Taking Over the Asylum
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
First of all I have to say you are all bloody amazing. In just three days since I alerted you all to the fact that this beloved heart project of mine was under threat, you have rallied round to support it even more. I am genuinely touched and grateful. Still, we aren't there yet. We need to get the book 100% funded by 1st September; so although the current state of play of 78% is thrilling, please…
The Last Laugh
Friday, 14 July 2017
Hello, folks. You know, I've been banging on about this passion project of mine for so long that the original proposal was printed by William Caxton. Boom-Tisch.
But seriously, folks. And this *is* serious.
Those wonderful people at Unbound have, quite understandably, called time on the Forgotten Heroes of Comedy. So, why people pledge? Well, this book celebrates some of the most inventive and…
BAZ AT THE MUSEUM OF COMEDY
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Friday the 11th July 2015 marked the anniversary of the birth of Terry-Thomas. The dear old boy would have been 104 years old. Alas, he died a quarter of a century ago. Hard Cheese, indeed, but he is still a valuable part of what defines being English. For me, at least. And, it seems, for many. When I tweeted a photograph of the great man ~ as is my wont in celebration of a particularly beloved…
Fantasy Telly in a League of its Own
Thursday, 21 May 2015
My passion for television has been a lifelong one. Literally my earliest memories, of any kind, are Tom Baker & Lis Sladen taking on those pesky Cybermen, and the Goodies ~ probably doing something outrageous and hilarious with a black pudding. Way back in those foggy, now somewhat murky, seventies I also remember entering a telly competition. It was probably…
One of the Queens of England!
Monday, 18 May 2015
May is a rather merrie month in the world of great comedy. It's packed with anniversaries of the births of great, celebrated, comedy talent. Sid James would have been 102 a week or so back. Phil Silvers would have turned 104 on 11th May, and 12th May would have been Tony Hancock's 91st. Stone me!
As for me, I've been happily wallowing in humour as usual. The Museum of Comedy continues to pay…
A Brand New World
Monday, 12 January 2015
Well, a brand new year in any case. Two thousand and fifteen may not have got off to the best of starts. When humour is attacked, we lose our humanity. The news notwithstanding, ‘Forgotten Heroes of Comedy’ still simmers on the hob awaiting more funding. To that end I’m heightening my profile. Oh yes, I am! I’ll be hosting several live events promoting the book throughout the year. First up is the…
Chortle Comedy Book Festival
Friday, 7 November 2014
Today sees the launch of the Chortle Comedy Book Festival at the London Irish Centre, Camden Town. Over the next week, such comedy favourites as Rebecca Front, Omid Djalili and Jenny Éclair will be plying their trade and plugging their books. On the evening of Monday the 10th November, I’m hosting a double bill of Monty Python. First, at 7.30pm, I’m in conversation with Carol Cleveland with regards…
What happens when Forgotten Heroes are re-remembered?
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
The short answer is, I’m delighted! Although Marty Feldman had long been relegated from the book by very virtue of my biography of the great man, the scale of reaction to the discovery of missing ‘At Last the 1948 Show’ material being found last Thursday, really warmed my cockles. Tim Brooke-Taylor was even on the BBC News watching his twenty-something year old self being silly and subversive and…
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Those lovely people at Warner Archive have just released the fourth and final collection of Bowery Boys comedies onto DVD. This is a joyous occasion, meaning all 48 – yes, 48! – films in the series are now available to buy. Their relentless wheeling and dealing, crap-shooting and dame-chasing antics ran for well over a decade and benefited from a great ensemble cast and witty, fast-paced dialogue…
'The Wednesday Play'
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Well, I'm blowing away the cobwebs on my shed and ploughing on with 'Forgotten Heroes of Comedy'. It's all too easy to neglect a book, even one as important to me as this one. One Tuesday, of all days, I introduced a screening of 'The Wednesday Play' at the National Film Theatre. It was 'Double Bill', a brilliantly disturbing production written by Johnny Speight and starring Marty Feldman. Marty is…
Comedy Tonight, this afternoon, this morning. Anytime, really!
Friday, 2 August 2013
“Something appalling, something appealing. Something for everyone…” That pretty much sums up the essence of comedy, thanks to Stephen Sondheim and his wise and wacky vaudevillian vision of ancient Rome. I don’t want anyone to think my old shed has rusted up simply because I haven’t posted anything on here for a while. Far from it. In fact, like Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson, I’ve even been considering…