I posted something the other day in the comments section about the importance of a clown's originality in character, material and costuming... I take it all back now.
I'm stealing this; lock, stock and barrel ; )
This is "Monsewer" Eddie Gray, certifiable lunatic and member of the notorious Crazy Gang.
"Monsewer" Eddie Gray was a stage comedian who performed in Music Halls.
He was born on 10 June 1898 in Pimlico, London as Edward Earl Gray. He became a professional juggler, but by the time he was twenty, he had extended to comedy. He discovered what became his trademark of "Cockney-French" while performing in Paris, France, when he spoke on the stage in his very bad French. The audience, however, liked it and he used it in his act from then on. His stage costume included a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and a looped moustache. He joined with the comedy pair Nervo and Knox in the Crazy Shows, but went solo in the early 1920s. He rejoined them again in 1957 when he was associated with the Crazy Gang shows at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.
He married Marie Loftus Jones in 1927 and they had two sons. He died on 15 September 1969 in Worthing, Sussex.