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Ronnie Barker: All I Ever Wrote book cover

Ten years on: Ronnie Barker, Pismonouncers Unanimous founder, remembered

Feature It’s ten years ago today that much-loved comedian, writer and actor Ronnie Barker passed away. By then, despite having retired way back in 1987, he had already won four BAFTAs, a Royal Television Society award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and been made an OBE. Ronnie Barker – Mispronunciation Sketch He’d also produced …
Bill Bailey - Qualmpeddler art work

Bill Bailey: The man, the musician, the comic, the troll, the legend

Feature Bill Bailey. No, no, he’s not dead yet – which has been a bit of a theme with some of these articles of late – but he is dead funny. And it’s also 20 years since the “part man, part troll” first started to make waves by winning the Time Out comedy award of 1995. Bill Bailey - Limboland Part musician, part comedian ... part …
Phil Strongman, 26 Sep 2015
Richard Pryor ...Is It Something I Said?

Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature. It’s 40 years since Richard Pryor’s first seriously promoted album crashed into the US charts. Within months ... Is It Something I Said? went platinum and the next spring saw it win him his second Grammy …
Phil Strongman, 29 Aug 2015
Alf Garnett

Happy birthday Alf Garnett, you daft, reactionary old git

Feature It’s 50 years ago this week that writer Johnny Speight leapt to fame with his creation of the bigoted conservative Cockney known as Alf Garnett, the loudmouth star of Speight’s sitcom Till Death Us Do Part. Alf Garnett Always intended to be laughed at, Johnny Speight's confrontational comic creation was controversial from …
Phil Strongman, 26 Jul 2015
Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution cover photo by Chris Saunders

Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break

Feature It’s 25 years since Bill Hicks took the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival by storm with a blistering, intelligent comic set that was basically his, then new, debut album Dangerous. Within two years the semi-underground stand-up was a regular on British TV in-between successfully touring across the USA and Australia. And …
Phil Strongman, 19 Jul 2015
Will Hay

Will Hay: Britain's bumbling star of the screen and skies

Feature It’s 80 years since Gainsborough Pictures released the comedy Boys Will Be Boys, the movie that finally established ex-music hall performer Will Hay as a British film name – during that same year of 1935 he also published an accomplished astronomy book Through My Telescope. Hay was now a rising star in both senses of the word …
Phil Strongman, 25 May 2015
Groucho Marx in Duck Soup

How Groucho Marx lost his voice and found his funny bone

Feature One hunded years ago this week on May 7 1915, a U-boat of the Imperial German navy torpedoed the vast ocean liner known as the RMS Lusitania – with 1,962 people on board over a thousand civilians drowned, including many from the US, which was then still neutral in World War One. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup Groucho Marx in Duck …
The Tramp: Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance

Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

Feature It’s 100 years to the day since Charlie Chaplin’s film The Tramp was released – the movie that, more than any other, projected silent comedy to new artistic and commercial heights. The Tramp: Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance The Tramp: Chaplin's character is momentarily tempted to steal money from the farm girl (Edna …
Phil Strongman, 11 Apr 2015
Liz, Pistols Girl, 1978 Copyright Phil Strongman

Street Culture: Reg man's snazzy snaps of punky London go on display

For the next four days a London exhibition features the youth cult photos of Register contributor Phil Strongman. Here he explains the whys and wherefores – and how technology has changed such shows. The last time I mounted an exhibition was at The Foundry in a Shoreditch that was still quite wild, many years ago. It literally …
Phil Strongman, 28 Mar 2015
Dudley Moore and Peter Cook in Bedazzled

20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

Feature It is 20 years since his death – and 50 years since his first comeback – but the reputation of the UK’s most influential comic and satirist, Peter Cook, is beginning to fade. Phil Strongman attempts to put the record straight ... Last year saw John Cleese receive the accolade of being voted the greatest British comedian of all …

Dub pioneer Rupie Edwards' Ire Feelings – 40 years on

Trackback Phil Strongman reveals the bizarre true story of how the first real musical fusion of technology and culture ended up coming from the Third World. Youtube Video In late 1974, out of nowhere, the first dub hit anywhere in the world leapt into the UK Top Ten. Upon its release that autumn, Rupie Edwards’ innovatory Ire Feelings …
Neil Young at Farm Aid 1985

Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

Page File Phil Strongman joins El Reg bookworm Mark Diston to review the pick of publishing this week. Neil Young's second autobiography is more, much more than cars and girls, while the nation's omnipresent telly scientist Brian Cox offers insights to our origins. Also, James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton team up for the first time for a …

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