I have headlined this rude, vulgar and swearing so that there will be great interest in this clip. Nevertheless the warning is quite valid.
Born of Jewish Ukrainian parents, Sophie Tucker was a female performer of a plain appearance in the
early to mid twentieth century . The BBC has a brilliant
podcast about Sophie online here somewhere.
Sophie died, no one would have remembered her if not for Bette Midler, who began her career as a performer in gay bath houses in the US,
bathhouses being places where gay men would visit to connect.
Midler is just great, with the only blight on her brilliance being the
song Wind Beneath My Wings, but I expect she has made a lot of money
from that. I can't bear the song.
Bette took over the
Sophie persona and repeated many of Sophie's performances and jokes with great
aplomb. As adorable as Sophie must have been and Bette is too, this clip
is quite vulgar. I ran it past R and he laughed a lot. The jokes are
old and tired now, but Bette's delivery is just great. Hard to believe
how Sophie got away with such stuff in the early to mid nineteen
hundreds. I did not know Joanna Lumley hosted a talk/performance
show. I don't think we saw it here.
Clasp at your
pearls in mock horror as you must girlfriends, but don't tell me you
didn't laugh. The jokes are ones I have heard before, so therefore I
think I laughed more at the apology to the English.
clip is 4:22 and I think the music and singing adds to it, so do watch
the whole thing. It's your own brief cabaret experience at home.