Professional femulators George Logan and Patrick Fyffe portraying Dr. Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket, better known as Hinge and Bracket. (Suggested by Aunty Marlena.)
Hinge and Bracket started out on the Oxford Footlights (if memory serves me correctly) and became quite stars over the following years. There humour was very dry and based on their musical accomplishments which were high. Recently they seem to have faded from the "scene" but they were a very welcome as public femulators who did not parody women, but celebrated women of a particular type and age.
The actor who played Bracket, Patrick Fyffe, died in 2002. The actor who played Hinge, George Logan, abandoned the act after Fyffe's death.
I had to look twice when I read your Happy Birthday to Del Crandall. You couldn't mean the excellent catcher from the 50s and 60s? I knew of Del Crandall because he was a very good catcher and he played during the sweet spot of my baseball obsession (when baseball was THE sport and people snuck transistor radios into school and work to listen to the World Series, only played during the day, or course. I also remember him from several seasons of playing Strat-O-Matic baseball, a dice baseball game much appreciated by baseball nerds.Is there a story behind your shoutout to Del Crandall?
My catcher's mitt was a Del Crandall model.