Ian Lavender: Why I Love Ben Turpin

Ben Turpin is one of our finest and most neglected on-screen performers.

With his trademark crossed eyes and thick moustache he made scores of classic slapstick films alongside the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and ‘Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle’, Turpin’s true forte was impersonating the most dashingly romantic and sophisticated stars of the day and turning them into clumsy oafs. Almost forgotten today, in his heyday, he was one of the funniest and most successful slapstick performers in the business.

Join Dad’s Army’s very own stupid boy! Private Pike AKA Ian Lavender as he introduces three laugh out loud Turpin classics with live musical accompaniment.

With live piano accompaniment from Stephen Horne.

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