Archaeologists from the Museum of Comedy are excited to reveal their discovery of an ancient comedy artefact: the remains of the long-thought-mythical Mark Bunyan have been discovered in Balham.
From various crumbling scrolls and other incunabula, they've pieced together that this "comedian at the piano" began his career over forty years ago when the Observer announced that he was "extremely witty, somewhere between Lehrer and Brel with the arrogant insouciance of Noel Coward", and a paper called Gay News described him as "the coming of age of Gay Pride".
Further evidence has turned up in Sweden ("A brilliant artist, enormously funny and entertaining? - Svenska Dagbladet), San Francisco ("The hottest item on the club/cabaret circuit." - Sentinel) and Crouch End ("A brilliant pianist, composer and natural entertainer" - Crouch End Journal).
A crackling recording of the late Ned Sherrin introduces him as "one of the great comedians at the piano", whilst a wax tablet stylussed by critic Mark Shenton calls him, "one of London's best kept musical as well as comedy cabaret secrets."