Tommy Cooper’s Fez

14 January 2022

This fez is regarded as an icon of 20th-century comedy. Tommy Cooper (1921-1984) was a much loved stage and then TV entertainer who would reduce audiences to tears of laughter with his magic tricks that appeared to fail. His catchphrase became ‘Just like that’ accompanied by a shrug of his large shoulders. Welsh born, he habitually wore a red fez on stage having borrowed one from a waiter when performing in Cairo while in the army. He was known as a prop comedian using everyday objects in humorous ways. A member of The Magic Circle, Cooper died of a heart attack on stage, live on TV.

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