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by PETER COOK

  • Author: PETER COOK
  • ISBN: 0712623981
  • ISBN13: 978-0712623988
  • ePub: 1423 kb | FB2: 1258 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Arts & Literature
  • Publisher: CENTURY; First Edition edition (2002)
  • Pages: 350
  • Rating: 4.7/5
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Tragically I Was an Only Twin: The Complete Peter Cook ePub download

Not "getting" Peter Cook means dropping humor down a fair number of notches to the general level of the Scary Movie series, lets say, and that's mostly unsophisticated toilet stuff you could diagram on a blackboard.

Not "getting" Peter Cook means dropping humor down a fair number of notches to the general level of the Scary Movie series, lets say, and that's mostly unsophisticated toilet stuff you could diagram on a blackboard. When a whole civilization finally dumbs down bigtime nobody ever really notices or cares much.

Peter Cook has been widely hailed, and by people whose opinion should definitely count (such as John Cleese and Stephen Fry), as being the funniest man of his generation. Nothing in this book will disprove that assertion

Peter Cook has been widely hailed, and by people whose opinion should definitely count (such as John Cleese and Stephen Fry), as being the funniest man of his generation. Nothing in this book will disprove that assertion.

Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the father of the British satire boom of the 1960s. He has frequently been referred to by modern British comedians as their greatest inspiration. He first achieved fame in the revue Beyond the Fringe.

Peter Cook, William Cook. For his many friends and fans, Peter Cook was quite simply the funniest man they'd ever encountered. And nearly eight years since his death, his status as one of Britain's greatest comedians shows no sign of shrinking. Despite his reputation for idleness, Peter Cook was a great comedy writer, who created countless outrageous sketches and articles and was famed for his prolific role in the satire boom of the 1960s. The very best, the most famous and some of the most unusual of his comic masterpieces are collected here.

Why this is subtitled 'The Complete Peter Cook' I don't know. By the time he was 40 we was kind of over it, and seemed to only bother to exert his still-remarkable talents when there was a point to prove or some pompous public figure to deflate. Unless it's like an epithet, as in 'you're a complete twit'; I mean, Peter Cook was clearly a complete Peter Cook, but this book is not the complete Peter Cook, not even close. It admits as much itself. That his powers remained undimmed until his untimely, alcohol-fuelled death in 1995 is apparent. Perhaps the flood slowed to a meander, but even a cursory look (for example here, at Alan Latchley) shows that the brilliance was still there.

Funny, nostalgic, but not really "complete". com User, February 12, 2005.

To his many friends as well as his legion of fans, Peter Cook was quite simply the funniest man ever. When I was in college in the mid 70's, I saw Peter Cook and Dudley Moore open their Broadway version of "Good Evening" by passing each other on stage, turning their heads, and gently saying, "Hello. If you know some of the skits, you'll enjoy the occasional discrepencies, as those that made it to recordings had been tweaked with improvised additions and improvements. Funny, nostalgic, but not really "complete".

Discover Peter Cook famous and rare quotes. Tragically I Was an Only Twin: The Comedy of Peter Cook, . 6, Random House.

Stephen Fry attacks media coverage of Peter Cook's death - Продолжительность: 6:17 . Dave Allen Live: On Life (COMPLETE) - Продолжительность: 1:26:53 kellynium Recommended for you.

Stephen Fry attacks media coverage of Peter Cook's death - Продолжительность: 6:17 frogandpeach1 Recommended for you. 6:17. 1:26:53. The Plank (Very Funny) - Продолжительность: 11:07 40thegardener2 Recommended for you. 11:07. Дживс и Вустер Сезон 1, Серия 2. Турнир по гольфу - Продолжительность: 50:26 Денис Зуев Recommended for you. 50:26.

Despite his reputation for idleness, Peter Cook was a great comedy writer, who created countless outrageous sketches and articles and was famed for his prolific role in the satire . Books related to Tragically I Was an Only Twin.

Despite his reputation for idleness, Peter Cook was a great comedy writer, who created countless outrageous sketches and articles and was famed for his prolific role in the satire boom of the 1960s. Some of these pieces have never been published before, others are out of print, a few only survive in print, and many have only ever been seen or heard - never read. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 1.

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"Tragically I was an Only Twin" is a selection of British humorist Peter Cook's comic career, from "Beyond the Fringe," the satirical magazine "Private Eye," his routines with Dudley Moore, and later material. Much of it is very hard to find in the UK, where the book was published, let alone in the US. 350 pages.
Gerceytone
It's amazing it took as long as 2002 (more than five years after Peter Cook passed on) to collect this wonderful sampler of the Funniest Man in the World. Like a lot of you Boomers in North America, I became aware of Cook thru his collaborations with the Monty Python team in the Secret Policeman's Ball series of stage shows. I was immediately impressed (and still am, these many years later) at what Terry Jones called the "luminous" aspect of Cook's talent. His range, the wandering speculations of E. L. Wisty and Pete and Dud to the..."punk poetry" of Derek and Clive is unparalleled in comedy for its strong, imaginative quality, not to mention its obvious hilarity.

