`This entertaining and poignant memoir of one half of Britain's best-loved comedy double acts focuses on the `straight man' in the partnership who was the perfect foil, and whose talent has often been overlooked.'
'...fascinating...an in-depth biography of Ernie Wise by Robert Sellers and James Hogg that follows the early life of Wise, his fateful first meeting with Eric Morecambe and their subsequent partnership, thanks to interviews with many fellow entertainers, as well as Ernie's widow, Doreen.' --Choice magazine
`Fully explores the often-overlooked contribution Ernie made to the act and to comedy in general' --Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Chris Burgess
`This well-paced, perceptive book is touching and persuasive in the case that it makes.' --Mail on Sunday, Anthony Russell
`... an uplifting, heart-warming and beautifully written book that will act as a comfort blanket recalling cheery Christmases past; a time when Christmas didn't really begin until the whole family gathered round the television set to enjoy the collective warmth of Morecambe and Wise...if you want some genuinely touching and interesting Christmas reading, pop this one in your Christmas stocking.' --Spectator online Jerry Hayes
`A cheerful and affectionate tribute to "the perfect straight man"' --Christopher Silvester, Daily Express
`Welcome fillers for the stockings of televisionistas include the first authorised biography of Ernie Wise.' --The Stage
Even though they are the most famous comedy double act Britain has ever seen, until now there has never been a biography of Ernie Wise. Seen by some as just the straight man in the partnership, in fact 'Little Ern' was regarded by his peers as a great comedian in his own right. It took no ordinary talent to be the perfect foil for the genius of Eric Morecambe, and to be his friend, business partner and co-performer for nearly forty years. Morecambe's personality flared with ego and insecurity, and theirs was a personal relationship that had to be nurtured as carefully as were their on-screen personas. Nearly thirty years after their last appearances, the pair still dominate the landscape of British comedy, and are loved and revered as ever. With the cooperation of Ernie's widow Doreen, and drawing on unpublished material from the family archive as well as interviews with friends, Robert Sellers and James Hogg have shifted the spotlight sideways to examine for the first time the true and patient genius of one of the greatest entertainers of his generation.