About Albert Edward Cromwell-Knox
<The Times, December 4, 1974>
Teddy Knox, the comedian, has died in a Devon hospital at the age of 78.
He was the second half of Nervo and Knox who appeared for over 30 years with the Crazy Gang at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London. Knox, who had been ill for some time, lived in retirement in Salcombe, Devon.
His real name was Albert Edward Cromwell-Knox and his partnership with Jimmy Nervo (James Holloway) was a long standing one. Many years ago when looking back over what was already a 41-year partnership, they reckoned they had broken about 60,000 eggs over each other's heads. They had played in America where they they were with Flo Ziegfeld's Follies for two years, and in other parts of the world, sharing a dressing room and rarely apart at other times.
The early 1930s saw the arrival of the Crazy Gang which added a new dimension to comedy in the variety theatre. Chesney Allen, Bud Flanagan's old partner, in a newspaper interview which appeared in the Guardian in 1972, stated that it was Nervo and Knox who started the Crazy Gang with "Young Bloods of Variety" incorporating features which had not been done before, such as interruptions from the boxes, and artists walking round the auditorium.
After a successful week at the London Palladium George Black, senior, had decided to run a "crazy month" and according to Mr Allen, it was then that Bud Flanagan and himself and Naughton and Gold joined the shows, not forgetting "Monsewer" Eddie Gray. It was not until 1962 that the Crazy Ganf gave their farewell performance.
The "interruption" gag which Nervo and Knox did so expertly was said to have originated when they butted in unannounced into a Jack Hylton band programme; it was not even playing in the same theatre as the comedians.