Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781849430340
Binding: PaperBack

Funny People: My Journey Through Comedy

Roy Smiles

PaperBack (30 May 2011)

Funny People is Roy Smiles’ whimsical account of his life in comedy; from his childhood growing up with the star actors and comedians on television, stand-up and film in the 1960s and 1970s, through to his own work, writing hit plays that pay tribute to those legends of comedy who had a vital influence on both him and British popular culture of the post-war years. From Sunday Night at the Palladium and The Dean Martin Show through Monty Python to The Simpsons and When Harry Met Sally and from Laurel and Hardy and Danny Kaye through Les Dawson to Jon Stewart and Chris Rock, Funny People is a compelling celebration of comedy and its value in our lives.

I am a religious man and I believe in the Holy Trinity:and they are Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. Amen.

Billy Connolly is the best comic ever to come out of the British Isles in my lifetime: I can prove it using slides and pie-charts.

Jo Brand [is] easily the most fearless performer I’ve ever seen live (she used to swat down hecklers like they were slightly irritating gnats).

Am I the only guy in the world who adores Abbot & Costello? Does this mean I’m a bad person?

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781849430340
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 96


"Funny People is, as its subtitle 'My Journey Through Comedy' so accurately surmises, a brisk, 140-page canter through the comedians, sitcoms and funny films that have formed such a significant part of his life. Smiles’s enthusiasm for comedy always shines through... his passion is still likely to send you scuttling to YouTube or the DVD cupboard to revisit a few classics – or possibly discovering a few more" -

""A little treat... quirky and accessible... An enjoyable and light hearted read, that doesn’t need a PHD to understand or to engage with – and one I know I will be dipping into again" - The Public Reviews