Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing

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9780007215102: Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing

Frank and revealing, this fully authorised biography by Tommy's friend and colleague is the first ever intimate portrait of Britain's best-loved, but little known, entertainer. More than just a comedian, Tommy Cooper was a born entertainer. But, there was a man behind the laughter that few people saw. John Fisher witnessed first-hand the child that lingered within the adult and moments of self-doubt and inadequacy that contrasted with the genial exterior. Until his tragic death, which occurred in the middle of his act on live television in 1984, Tommy Cooper lived in constant fear of the day he would be found out by his audience. Supplementing his own intimate knowledge with material accessed for the first time from the archives of Tommy's agent and manager, with the full cooperation of the Cooper family, John Fisher brings alive the man behind the comedic mask in this definitive biography of a comedy legend.

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John Fisher has a long and distinguished career as a TV producer working in light entertainment with such giants of comedy as Bob Monkhouse, Spike Milligan, Bruce Forsyth & Tommy Cooper. His most recent work includes Channel 4's critically acclaimed "Heroes of Comedy". An authority on popular entertainment, he has written many books on the subject. 'Jus' Like That!', his stage celebration of the life of Tommy Cooper, was a recent West End hit. He is also a member of the Inner Magic Circle.

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Praise for Tommy Cooper: 'Everyone wanted to imitate him didn't they. That was the true accolade I think. And he was funny as soon as he came on, he didn't have to say anything he was just ! FUNNY.' Ronnie Barker 'Tommy was amazing. He looked like Mount Rushmore on legs. He never said anything about real life so he never dates.' Barry Cryer 'Absolutely fantastic. No other comic would work with him, he was too good. He had this fantastic expression. A giant of comedy, a British WC Fields and he will be irreplaceable.' Eric Morecambe

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