Max Wall: A Unique Comic Talent

Born in Brixton, South London, into
a music hall family on March 12 1908, Max (real name Maxwell George Lorimer) became one of the most original and versatile
entertainers of the twentieth century.
His father, Jack Lorimer, 'The Hielan Laddie’, was a popular Scots comedian who appeared at many major theatres and wrote and recorded his own songs, and his mother, Stella Stahl, was a singer who often appeared on the same
bill as her husband.


The young Max, as a ‘child in the wings’, as he put it, became steeped in the atmosphere of music hall and encountered many of the early stars of the medium.

 

By the early 20s, his father had died and Stella was remarried to another music hall artiste, Harry Wallace, who became Max’s professional mentor. Aged 14, Max joined
a touring pantomime company and gave himself the stage name Max Wall, taken from Harry’s surname.