Tragically I Was an Only Twin: The Complete Peter Cook

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To his many friends as well as his legion of fans, Peter Cook was quite simply the funniest man ever. His unique gifts and the way he led the transformation of British comedy (from music hall to perverse absurdity) and his clear comic influence on Monty Python's Flying Circus and every show since, has been much written about. But never before has there been a collection of Cook's own writings.

Tragically, I Was an Only Twin gathers the treasures of Cook's comic career, from ...

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Overview

To his many friends as well as his legion of fans, Peter Cook was quite simply the funniest man ever. His unique gifts and the way he led the transformation of British comedy (from music hall to perverse absurdity) and his clear comic influence on Monty Python's Flying Circus and every show since, has been much written about. But never before has there been a collection of Cook's own writings.

Tragically, I Was an Only Twin gathers the treasures of Cook's comic career, from school and university via Beyond the Fringe alongside Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore, to his sureal, satirical journalism for Private Eye. It includes his monologues, the cream of his irreverent essays, and highlights from his much celebrated partnerships with Dudley Moore as Pete & Dud and Derek & Clive. Illustrated with his own drawings, this is the first, the only, and certainly the definitive collection of the transformative genius of comedy that was Peter Cook.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Impressive and thorough, if not comprehensive, this collection finally documents the genius of Peter Cook, a founding member of the legendary English comedy revue Beyond the Fringe. British journalist William Cook (no relation to Peter) gives a predominantly chronological arrangement to the wealth of writing, which dates from 1956 to just before Peter's death in 1995. After opening with an informative biographical chapter, he introduces each of the 13 sections with a brief narrative. In addition to sketches, comedy routines, bits, and dialogs, he presents sardonic journalistic pieces from Private Eye, the satirical magazine that Peter founded. Peter, said noted actor and author Stephen Fry, "had funniness in the same way that beautiful people have beauty." This long-overdue compendium is both beautiful and very, very funny. Enthusiastically recommended for all performing arts collections.-Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641660771
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Cook was a founding member of Beyond the Fringe, wrote widely, and performed memorably on stage and film until his death in 1995.

