The curtain is dusky, a desert sun red;
will Charles be performing, or will he instead?
The stage was big business back in his time
(you can ask him yourself, just drop in a dime
and call straight from the book, in the Ls, not the Js.)
He'd be happy to speak of his music hall days.
Can you guess who?
EDIT: Ruby answered correctly on the FF + SS Facebook page: It's Stan Laurel!
(photo courtesy Letters From Stan)