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An Absolute Joy Darlings,
This review is from: Hello, Darlings!: The Authorized Biography of Kenny Everett (Hardcover)
I only really remember Kenny Everett from his TV shows. I lived for my weekly dose of Cuddly Ken and, in the days before video recorders were a household item, I would jam my tape recorder up to the TV and make audio recordings of the show. I'd play them over and over again throughout the week to learn the sketches and giggle at the naughty bits.
So this new and authorized biography of Kenny Everett is a real treat because I knew little or nothing about his pioneering work on radio. And it really was pioneering, with elaborate jingles and complicated spicing of bits of tape, to make his shows sound like nothing we'd ever heard before. Even his answer machine message had a four part harmony on it!
This book revels in his career, his amazing technical ability, his skill as a DJ, then his move to TV and how he broke new ground in comedy. It doesn't shy away from the sackings and the private life but that's all told without scandal or titillation because primarily this is a biography by Everett fans for Everett fans.
In fact this is the book fans of not just Kenny Everett but of broadcasting, comedy, music and laughter have all been waiting for.
Even if you only vaguely remember Sid Snot throwing cigarettes in the air in the vain hope he'd catch one in his mouth, or Cupid Stunt's enormous comedy boobs and wildly exaggerated leg crossing, or even if you don't, this book is a joy because that was what Kenny Everett was, an absolute joy!