William Cook, unrelated, is an author and journalist who has worked for the BBC, and written for several major newspapers in England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 Before the Fringe 1
Introduction
'Black and White Blues' (Radley, 1956)
'Guilty Party' (Last Laugh, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1959)
'Mr Grole' (Last Laugh, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1959)
'Balance of Trade' (Pieces of Eight, Apollo Theatre, London, 1959)
'Snail Reform' (Pieces of Eight, Apollo Theatre, London, 1959)
'If Only' (Pieces of Eight, Apollo Theatre, London, 1959)
'Ornithology' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'The Ballad of Sir Frederick Snain' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'Ordinary Man' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'Interesting Facts' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'Second Flood' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'Wha Hae' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'Bletchley First Class' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'Oh Yes' (Pop Goes Mrs Jessop, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1960)
'The Lost Art of Conversation' (One Over the Eight, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1961)
'The Ephemeral Triangle' (One Over the Eight, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1961)
'Chez Malcolm' (One Over the Eight, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1961)
Chapter 2 Beyond the Fringe 39
Introduction
'Sitting on the Bench' (Fortune Theatre, London, 1961)
'Black Equals White' (Fortune Theatre, London, 1961)
'The Sadder and Wiser Beaver' (Fortune Theatre, London, 1961)
'The End of the World' (Fortune Theatre, London, 1961)
TVPM (John Golden Theatre, New York, 1962)
'The Great Train Robbery' (John Golden Theatre, New York, 1964)
'One Leg Too Few' (John Tolden Theatre, New York, 1964)
Chapter 3 El Wisty 57
Introduction
'The World Domination League' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'Royalty' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'The Tadpole Expert' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'Are You Spotty?' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'CP Snow' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'Peace Through Nudism' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'O'er Hill and Dale' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'A Bee Life' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'The Man Who Invented the Wheel' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'Food For Thought' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'Spindly Legs' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'Man's Best Friend' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'The EL Wisty Festival of Arts' (On the Braden Beat, ITV, 1964)
'EL Wisty in the Afterlife' (Holiday Startime, ITV, 1970)
'From Beyond the Veil' (Mermaid Theatre, London, 1977)
'Do You Know You Are a TV Set?' (TV Times, 1980)
Chapter 4 Not Only But Also 83
Introduction
Trampouns (BBC2, 1965)
Facts of Life (BBC2, 1966)
Father & Son (BBC2, 1966)
The Psychiatrist (BBC2, 1966)
Ravens (BBC2, 1965)
Worms (BBC2, 1970)
Flowers (BBC2, 1970)
Chapter 5 Pete & Dud 107
Introduction
'Film Stars' (Not Only But Also, BBC2, 1965)
'At the Art Gallery' (Not Only But Also, BBC2, 1965)
'On the Bus' (Not Only But Also, BBC2, 1965)
'Religion' (Not Only But Also, BBC2, 1965)
'At the Zoo' (Not Only But Also, BBC2, 1966)
'Sex' (Not Only But Also, BBC2, 1966)
'The Futility of Life' (Not Only But Also, BBC2, 1970)
Chapter 6 Private Eye 141
Introduction
'The Seductive Brethren' (1964-65)
'The Memoirs of Rhandhi P'hurr' (1965)
Chapter 7 Behind the Fridge 175
Introduction
'Dudley Moore by Peter Cook' (Cambridge Theatre, London, 1972)
'Hello' (Plymouth Theatre, New York, 1973)
'Crime and Punishment' (Plymouth Theatre, New York, 1973)
'Gospel Truth' (Plymouth Theatre, New York, 1973)
'Mini Drama' (Plymouth Theatre, New York, 1973)
'Frog & Peach' (Plymouth Theatre, New York, 1973)
Chapter 8 Derek and Clive 199
Introduction
'Alias Derek and Clive' (Sheffield & North Derbyshire Spectator, 1976)
'The Worst Job I Ever Had' (Derek & Clive (Live), 1976)
'This Bloke Came Up to Me' (Derek & Clive (Live), 1976)
'Blind' (Derek & Clive (Live), 1976)
'Come Again--Sleeve Notes' (1977)
'Joan Crawford' (Derek & Clive--Come Again, 1977)
'Horse Racing' (Derek & Clive--Ad Nauseam, 1979)
'The Critics' (Derek & Clive--Ad Nauseam, 1979)
Chapter 9 Monday Morning Feeling 219
Introduction
'Can Enoch Save Us from the Giant Blancmange?'
'Belt Up, Gertrude'
'Schmidtbit'
'Hair Apparent'
'Equitable Life'
'Declaring Waugh on All of Us'
'[pound]5 Says He Can't'
'Legal Lottery'
'Dud or Alive'
'Ah'm in Charge'
'If Hypnosis Can't Cure Me, What Chance Does Preaching Stand'
'Separate Tax Tables'
'Pools Loser'
'Saints Alive'
'Divinely Drunk'
'Nine Month Wonder'
'Richard Nixon'
'Comeback'
'Bottoms Up'
'How I Avoided Success'
'Square One'
'Dud Lives'
'Over Manning'
'In His Depth'
'Bum Rap'
'Wise Men'
'Blame the Beeb'
'Royal TV'
'Gorbals and Bangles'
'Peter Panned'
'Network'
'Should This Column Be Banned for Export's Sake?'
'Gay Girls'
'Hair Apparent'
'Randhi Gandhi'
'Royal Wave'
'If God Is a Woman, She Really Let Her Side Down'
'Life Queer'
'Dog Days'
'Don't Look Back'
'Can I Still Win the Ladies' Singles?'
'King Pong'
'Hick Up'
'Ham 'N' Sexburger'
'No Smoke'
'I Scream'
'Shrinks Expand'
'Pickled Pink'
'Denis Menace'
'What's It All About, Bertie'
'If You're a Bit of a Celt, Don't Pick on a Pict'
'Mind the Dors'
'Goon But Not Forgotten'
'A Cornish Celt GP and Paranormal Parking Offences'
'Lance the Boil'
'Hire and Higher'
'Tulip Liqueur and Flabbigo Spoil My Dutch Treat'
'Wise Words'
'Ban U Man U'
'The Sun Also Erases'
'Morris Dancing'
'Male Pills'
'Thorn Free'
'Harry Lacquer'
'Asian Flow'
'Bunny Hop'
Duke's Treat'
'Toilets Spoil It'
'Make Up the Difference'
'Keep Your Powder Wet'
Chapter 10 Not Also But Only 261
Introduction
'More Interesting Facts' (The Secret Policeman's Ball, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1979)
'Entirely a Matter for You' (The Secret Policeman's Ball, Her Majesty's Theatre, London 1979)
'The World of Ants' (Peter Cook & Co, ITV, 1980)
'Inalienable Rights' (An Evening At Court, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, 1983)
'Grole's Last Stand' (Saturday Live, Channel 4, 1986)
'Builders of Xanadu' (Saturday Live, Channel 4, 1986)
'Lord Stockton' (Saturday Live, Channel 4, 1986)
'Norman House' (Clive Anderson Talks Back, Channel 4, 1993)
'Sir James Beauchamp' (Clive Anderson Talks Back, Channel 4, 1993)
'Alan Latchley' (Clive Anderson Talks Back, Channel 4, 1993)
'Eric Daley' (Clive Anderson Talks Back, Channel 4, 1993)
Chapter 11 Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling 295
Introduction
'A Partridge in a Pear Tree' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Two Turtle Doves' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Three French Hens' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Four Calling Birds' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Five Gold Rings' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Six Geese A-Laying' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Seven Swans A-Swimming' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Eight Maids A-Milking' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Nine Drummers Drumming' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Ten Pipers Piping' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Eleven Ladies Dancing' (BBC2, 1990/91)
'Twelve Lords A-Leaping' (BBC2, 1990/91)
Why Bother? (BBC Radio Three, 1994) Part One
Why Bother? (BBC Radio Three, 1994) Part Two
Why Bother? (BBC Radio Three, 1994) Part Three
Why Bother? (BBC Radio Three, 1994) Part Four
Why Bother? (BBC Radio Three, 1994) Part Five
Chapter 12 Sports Reporter 357
Introduction
'The Kick I Get out of Football' (Sunday People, 4 February, 1968)
'God's in His Heaven--and All's Well with Liverpool' (Daily Mail, Monday 11 April, 1977)
'We Are the Champions' (Daily Mail, Monday 18 April, 1977)
'The Game That England Have to Win and Dare Not Lose But Will Be Happy to Draw' (Evening Standard, 8 September, 1993)
'Swallow a Sultana'--It's Time to Play Our World Cup War Game' (Evening Standard, 16 June, 1994)
'Clive Speaks His Mind' (Vox, 1994)
'Major Titherly Glibble' (Peter Cook Talks Golf Balls, 1994)
Chapter 13 Small Hours Sven (LBC) 377
Chapter 14 Goodbye-EE 397
Introduction
'Lines on the Occasion of the Queen Mother's Eightieth Birthday' (TV Times, 1980)
'Rock Stars in Their Underpants' (1980)
'A Life in the Day' (Sunday Times, 5 August, 1984)
'Perhaps and Maybe--a Modern Fable'
'Neville'
'Limericks'
Notes 407
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