Today’s fancy dress theme suggestion is ‘Comedy’. Now we have choosen this costume theme today as we celebrate the birth
of one of the great modern comedians – Billy Connolly. Born in 1942, Billy’s troubled early life has been well documented, but he moved from welding ships in the Glasgow docks through being a folk-singer with ‘The Humblebums’ (Gerry Rafferty of ‘Baker Street’ fame was a member) to the internationally renowned comedian and actor we know today.
Having a theme just based on Billy Connolly, even we admit, would be quite difficult, so you could look at this theme in a couple of different ways.
You could attend the party wearing a funny of silly or joke costume (although most fancy dress costumes are generally guaranteed to raise a laugh, some are designed to be classed as a ‘novelty item’ from the off). At Props n Frocks we stock a large range of novelty fancy dress costumes, although please be warned some of them are not suitable for a party where children would be attending!
And then you can start to look at some of our famous comedians. Let’s take a look at just a few to give you some ideas…
Laurel & Hardy – an easy costume to put together, you may need to purchase a bowler hat and moustache
Charlie Chaplin – again a dark suit is required and we stock bowler hats, moustaches and canes to get the finished look
Dawn French – easiest to potray her as The Vicar of Dibley, although her partnership with Jennifer Saunders will also give you some brilliant ideas.
Jennifer Saunders, best known, without Dawn French as Edina in Absolutely Fabulous
Jim Carrey – dress up as one of his famous characters
Please drop us a line if you have a fantastic comedy idea as this will help others.
As regular readers of this blog will know, we try to give you different reasons for having a fancy dress party based on history and we try and use some fancy dress ideas that you may not have thought about. In past years August 19th has seen the loss of great comedic talent. On this date in 1976, Scottish actor Alistair Sim, probably best known for the early St Trinian films but also involved in classics such as ‘Green for Danger’ and ‘The Green Man’ (often shown in the ‘afternoon film’ slot on telly) passed away. A year later, in 1977, possibly the best known of the Marx brothers, Groucho, died. The two actors had contrasting styles – Sim’s droll, lugubrious delivery against Groucho’s quick-fire wit – but their work has not dated as much as that of some other comedians and continues to entertain. As mentioned in a previous blog, Groucho is commemorated in one of the ‘O’s in the famous Hollywood sign, as his death coincided with the appeal for donors to renovate the iconic symbol. The rock star Alice Cooper ‘bought’ the letter in honour of the comedian, with whom he was good friends.
To broaden out the comedy costume theme, you could include the ‘Carry On’ films – which gives you a huge range of costumes to choose from. We are preparing an information page on all the cary on films – so watch this space!
There have been so many iconic comedy masters, Tommy Cooper, Laurel & Hardy (for a couples fancy dress choice) & Charlie Chaplin to name just a few. We are sure that you can think of some more.