Schnozzle Durante


Following Morecombe and Wise’s seminal Jimmy Durante sketches where Eric Morecombe sat at a piano with a white paper cup over his mouth and playing “sittin’ at my piano the other day…” my dad appropriated the idea for himself and regularly regaled us with it.

As we grew older it seemed to become his own.

However, my youngest siaster Emily revealed to me yesterday that a conversationhad taken place with my Dad whilst he was visiting her in Australia a few years ago. 

After a grand day out my dad performed the paper cup routine and Emily made the phenomenal faux pas of asking my dad why Jimmy Durante always performed with a white paper cup in his mouth.


How she will have the piss taken out of her for years to come.