Posted by James Briggs on September 20, 2004
We discussed this a couple of years ago. Yesterday, on a TV antiques programme, a collector of Punch and Judy memorabilia - he had hundreds of items - said it came from Mr Punch, who always had a humped back. It's said that Punch stored his frustrations, etc in his hump. Likewise 'slapstick comedy' came from him since he was always knocking other characters about with his stick, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Any comments?