And, feeling like an ex-vaudevillean, not the life and soul of the party this time out, I remembered the words of Dan Leno "Ah, what is Man? Wherefore does he why? Whence did he whence? Wither is he withering?"
For some more glimpses of English Music Hall (UK Vaudeville) see this article, although I don't agree about Seinfeld (a comic I like), I do agree about Max Wall (who I saw live a couple of times).