About Edward Earl Gray
'Monsewer' Eddie Gray was a stage comedian who performed in Music Halls.
He was born on 10 June 1898 in Pimlico, London as Edward Earl Gray. He became a professional juggler, but by the time he was twenty, he had extended to comedy. He discovered what became his trademark of "Cockney-French" while performing in Paris, France, when he spoke on the stage in his very bad French. The audience, however, liked it and he used it in his act from then on. His stage costume included a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and a looped moustache. He joined with the comedy pair Nervo and Knox in the Crazy Shows, but went solo in the early 1920s. He rejoined them again in 1957 when he was associated with the Crazy Gang shows at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.
He married Marie Loftus Jones in 1931 and they had two sons. He died on 15 September 1969 in Worthing, Sussex.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0336596/ -------------------- <The Times, Setember 16, 1969>
MONSEWER E. GRAY
Edward Earl Gray, known to his public as Monsewer Eddie Gray the comedian who was an original member of the Crazy Gang died yesterday at the age of 71.
He was apprenticed by his father to a troupe of jugglers when he was nine years old. His first engagement brought him five shillings a night but later went on a world tour with Harry Lauder.
Eddie Gray was an entertainer whose career lasted from the 1920s until 1969. As "Monsewer" Eddie Gray he was a member of the now legendary "Crazy Gang" from its foundation in 1931 until its dissolution in 1962, attempting to bring a certain quality of civilization and a ludicrously misapplied and misunderstood learning to the anarchic activities of his colleagues.
Eddie Gray flamboyantly attempted elegance: his evening dress did not fit, nor was it in good repair; his top hat had seen better days, but they were worn like badges, with panache. His conversation was literary; Shakespearean instances and examples slipped as it were automatically from his lips, and it was rarely possible to prevent him from telling the story, as he misremembered it, of one of the plays; Romeo and Juliet was a firm favourite. A startling, thick Cockney accent and an assumed fervour of delivery made it clear that as a private individual he had no high regard for the master whose works were his speciality, but his reliance on talk in a company which specialized in vigorous and violent action, made him an invaluable member of the team as well as a man notably funny in his own right.
His final performance was at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, on Friday night. He had gone to see his old friends Elsie and Doris Waters perform and he was called onto the stage and given a big ovation.