Pete and Dud's taxi driver
Pete and Dud's taxi driver's skit about having Bertrand Russell in the back of the cab seems to have been based on a real incident . As recounted by TS Eliot's wife in this letter to the Times:
Letter to the Times, Feb. 10, 1970:
My husband, T.S. Eliot, loved to recount how late one evening he stopped a taxi. As he got in, the driver said: 'You're T.S. Eliot.' When asked how he knew, he replied: 'Ah, I've got an eye for a celebrity. Only the other evening I picked up Bertrand Russell, and I said to him: 'Well, Lord Russell, what's it all about,' and, do you know, he couldn't tell me.'
here's the pete and dud script