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Hairy moments for Harry H Corbett filming Terry Gilliam’s “Jabberwocky”

Hirsute, suited Harry H Corbett in the 1970s

In my last blog, I mentioned I had buggered my back.

Before that, I went to a one-off screening of Terry Gilliam’s 1977 movie Jabberwocky.

Before the screening, Terry Gilliam mentioned what it was like working with Harry H Corbett. 

Corbett achieved fame in the BBC TV sitcom Steptoe and Son and played a small but memorable part in Jabberwocky. Terry Gilliam said:

Harry H Corbett (right) & Wilfred Brambell in Steptoe and Son

Harry H Corbett – Steptoe & Son – brilliant, absolutely brilliant. But there was a little problem on Jabberwocky.

My wife Maggie was head of the make-up department and she had to go see Harry and talk about his medieval haircut. 

He was there with a nice full head of hair.

She said: “We can do it by cutting it like this…”

And he said: “Neuwaaagh….” and said he thought maybe a wig would be better.

Well OK…

So Maggie goes into her kit and pulls out a wig and starts putting it on him and she’s fiddling with his head and his hair is… Wait!… He is wearing a wig already! 

And he was not going to have that trimmed in a medieval style. Clearly.

So, throughout the whole film, he is wearing a wig over a wig.

“When it came to lying under a bed and getting the bed squashed on him… He was happy with those things…”

Harry was brilliant. I wouldn’t say he was the easiest person to work with, but he was absolutely wonderful.

When it came to lying under a bed and getting the bed squashed on him… He was happy with those things. 

It was just bizarre knowing this man was wearing two wigs.

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Comic confusion – comedy performer Louise Reay and her rather large wig?

Louise Reay, cleaning a great wall

Louise Reay has an unfeasible amount of hirsuteness about her

Sandra Smith, this blog’s South Coast correspondent, gets about a bit.

And comedy performer Louise Reay has a lot of hair.

Yesterday, I got an email from Sandra saying:

I went to see Michael Brunström last night at The Museum of Comedy in London. What a lovely venue and thoroughly enjoyed Michael’s show. Giacinto Palmieri was there and Louise Reay, with her husband. It’s just occurred to me that Louise was wearing her wig, unless she’s got quick-growing hair.

I replied: She has a WIG???

Louise Reay’s show poster at this year’s Brighton Fringe

Louise Reay’s show poster at this year’s Brighton Fringe

Sandra replied: That’s the way I’m used to seeing her, but in Brighton after the gig she had short hair, unless THAT was a wig.

I told Sandra: She couldn’t put a short hair wig over that mountain of hirsuteness.

She replied: Perhaps in Brighton, I confused her with a look-a-likee. Now I’m not sure. There’s no polite way of asking her ………. or is there?

No there is not. But, obviously, Sandra asked her anyway – on Facebook – prompting this dialogue:

LOUISE: Just found out someone saw my twin at my show and thought it was me. They have been thinking I had a shaved head all this time and I wear a wig for my show! Hahahahaha hahahaha!

SANDRA: I wondered at the Museum, why you were wearing your ‘gig wig’ out. Trying to dig my way out of the very large hole I have created, I have to say that you do have very lovely hair.

Louise Reay’s image of herself on her website

Louise Reay’s image of herself as displayed on her own website

LOUISE: Haha not at all – The whole of Asia also thinks my hair is a wig and lots of my parents-in-laws’ friends have wondered the same thing.

This, twinned with the presence of my twin at the Brighton Fringe, well, it’s completely understandable! And also hilarious.

At this point, Louise Reay’s twin sister Steph posted: I got the same thing when Louise’s posters went up all over Brighton: “Hey, I don’t know you had a show in the Fringe. What’s the story with the big wig?”

To avoid any future confusion, here is a photo of Louise (right) and Steph (left), both wearing their real hair:



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