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The Essential Dave Allen
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'A wonderful anthology of Allen's very best material' (Jack Dee on THE ESSENTIAL DAVE ALLEN)
He was the uncle to end all uncles, childlike yet oracular and possessed of a ravenous appetite for human folly. When he adjusted his waistcoat or shot his cuffs, dragons of unreason gasped and died at his feet. (Dylan Moran)
There was no one quite like him - the stool, the smile, the cigarette, the hand gesture, the slow burn. He was a master storyteller. (Alan Yentob)
He was daring first and foremost, and you felt daring watching him on TV when your parents were out, and he was influential in a much more meaningful way than comics who are perhaps more name-checked, such as Bill Hicks. He belonged to that oral tradition, bringing a unique Irish storytelling sensibility to a huge television audience. It seems incredible to me now that he got away with what he did on prime-time TV. There is nothing remotely like it now. (Ardal O'Hanlon)
Like all the good comics, he was a perfectionist - he wouldn't settle for anything less. I watched him develop, from his days on The Val Doonican Show to becoming a storyteller, delivering his polemics. He was so serious and committed, but he proved you could be serious and funny - he was our Bill Hicks. (Barry Cryer)
The first stand-up to elevate the telling of the story above the punchline. (Sean O'Hagan, Observer)
'Dave Allen was an iconic figure of 1970s comedy. At its best the work displays a wry, Thurbereresque grasp of human fears and folly, a sense of the ridiculous to rival that of Flann O' Brien.' (Metro) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Dave Allen was our greatest storyteller and nobody ever came close to his ability to spin a yarn. He influenced the world of comedy as a whole. He was unique, right up there with the greats like Morecambe and Wise.' Jack Dee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I hope alot of people will have received this wonderful book for Christmas, and been reminded of how brilliant and varied his material really was. Or found out for the first time - I really hope new people will continue discovering him.
Not only does the material zip off the page (which proves it wasn`t just about his delivery, as people often said),but Graham McCann, in his introductions to each chapter, gives him the intelligent analyses that he so deserves. He even, I think, provides an answer to why so many of my age group (late 30`s/early 40`s) have such happy memories of watching Dave Allen, supposedly so adult, in our 70`s childhoods. It`s because we recognised him as someone who was on our side. His targets were always authority figures, not the vulnerable, and he never laughed at people for being different.It set him apart then - and, sadly, would set him apart now.
Yes, alot of us miss him more than the media seems to realise - but at least Graham McCann realises, and has stepped in to fill the void. Unlike Carolyn Soutar`s book, this was compiled with the full assistance of Dave Allen`s family - he wanted to be known for his work, not his private life. They have allowed reproduction of his cartoons and pages from his notebooks - he was more than "just" a comedian. We can only hope that they also allow more material to be released on DVD in the near future.
Yet somehow, against all odds, this book does just that. As you read the jokes and their punchlines, some pithy, some rambling monologues, you hear his voice in your head, imagine him sitting there with his drink and his cigarette (he gave up the latter later on - a cue for more hilarious material).
This is the man captured in book form - priceless!
I will remain a fan to my last breath.
Thank you Graham for writing this book. Regards to Jane, Edward, Karin, and Dave.
Most of all thank you Gilbert David Tynan O'Mahony may you rest in peace.
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