Posted by Woodchuck on August 24, 2002
In Reply to: Fred Carno's circus posted by James Briggs on August 24, 2002
: Does anyone have any idea where this came from? Was there a 'Fred Carno' and did he have a circus? Thanks.
I wasn't aware such a phrase existed, but yes, there was a Fred Karno.
He was a music hall impressario and his "circus" was a travelling comic opera troupe of the "a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants" variety.
Charlie Chaplin performed with Fred Karno prior to his movie career.