Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Monday, 24 November 2014
Sunday, 23 November 2014
For those who weren't lucky enough to be there in person, Freddie was in great form at the Memorial Theatre in Broadstairs last night. As cowriter of his autobiography Funny Bones I can hardly write an unbiased review, but seeing as how Michael Billington was inexplicably absent from the proceedings here are a few notes about the show - which was, as they say, a game of two halves.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
The origins of Monty Python's Parrot Sketch have been well documented, most recently in John Cleese's sober but enjoyable autobiography So Anyway ..., but as cowriter of Freddie "Parrotface" Davies's autobiography Funny Bones permit me to add a footnote.
The essence of the joke has been traced back to Ancient Greece, according an article in the Telegraph, although I'm not entirely sure I'd go along with that:
Monday, 17 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Freddie has passed on this message sent to his website:
I have just finished your book and I loved it. I bought from Amazon even though I am a manager with WH Smith and I can't believe how much I enjoyed it. Loved the "I miss them" comments and I had a tear in my eyes many times. Thank you because above all I was smiling at your wonderful anecdotes and I bet there's another book in you which I would buy. Brilliant.
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Freddie was interviewed by Martin Kelner for his One on One interview programme on Radio Leeds in November 2013. Note that his autobiography still had the working title Off My Perch:
Monday, 3 November 2014
Many thanks to Musical Director Stuart Pedlar for this review.
Funny Bones is not just, as it title suggests, an entertaining and amusing autobiography, but an informative one as well. What makes it so readable is the well balanced mixture of personal narrative with background information relating to the best of English comedy during the sixties and seventies both in theatre and television. Anecdotes there are aplenty, but these never swamp the general sweep of the book, which recalls with fond nostalgia a different age from the one we now live in, yet nonetheless one still relevant to those of us interested in the likes of Davies, let alone the myriad of other fine entertainers of the time such as Morecambe and Wise et al.
For any Freddie fans who haven't come across it yet, here is the piece I wrote in June 2011 for my personal blog which led to my wor...
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 Co...
This is a slightly abridged version of the above article in the summer edition of The Call Boy , the magazine of the BMHS (British Music ...
As cowriter of Funny Bones I cannot pretend to be impartial, but for those who couldn't make it here are some notes on Freddie's per...
For those who couldn't make it, Freddie was on fine form at the British Music Hall Society's Day By the Sea at the Hippodrome,...
Freddie was interviewed live today by Bob Fischer of Radio Tees - it will be available on iplayer here at some point but in the meantime yo...
To the Palladium today for the Society for Theatre Research's Theatre Book Prize presentation. T hose in attendance included STR preside...
Michael Billington, writing today for the Guardian's "A book that changed me" feature, chooses Kenneth Tynan's He That ...
In Funny Bones I quoted an advertisement which Freddie's grandad Jack Herbert placed in The Stage. But I didn't provide the context....
Not, perhaps, the most obvious chronicler of his doings, but after meeting Freddie on a cruise in 1978 Polly Toynbee came to Hastings ...