James Holloway (1898 - 1975)

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<Archive obituary> <The Times, December 6, 1975>


Jimmy Nervo, remembered as a member of the Crazy Gang, died yesterday in a London hospital. He was 78 and had been ill for some time.

Nervo - real name James Holloway - was associated with the Gang from the 1930s with his friend Teddy Knox (real name Albert Edward Cromwell-Knox), who died a year ago, also aged 78.

Nervo's father was one of the Four Holloways, a circus acrobatic turn. His great grandfather had been a clown, so he was born to a life of buffoonery and balancing. One of his earliest memories was being given a reward of sixpence for his first somersault on a wire.

The comedy team of Nervo and Knox was born in 1918 when the two met in a London street. The partnership thrived and in 1937 they took out an insurance policy for £20,000 against having a tiff. Nervo suffered a series of fractures durng the years of comic falling which delighted millions.

Chesney Allen, the partner of Bud flanagan, stated in an interview in 1972 that it was Nervo and Knox who originated the Crazy Gang with their "Young Bloods of Variety" which introduced features such as the interruptions emanating from boxes and artists roaming round the auditorium. After a successful week at the London Palladium, George Black senior the impresario, plumped for a "crazy month" and then, according to Mr Allen, it was then that Bud Flanagan and himself and Naughton and Gold joined the shows.

It was not until 1962 that the Crazy Gang gave their farewell performance.


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Jimmy Nervo's Timeline

January 2, 1898
December 5, 1975
Age 77