaks frankly about his origins, and problems with debt, dole and drink.
First released: Monday 28th February 2005
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