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Do You Know Me by My Catchphrase? Quiz


A lot of comedians and entertainers can be identified just by their catchphrase. Do you remember all of these British celebrities, and can you identify them just from those magic few words?

A multiple-choice quiz by pmarney. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
pmarney
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
361,330
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
1162
Last 3 plays: Guest 148 (10/10), Guest 87 (10/10), Guest 217 (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. This comedian was known from the 1930s to the 1980s, and had a career that spanned films, TV and music hall. Who had the catchphrase, "Hello, Playmates"? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. This 6 foot 4 inch, Fez-wearing Welsh-born giant had an act that revolved around doing very bad magic tricks. His catchphrase was "just like that". Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This Northern Irish comedian first came to note on the ITV TV talent programme "Opportunity Knocks". He was later one of the more prominent acts on another ITV programme called "The Comedians". He had not one but two catchphrases he could be identified with. They were "it's a cracker" and "it's the way I tell 'em". Who was this giant of British comedy? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Born in 1925 in South London, which red-haired comic of TV, radio and films recorded 18 songs, the most famous of which was "My Boomerang Won't Come Back"? He made chart appearances all over the world, and had the well-known catchphrase of "Hello, my darlings". Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This entertainer was sent to Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts by his mother to lose his natural Cockney accent. In the 1950s he was stereotyped into playing amusing English upper class parts in films, and became famous for his catchphrase, "I say, Ding Dong". Who was this comic actor whose parts including roles in some "Carry On" films? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This comedian-cum-presenter came to TV late and was a big hit on "The Generation Game", with catchphrases like "Shut that door!", "What a gay day!" and "Seems like a nice boy!". Who was this presenter with friends called "Everard" and "Slack Alice"? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Rock on Tommy" was one of the catchphrases of what comedian, who had a habit of wearing bright red braces. Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This star of twenty-six "Carry On" films, British TV and radio plays, this speaker could not be missed either by his voice or his catchphrase of "Stop messin' about". Who was this once-seen-and-never-to-be-forgotten star? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. This comedian, who started out by winning his audition on "New Faces" and then later coming in second in the whole series, went on to do more than forge a career as a stand-up comedian. He also presented the BBC shows "Big Break" and "The Generation Game". When he started out, his catchphrase was "Nick, Nick". Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. No quiz about British comedians/entertainers and catchphrases would be complete without the King of the Catchphrase. Who has the catchphrase, "Nice to see you, to see you nice"? Hint



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1. This comedian was known from the 1930s to the 1980s, and had a career that spanned films, TV and music hall. Who had the catchphrase, "Hello, Playmates"?

Answer: Arthur Askey

In addition to the catchphrase, "Hello, Playmates", Arthur Bowden Askey CBE had another two slogans he was well-known for. They were "I thank you" (pronounced "Ay-thang-yaw") and "Before your very eyes". He rose to stardom on the radio programme "Band Waggon" on the BBC in 1938.

He was the star of many films and TV programmes over the following five decades. Arthur carried on working right up till he was admitted to hospital in July 1982. He had both legs amputated after bad circulation led to gangrene of both his legs.

He passed away on the 16th November 1982, aged 82.
2. This 6 foot 4 inch, Fez-wearing Welsh-born giant had an act that revolved around doing very bad magic tricks. His catchphrase was "just like that".

Answer: Tommy Cooper

Tommy Cooper was never really out of the limelight from the late '40s, when he became known through a BBC talent show. He was a member of the "Magic Circle" and respected by regular magicians, although his act revolved around looking like the trick was easy or he had mucked it up. That was never the case, though, and he was a very expert magician.

He died as he lived, on stage performing. On the 15th of April 1984 he had heart attack in front of millions of TV viewers as he was working for the London Weekend Television variety show "Live From Her Majesty's".

Whilst he was having a heart attack, the audience laughed, thinking it was part of the act. His assistants on stage at the time also thought it was a joke until they realised something was seriously wrong.
3. This Northern Irish comedian first came to note on the ITV TV talent programme "Opportunity Knocks". He was later one of the more prominent acts on another ITV programme called "The Comedians". He had not one but two catchphrases he could be identified with. They were "it's a cracker" and "it's the way I tell 'em". Who was this giant of British comedy?

Answer: Frank Carson

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this comedian of Italian descent kept audiences on both TV and his live shows amused up till 2009. In his younger years he spent three years as a member of the Parachute Regiment, mainly in the middle East in the '40s.

In 1987, his charity work was acknowledged by the Roman Catholic Church when he was awarded a papal knighthood of the Order of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II. Frank died at his Blackpool home in 2012 aged 85.
4. Born in 1925 in South London, which red-haired comic of TV, radio and films recorded 18 songs, the most famous of which was "My Boomerang Won't Come Back"? He made chart appearances all over the world, and had the well-known catchphrase of "Hello, my darlings".

