Funny Bones - My Life in Comedy
Freddie 'Parrotface’ Davies was a superstar of British television, radio and variety theatre before, in the twilight of a packed career, he began to act in films such as the cult classic Funny Bones, alongside Lee Evans and Jerry Lewis. With a foreword by Ken Dodd, this unique autobiography is a poignant and hilarious evocation of a vanished world and a rich nostalgic treat for comedy connoisseurs More
“An invaluable record from a comedy superstar...” - Ken Dodd OBE
In 1964, a single appearance on TV talent show Opportunity Knocks made ‘Parrotface’ comedian Freddie Davies famous overnight. Spectacular success followed; stars such as Judy Garland, Cliff Richard, even Cary Grant, were fans...
But when it all began to slip in the 1980s, Freddie became a producer and then forged yet another career as a serious actor. He appeared to great acclaim in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Secret Garden and cult film Funny Bones - alongside Lee Evans and Jerry Lewis - based on tales of Freddie’s music hall comic grandfather Jack Herbert. Now he has come full circle, delighting audiences again as Samuel Tweet in theatres up and down the land.
Fifty years on from his television debut, Freddie finally tells his own story, revealing for the first time the tragedy behind his early days in Salford and a family secret that rocked his world. He paints a vivid and hilarious picture of a gruelling apprenticeship in the Northern clubs - and the night ‘Parrotface’ first
spluttered into life.
With a foreword by legendary comedian Ken Dodd OBE, this unique autobiography is a poignant and hilarious evocation of a vanished world, offering insights into the art of stand-up and a richly nostalgic treat for comedy connoisseurs.