D.C Editor Adam writes… Okay, he was a cartoonist rather than a stand-up comedian…
… but he made almost everyone laugh, so we're counting him in on our Trail.
But why almost? Who didn't get the joke? Lord Halifax and Adolf Hitler, to name but two.
Low's cartoons of the 1930's lampooned Herr Hitler to such an extent that the little Austrian painter and decorator complained to the British government. High-ranking Conservative Halifax suggested that Low should tone down his work.
At the end of the war it emerged that Hitler, had he conquered humanity, had plans to arrest Low as a public enemy.
David Low was knighted in 1962. His plaque (above) can be found in Hampstead. He once said:
"I have learned from experience that, in the bluff and counterbluff of world politics, to draw a hostile war lord as a horrible monster is to play his game. What he doesn't like is being shown as a silly ass."
You can read more on David Low at The Daily Constitutional's Cartoon & Comic Book Tour Of London.
Join London Walks guide & comedian Andrew Lukas in Soho this Sunday 2nd August at 10:45a.m for his tour THE MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS – A HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE COMEDY. There's no need to book, the tour costs £10 with £8 for students and over 65's. NB the tour is NOT suitable for children. Meet at Leicester Square tune exit1.
A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.