Thursday, 9 October 2014
'The Wednesday Play'
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 something of a forgotten man, and my biography of him languished in my bottom drawer for many years waiting for a willing publisher.
Therefore, it warmed my heart when one of the British Film Institute big wigs told me that ticket sales were good for the screeing because of "the Marty factor". Such a rich and varied body of work should not drift from the collective memory, and each and every one of the Forgotten Heroes I'm writing about has a similar legacy that just needs a little light shone over it. That is the purpose of 'Forgotten Heroes of Comedy' and to make the break-through I really need your help. You lovely people who have already subscribed and your friends and family and foes. Please spread the word and let's get the numbers ticking up. It's really no laughing matter anymore. Thank you.
I'd love to get my hands on The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine. I'm not even sure how much of it survives.
posted 23rd October 2014