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Month: November 2011

Casting a pod

Casting a pod

For yonks now, I’ve had the vague idea of doing a podcast, but have dismissed the whole idea of talking to myself as boring, both for me and for anyone else. However, after extensive negotiation, I have persuaded my good friend, the comedy writer Matt Owen (Private Eye/Joan Rivers Position/11 O’Clock Show) to join me once a week for the discussion of light entertainment, real ale, interpretative dance, politics and life in general. Here, from a recent discussion on Cook’d…

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Wahey

Wahey

To underline Barry Cryer’s point about the warmth of the old school light entertainment stars, have a look at this glorious clip of Eric Morecambe opening a holiday home in Norfolk for handicapped children. A class act through and through, with time for everyone. “Yeah, but he’s got a camera crew following him around,” some of you might say. Well, I’ve heard numerous reports that, camera crew or no camera crew, this was how Eric Morecambe conducted himself in public….

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No honour among comedians?

No honour among comedians?

Some interesting comments crop up in today’s Guardian interview with Frankie Boyle, comedian, Sun columnist and author of a heavily-promoted broadside against consumerism. I shall leave aside his defences of his offensiveness. I have no problem with offensive comedy, but I don’t think Boyle’s any good at it, or properly able to justify it. I might return to this issue when I’ve got less work to do and thought it through a bit more. What really interests me is his…

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Now then, now then

Now then, now then

If I weren’t so busy, I’d be very tempted to hop on a train to Leeds and pay my respects to Sir James Savile OBE KCSG at the Queen’s Hotel. He was a fascinating figure and a shrewd old buzzard, as this previously-unpublished excerpt of the interview I did with Jim’ll Fix It producer Roger ‘Doctor Magic’ Ordish for my book Turned Out Nice Again proves: “I didn’t have big agent struggles, particularly when Jimmy Savile didn’t have an agent,…

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