A Comedian's Comedians by John Korn

16 Feb 2022 – 14 Mar 2022

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12:00 – 16:00
12:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 15:00
12:00 – 16:00
12:00 – 16:00
12:00 – 16:00
12:00 – 16:00

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Lauderdale House

London, United Kingdom


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  • BUSES: 143, 210, 271 (direct to the house), 4, 17, 41, 43, 134, 263, C11 (to Archway Station), 4 and C11 in Magdala Ave
  • Nearest Tube: Archway (Northern Line)
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John Korn, aka Otiz Cannelloni, creates oil paintings of comedians that he admires and who have inspired his own comedy.


I am a comedian. Some years ago, I tried to encourage my young son to use the oil paints he had been given as a present. We painted a few pictures together but he didn’t take to it. I, however, did.

I hadn’t painted since I was in junior school and certainly never with oils. I loved the vivid colours and the thick richness of the paint. It continued as a hobby for several years, and then in 2020 we had our first lockdown, and my employment disappeared.

Like most people, I cleaned the house and did DIY but then I started to concentrate on my paintings. I did a number of images of life in lockdown and then I did a painting of Tommy Cooper. I was very pleased with the outcome and it got lots of likes and comments when I posted it on Facebook. That was all the encouragement I needed.

I continued to paint comedians and comic actors that I admired from the past.  I loved working on the images and they gave my Covid days a focus which helped make everything more bearable.

All the comedians I painted have, to some degree, influenced my own comedy. They brought back all kinds of happy memories for me; I hope they do the same for you.

Other events we run can sometimes alter our opening times, please visit our website to view our calender to best plan your visit: https://www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-days-hours

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