There are so many comedians in History that were some of the founding fathers as to what the genre is today.. Over the next few weeks we are going to have a look at a handful of comedians from the 1800s that were popular at the time and were leading the way with laughter. This week we look at – Harry Weldon.
Harry Weldon was an English Comedian and music hall performer who was popular in the 1910s. He was born as the name James Henry Stanley in 1881 in Liverpool.
Sadly, a lot of Weldon’s work has been forgotten today however his famous sketch ‘Stiffy the Goalkeeper’ keeps his name alive to this day. The sketch was recorded in 1912 with Charlie Chaplin. When performed with the young Chaplin it became famous and very much in demand.
The sketch had a fourteen week run in London and after the sketch’s run ended Harry still used Stiffy as his main character. He did two Royal Command shows. In 1923 he became ill however returned to his career after his illness. He sadly passed away in South Africa in 1930 at the age of 49 from illness. So here is a clip of his famous song Stiffy the Goalkeeper.