Answer: Charlie Drake

Charlie Drake made his first appearance on stage at eight years-old. He served with the RAF during World War II. He turned professional in 1953 and never looked back after that, becoming a regular on British TV shows and appearing in several films. In the 1980s Charlie Drake turned to straight acting.

His work included some Shakespearean plays, and he received an award for his part in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker". He suffered a stroke in 1995, and moved into a retirement home for actors and performers; here he stayed till his death in December 2006.
5. This entertainer was sent to Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts by his mother to lose his natural Cockney accent. In the 1950s he was stereotyped into playing amusing English upper class parts in films, and became famous for his catchphrase, "I say, Ding Dong". Who was this comic actor whose parts including roles in some "Carry On" films?

Answer: Leslie Phillips

Leslie Samuel Phillips was born in 1924. He made his first appearance in a film as a child in the 1930s. Phillips was selected as an officer in The Royal Artillery in 1943, and later transferred to Durham Light Infantry in 1944, but was later declared unfit for service after being diagnosed with a neurological condition.

He was demobbed in 1944 and returned to his life in entertainment. In later life he to went into straight acting, appearing in three of the "Harry Potter" films and various other films.
6. This comedian-cum-presenter came to TV late and was a big hit on "The Generation Game", with catchphrases like "Shut that door!", "What a gay day!" and "Seems like a nice boy!". Who was this presenter with friends called "Everard" and "Slack Alice"?

Answer: Larry Grayson

Born William Sulley White, he was in his mid-50s before he made it big on British TV as host of "The Generation Game". His parents were unmarried. He never met his father and was put up for adoption by his mother when he was just ten days old. He is thought to be one of the first openly gay entertainers on British TV who enjoyed a mass appeal.
7. "Rock on Tommy" was one of the catchphrases of what comedian, who had a habit of wearing bright red braces.

Answer: Bobby Ball

Bobby Ball was a member of the double act "Cannon and Ball", comprised of Bobby Ball and Tommy Cannon. They met in the early '60s and worked the pubs and clubs in the North of England as singers. They switched to comedy after being told it paid £3 a night more than they were paid as singers.

Their first TV appearance was in 1974, although their segment was not broadcast due to the editing. In 1979 they were offered their own series called "The Cannon and Ball Show". This continued through to 1988. Later, the pair made TV adverts and appeared on celebrity reality TV programmes.

Other catchphrases Tommy was famous for were: "That'll do for me cocker!", "You little liar!", "Deep down, you really hate me don't yer!", "Aww, look at it!", "I'm dead excited!", "You've got me skin!", and "Pick up the piggin' phone". Once seen and heard, never to be forgotten.
8. This star of twenty-six "Carry On" films, British TV and radio plays, this speaker could not be missed either by his voice or his catchphrase of "Stop messin' about". Who was this once-seen-and-never-to-be-forgotten star?

Answer: Kenneth Williams

Williams' dream was to become a serious actor, but he found his fame because of the strange and funny voices he used. This got him a lot of work in the field of comedy. Whilst working on the "Carry On" films, which he thought were beneath him, he often criticised others' performances, but the films kept him in work.

He was a regular on the radio programme "Just a Minute" from 1968 to his death in 1988. It could not be decided if his death was a suicide or an accident. His diaries, though, showed he often had suicidal thoughts.
9. This comedian, who started out by winning his audition on "New Faces" and then later coming in second in the whole series, went on to do more than forge a career as a stand-up comedian. He also presented the BBC shows "Big Break" and "The Generation Game". When he started out, his catchphrase was "Nick, Nick".

Answer: Jim Davidson

Since 1974 Jim Davidson was seen on TV as both a stand-up comic and a TV show presenter. "Big Break" ran for 14 series with various specials. Later he relied more on his stand-up routines at end of pier shows, having become classed as "politically incorrect" due to his comments and actions on various celebrity reality shows.
10. No quiz about British comedians/entertainers and catchphrases would be complete without the King of the Catchphrase. Who has the catchphrase, "Nice to see you, to see you nice"?

Answer: Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE's career spanned 76 years by the time of his death in 2017. Although he started out in Music Hall as "Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom" in the '30s, it was the TV programme "Sunday Night at the London Palladium" in the '50s that made him famous. Stints on programmes like "The Generation Game", "Play Your Cards Right", "The Price Is Right" (UK) and "You Bet!" cemented him as Mr Show Business in the UK.

Other catchphrases such as "Didn't he/she/they do well?", "Give us a twirl", and "I hope you're playing this at home" made Bruce the King of the Catchphrase in the UK.

After years of campaigning by his fan club and the British public, he was invested as a knight by Queen Elizabeth in 2011.
Source: Author pmarney

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