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Dingbats, The

A speciality act beloved of Crackerjack and middleweight pantomimes, The Dingbats were a group of tumbling clowns in various vintage ‘comedy’ costumes (Superman, Keystone Cop, Groucho Marx, etc.) who perfected a mad little five-minute routine involving pratting about with a vaulting horse and a crash mat. All the gags were there: being ‘too scared’ to jump off the horse and causing a pile-up, sailing over the thing in a nonchalant ‘lying by a limpid stream’ pose, lifting up the mat so the next one missed it, landing astride the upended mat with a pained expression, and so on. They kept going for the best part of two decades, so a variety of line-up changes must have taken place, we assume.

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  1. Richard16378

    May 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Clips of them used to turn up on Hart Beat IIRC.

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