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When Dave Allen passed away in March 2005, we lost a true comedy great. Sitting cross-legged on a high stool, whiskey in one hand, cigarette in the other, Dave Allen's exasperated commentaries on the absurdities of modern life struck a chord with millions of fans in Britain, Ireland and Australia for over four decades. He was a compelling storyteller - able to spin shaggy dog stories out of the almost any subject, including the missing tip of his fourth finger of his left hand, for which he provided various unlikely explanations. But his gentle, laconic wit could also give way to ferocious attacks on the media, the state and, most famously, the Catholic Church. He was a unique talent - a comic who could make his audiences laugh, cry, and be shocked, all in one. This official celebration of Dave Allen's comedy has been drawn together by Graham McCann - Britain's best-loved entertainment writer. It is a treasure trove of stories, stand-up routines, sketches, interviews and photos, which takes us on a journey from the cradle to the grave. It will delight Dave Allen's million of fans, old and new alike. 'Dave Allen was our greatest storyteller and nobody ever came close to his ability to spin a yarn. He was unique, right up there with the greats.' Jack Dee
|Publication date:||13th July 2006|
|Publisher:||Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Biography: arts & entertainment, Theatre studies,|
Dave Allen, one of TV's most successful comedians, died on March 10th 2005, aged 68. The suave Irish comic, a former journalist and Butlin's redcoat, built up a massive following first on Channel 9 in Australia, then through the 60s, 70s and 80s with numerous shows on the BBC and ITV. Graham McCann is the acclaimed and best-selling author of Frankie Howerd, Morecambe & Wise, Cary Grant and Dad's Army.More About Graham McCann