"the famous author of Hurlothrumbo"
Hurlothrumbo is an English nonsense play written by the dancing master Samuel Johnson of Cheshire, and published in 1729. It incorporates both musical and spoken elements. The play’s author was one of its principal actors, singing, dancing, playing fiddle and walking on stilts.
Writing in 1855, Frederick Lawrence described the play as “the talk and admiration of the town. A more curious or a more insane production has seldom issued from human pen.”