Welcome to the 'Laughing Gravy Tent'
We meet on the first Thursday of every month
Our next meeting is on 5th April 2018
At our monthly meetings we show Laurel & Hardy films on a giant screen, sell memorabilia, have a raffle, and generally have a good laugh!
Tent meetings are social events with the emphasis on fun and friendship.
The Laughing Gravy Tent
Stars & Co Stars
The Story of the "Laughing Gravy" tent of Birmingham UK begins in the autumn of 1992. John Ullah placed
an advertisement in the "Helpmates" UK magazine for someone in the Birmingham area to help create a
Laurel and Hardy tent in the city. John felt that Birmingham's lack of a Sons of the Desert tent must be
remedied, as the city was the "foundation stone" on which the Sons of the Desert was built, with the first
meetings between the Boys and John McCabe. The city was also the birthplace and still is the home of the
family of one of Laurel & Hardy's team - Charlie Hall. John's Advertisement was answered by two people,
Steve Smith, a television broadcasting engineer, who has an interest in film comedy and cinema theatres and
the late Barrie Finney, a graphic designer and Collector of L&H memorabilia.
He was born in Larbert, NR Falkirk, Scotland on August 27th 1887. After touring the British Music Halls, he moved to the USA to star in the 1912 show ‘Bunty Pulls the Strings’. He made various films for other studios including Mack Sennett, before moving to the Hal Roach Studios. He would go on to appear in 33 Laurel and Hardy comedies.
He is probably the best known and best loved of the entire Laurel and Hardy co-stars. With his bald head and false moustache, he is easily recognisable.
He was the master of the ‘Double-take’ and Stan Laurel would say of him, “He would only have to raise his eyebrow to make me laugh.”
His catch phrase “Doh!” has been adopted by Homer Simpson, of The Simpsons fame.
He died on October 9th 1953.
The Laughing Gravy Tent Birmingham