On Behalf of the Committee: A History of Northern Comedy
It's a comedy fact. From Industrial Revolution to digital era - via music hall, radio, Variety, television, clubland & cinema - northern-born comedians have been at the heart of British popular culture. This witty and informative history investigates why that should be so, while celebrating some of Britain's best-loved funny folk from George Formby to Les Dawson to to Peter Kay More
From the Industrial Revolution to our own digital age - via music hall, Variety, working men's clubs, radio, cinema & television - northern-born comedians have been at the heart of British popular culture.
This witty and informative book investigates why that should be so, while also celebrating the contributions of such household favourites as George Formby, Gracie Fields, Al Read, Frank Randle, Hylda Baker, Jimmy Clitheroe, Les Dawson, Morecambe & Wise, Victoria Wood, Vic and Bob, Steve Coogan, Caroline Aherne, Johnny Vegas and Peter Kay.
On Behalf of the Committee is a rich reassessment of British comedy history and cliché-free confirmation that you really do have to laugh - or else you'd cry.