Sunshine on Putty
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Based on hundreds of interviews with comedians and people directly involved, it charts the history of ‘The Golden Age of British Comedy’ – from Vic Reeves in the ‘90s to the Office.
Sunshine on Putty by Ben Thompson
In the 1990s, British comedy underwent a renaissance – shows like The Fast Show, The Day Today, Shooting Stars, The League of Gentlemen, The Royle Family and The Office were hugely popular with critics and audiences alike. Just as politics, sport, art, literature and religion seemed to move towards light entertainment, the comedy on the nation's televisions not only offered a home to ideas and ideals of community which could no longer find one elsewhere, but also gave us a clearer picture of what was happening to our nation than any other form of artistic endeavour.
From Ricky Gervais' self-destructive love affair with dairy products to Steve Coogan's suicidal overtaking technique; from the secrets of Vic Reeves' woodshed, to the stains on Caroline Aherne's sofa; from Victor Meldrew's prophetic dream to Spike Milligan's final resting place, Ben Thompson reveals the twisted beauty of British comedy’s psyche.
'Erudite and funny … Thompson demonstrates both an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject matter and an astonishingly broad frame of reference.'
'Can't fail to become definitive.'
'Brilliantly insightful, warmly appreciative, and chock full of observations of the most alarmingly accurate kind … Thanks to the perceptive Mr Thompson, I know now what I’ve been doing wrong all these years.'
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Publication date4th October 2004
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