Posted on Wednesday 24th May, 2023
Celebrating the women who shaped British Comedy
Whether it is the seaside postcard bubbly blondes of Barbara Windsor, or the hysterically historical leading ladies of Joan Sims; the coquettish authoritarians of Hattie Jacques, or the statuesque confidence of Valerie Leon; the Carry On Girls are stoic, sexy, and fiercely independent.
In this lavish celebration of a pioneering generation of comedy actresses who continue to radiate charm and contemporary relevance, a few home truths are revealed, some myths are debunked, but above all some of the best-loved icons of British entertainment are given fitting affection and respect.
Written by Gemma and Robert Ross this is their first book collaboration together.
We are grateful to Valerie Leon for writing the wonderful forward for the book.
The book is now available to order from all good book shops and will be released on 23rd November 2023. Please subscribe the newsletter to keep up-to-date with all our latest news about the book.
Posted on Saturday 16th April, 2022
We are delighted to launch, Write On Comedy, an association for writers and lovers of comedy.
The aim of the association is to celebrate writers of comedy, writers on comedy, comedy folk who write, and those who simply love comedy. We are a community of writers and readers. A place to share ideas, tips, and laughter.
For published authors and professional performers we aim to celebrate and promote your work to a wide audience. We also offer the opportunity to collaborate and connect with your peers, and build a stronger, better community.
For associates we will bring you the most up-to-date news on some of your favourite names in comedy, keep you informed of our up-coming events, created especially for you, and allow you priority places at our Book Festivals.
Find out more by visiting www.writeoncomedy.co.uk
Posted on Thursday 28th October, 2021
To mark the official publication of the Unbound tome dedicated to the Forgotten Heroes of Comedy, I was in conversation with Gemma over on the Comedy Historian Facebook page for a live and free and totally interactive chat about the book. It was just like old times!
Posted on Thursday 21st October, 2021
What a glorious book launch for the Forgotten Heroes of Comedy. The late Terry Jones and I were always determined to whet the book’s head at the Museum of Comedy, Bloomsbury, and it proved to be the perfect location. Unbound, who have published the book, were represented on stage by Justine Pollard who nursed the project through its infancy. And what a delight to have so many comedy chums in attendance, including Tyler Butterworth, David Barry, Francoise Pascal, George Camiller, Paul Cole, Nick Revell, Steve Nallon and Jessica Martin.
Posted on Sunday 3rd October, 2021
So that is it for this year’s very first Festival of Comedy at the Waterloo East Theatre. What a glorious way to return to theatre. Such fun to hear the laughter and applause that greeted the choice clips in my three stand-up comedy historian shows: Oh, What a Carry On!, Forgotten Heroes of Comedy and yet another slab of Forgotten Heroes, this time with a comedy horror theme. It was also a joy to present a rehearsed reading of a brand new, hour-long festival-friendly version of Jeepers Creepers – Through the Eyes of Marty Feldman. Jessica Martin and Nick Revell starred as Lauretta and Marty Feldman. The Festival also saw the world stage premiere of Screaming Queens!, starring Steve Nallon as Kenneth Williams and Jessica Martin as Fenella Fielding. Here’s to the next time…
Posted on Monday 19th April, 2021
I’m thrilled to be sharing with you, the book cover for Forgotten Heroes of Comedy. Designed by Dan Mogford. It’s evocative, clever and just perfect! You can still pre-order the book before its publication in September 2021. Click here to learn more.
Much love, Robert xx
Posted on Tuesday 22nd December, 2020