The Tommy Cooper Joke Book

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Penguin Random House, 2009 - Humor - 166 pages
What do you give a cannibal who's late for dinner? The cold shoulder.Doctor I can't stop singing the 'Green Green Grass of Home'. You've got Tom Jones syndrome. Is that common? It's not unusual.Tommy Cooper died on stage at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 25 years ago in April 1984 and is still revered today as probably the greatest comedian of the second half of the 20th century. More than just a comedian, Tommy Cooper was a born entertainer. Working in a golden age of British comedy, Cooper stood - literally - head and shoulders above the crowd, and had a magical talent for humour that defied description. With a love of laughter stemming from a magic performance gone wrong when he was in his teens, Cooper enlisted in the army in 1939 and began to perfect his comic timing on his army colleagues in the Egyptian desert. The man with the fez was born. Remember to read with Tommy's voice! 'This woman went to the doctor who examined her, and said- "You have a bad back." She said- "I want a second opinion." He said- "All right, you're ugly as well." ''I backed a horse at 20-1. It came in at 20 to four.'A man walked into the doctor's. He said- "I've hurt my arm in several places." The doctor said- "Well, don't go there any more".'There's only one person in the world who could produce this book- John Fisher, author of the bestselling biography Always Leave Them Laughing. John was a friend and confident of Tommy and is the possessor of the largest archive of Tommy cooper material including a card index of 25,000 Cooper jokes, scripts monologues and memorabilia which will make this book a 'must have' for all of his millions of fans.

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About the author (2009)

John Fisher has enjoyed and long and distinguished career as a television producer and executive working for both the BBC and ITV. A recognised authority on the history of popular entertainment, he worked with Tommy Cooper on several occasions and includes the bestselling biography Tommy Cooper- Always Leave Them Laughingamongst his published works. His critcally acclaimed life of Cooper's contemporary, Tony Hancock, was published last year.

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