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 keep telling your friends via social media and your e-mail address book. We are *so* tantalisingly close!
You will join such legendary names of comedy as Terry Jones, Barry Cryer, Matt Lucas, Trev and Simon, Jim Dale, Bernard Cribbins, Hattie Hayridge, Robin Ince, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Danny Baker, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Dame June Whitfield, Roy Hudd, Ross Noble, Chris Addison, Ray Cooney and many, many more who have supported this project and endorse this celebration of the comedy underdog.
Jim Moir, who as Vic Reeves remains one of the most important and influential figures in comedy, also holds these forgotten heroes close to his heart. If you would like to see me and Jim in deep, hilarious conversation, we are taking over that glorious channel Talking Pictures TV for the entire day on Sunday, 23rd. July. Comedy delights from Terry-Thomas and Laurel and Hardy, will be screened alongside gritty dramas starring the likes of Richard Burton and Stanley Baker. It's an outrageous and affection salute to the glories of British film and television. Do tune in.
And if you do enjoy the elephantine day of golden oldies - even for a few minutes - do be sure to utilise the commercial breaks and spread the Forgotten Heroes of Comedy love with your friends and family; or even treat a loved one to the gift of a book! We have just weeks to get to our 100% goal. I know you can do it!
Thank you, most sincerely.
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