Editor William Cook (no relation) has written much in the comedy-as-art vein, and he is the ideal person to round up the Best-of-Peter-Cook. William bookends each sketch with fascinating biographical information on Peter. William's enthusiastic and well-informed writing reminds me of the best essays-on-comedy of Leonard Maltin, and elevates and propels this book every bit as much as Peter's comedy.

It's true that a lot of the material included here has since surfaced on YouTube (and we Peter Cook fans are both richer and eternally grateful for that), but, let this not dissuade you from buying this book. Like Buster Keaton before him, Peter Cook's comedy is so intricate and well-crafted it's best when you can really slow down and savour it, as you can here. This book is, to date, THE essential Peter Cook souvenir.
Boraston
Sad to see sort of so-so appraisals of Cook's work. In film he was often a genius too, I think of "The Wrong Box" (where, in fact, it's Peter Sellers that comes off a bit lame) or his brilliant portrayal of the psychotic British PM in "Whoops, Apocalypse!" I remember him explaining to his cabinet--deadpan-- that British industry is suffering because of sabotage by pixies. (Michael Moore should have watched that film before directing Canadian Bacon, he might have learned a few things like political satire sometimes needs to be existential to ring true, it shouldn't always be just witch hunting). Anyway, that role alone should have made Cook's reputation. I can't imagine how anyone could not have found him funny in "Bedazzled" as his was the ultimate portrayal of the banality of evil--Satan being "bad" by scratching up people's record albums.

Cook, unfortunately for us, not him, was one of the all-time great practitioners of the art of silliness and the absurd. That sort of stuff requires something special of an audience, a willingness to not try to "find meaning" in humor. We're a literal society these days, we take ourselves a tad too seriously, our humor is a bit self conscious and often it's just cruelty or mockery--the lowest forms. (A friend once commented on how funny her friends were and I told her no, all they did was ridicule and tear each other down. She thought about that and replied "Wow, you're right") Steve Oedekerk, creator of the wonderfully funny film "Kung Pow" complained how he had to seemingly justify everything he was doing in the film. Much of it was just pure wackiness, you simply can't explain or justify it. If you need the reasons why you can't explain it explained to you then you're lost, you'll never understand. It's a higher level of understanding and you'll need to go study with Buddhists or something. They know all the good jokes anyway.

I just watched a great WC Fields flick, "International House." Someone asks Fields where he's going to sleep and he replies "On my left side, with my mouth open...wide open." The day people stop laughing at joyous absurdities like that (Most these days would seek a double-entendre or something equally dumb in that)is the day I pack up and move to Tibet.

This is a wonderful book and it's sitting here remaindered for $5.98 in a few cases. Cook's writing reminds me of Robert Benchley's--he was another gentle absurdist who, fifty years ago, was a household name and a familiar face in the cinema. That's back when non-linear weirdness could be found in Bugs Bunny cartoons and for a while even in the funny papers with Krazy Kat. Many of the best writers of his generation considered him to be the funniest man alive too and he may well have been. All his books are out of print except for a small collection. This is also sad beyond reckoning.

Honestly I don't see the shift in humor to be simply a matter of taste or trends. Not "getting" Peter Cook means dropping humor down a fair number of notches to the general level of the Scary Movie series, lets say, and that's mostly unsophisticated toilet stuff you could diagram on a blackboard.

When a whole civilization finally dumbs down bigtime nobody ever really notices or cares much. That's actually how it happens, people stop caring. In about 50 years museums will be discarding things like abstract expressionist art because everyone, no exceptions, then will think" my kid could do that." They'll no longer be able to discern the vast gulf that exists between kid scribblings and de Kooning. To primitives high levels of complexity and organization are just "noise." Everyone will find it irrelevant, boring, or laughable, and that's happening all around you with your culture right now. Much art only survives because it has an astronomical assigned dollar value. In the future you won't be able to find a Peter Cook book to save your life.
Nilasida
This is a great book, it contains the transcripts of Peter Cook's sketches and writings.
Writing and especially comic writing at it's very best. This book was a wonderful surprise!
Thofyn
England's greatest comedian.
Livina
Great book
Leniga
Peter Cook is beyond description, so genius will have to do. This book, while imperfect and incomplete, is the best argument yet for his canonization. Buy it, read it again and again. My only beef (and it's a small one) is there no Bedazzled script.
ACOS
Absolute pleasure to read. Word of advice, do not read this book in a public gathering because you WILL laugh like a nutter and people will turn and look at you... possibly think you're crazy.
Great humor (for those for who do not have to #Press One For English)
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