Friday, 17 October 2014

Why The Lady is thick up to here

Louis Barfe (author of Turned Out Nice Again and The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson) hails Funny Bones as "a smashing book" in his Radio Review column in The Lady.

Book signing at Kirkham this Saturday! (18th October)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Praise for Funny Bones from John FIsher

John Fisher, author of Funny Way to Be a Hero, biographies of Tommy Cooper and Tony Hancock and the man behind the exemplary Heroes of Comedy series, has this to say about Funny Bones:

I can’t get over how good Funny Bones is. Freddie Davies’ autobiography, co-written with Anthony Teague, is unquestionably one of the most honest and illuminating books I have read about the practice of comedy, never losing sight of the pressures and insecurities of a job that is prone to more ups and downs than a roller coaster. Along the way it provides fresh insights into other comedy greats, not least Sid Field, Sir Norman Wisdom, Frankie Howerd, Jerry Lewis, George Carl, Charlie Drake and Davies’ ostensible grandfather, the underrated revue comic Jack Herbert, who was a major influence on Field. It also vividly evokes the hollow shabbiness of so much of the late twentieth century British show business scene in that period betwixt the Beatles and Blur. In every way, a cornerstone of its genre. 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Weekly News article by Craig Campbell

Many thanks to Craig Campbell for writing this centre spread for the Weekly News in July 2014. Craig told me, "I loved Freddie as a nipper."

FORGET your Chaplins, Marx Bros and Monty Pythons — for many of us, Freddie Parrot Face Davies is the funniest man we’ve ever seen!

For several decades, Brixton-born Freddie became synonymous with birdies, conjuring up a feather-filled act that tickled adults and had the young ’uns screaming with laughter.

He played a character called Samuel Tweet, and some of his best jokes involved budgies, with many claiming his parrot jokes were behind the famous Python sketch.

Now, Freddie has written a book about his extraordinary life — he is still performing up and down Britain at 77 – and his many wonderful tales show just how massive he was in his heyday.

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