By Paul Hamilton, Dan Kieran, Peter Gordon
Who's The Zsa Zsa guy? What are the calls for of The Sydney Darlow Dancing Troupe? What lurks at the back of The refrigerator? What was once The Glidd Of Glood's real nature? Why can’t we visit Heaven once we die? What was once the genuine genesis of Monty Python's Parrot cartoon? Why is Morton P. Fergleberger petrified of titanium rods? who's Morton P. Fergleberger besides? The Peter cook dinner Appreciation Society has the solutions. How Very fascinating includes interviews with those that labored with prepare dinner in the course of his lengthy and sundry occupation and who observed him as an notion: his colleagues, collaborators, co-writers, manufacturers, administrators, lovers and associates, together with John Fortune, Barry Fantoni, Eleanor Bron, the employees of non-public Eye, Trevor Baylis, Robyn Hitchcock, Chris Morris, Will Self, Jerry Sadowitz, Malcolm McLaren, Elvis Costello, Nigel Planer, Mel Smith, John Cooper Clarke, Barry Cryer, Auberon Waugh, Clive Anderson, and extra - together with the good guy himself. along the interviews, revelations and slanging fits, How Very attention-grabbing finds infrequent items of Cookiana, cocks an ear at deepest Eye's recognized Flexies and Derek & Clive, sits in the course of the Hound of the Baskervilles and Cook's many monitor outings, and another way digs, delves and disappears into the universe of Peter cook dinner, and all that surrounds it.
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Extra info for How Very Interesting!: Peter Cook's Universe And All That Surrounds It
We did topical political jokes about America. We only performed the crucifixion scene once, on the opening night. The next day we had the most amazing reviews; you couldn’t have written them for yourself. ’ AG: And, of course, [in April 1962] you had an American appear in the London Establishment: Lenny Bruce. JF: I was very fond of Lenny. Together with Peter, he was the best John Fortune 11 I ever saw. ] with his prescription—that he had to get every day. He could get it at midnight so we’d go in about 10 to 12.
I’d love to hear him do other tunes. We’d all have loved to see Peter doing other sketches but for Peter another sketch is still a sketch. PH: How was his consistency of performances in the Fringe’s run? Were there peaks and troughs? Was he erratic? JB: No, he was absolutely perfect. He never, ever fluctuated or varied in terms of quality of performance as far as I’m aware—and I think I saw some 600 performances, from backstage. PH: Did they ever vary the set, replacing old sketches for new to stem the onset of boredom?
JB: Not to my knowledge. He had the Macmillan sketch which he could, and would, alter, since he had sole control of it onstage. PH: And the ‘I could have been a judge’, the Miner one, of course. JB: Yes. What’s strange about BTF is that, the Miner aside, there was very little in the way of Peter’s fantasy-fuelled type of comedy. 32 HOW VERY INTERESTING No swarms of gigantic bees or snakes a million miles long. In fact, nearly every sketch from Peter is concerned with politics and various ridiculous facets of society—even in the Miner one, where he attacks judges.
How Very Interesting!: Peter Cook's Universe And All That Surrounds It by Paul Hamilton, Dan Kieran, Peter Gordon