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Max Miller: The Cheeky Chappie Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860518558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860518556
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A biography containing the views of many celebrities who knew Miller well, giving an insight into the life of this comedian.


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Max Miller was one of the UK's greatest, if not The Greatest, stand-up comedians ever. He could work an audience like no other. His stage personality as the "Cheekie Chappie" was peerless. This biography charts his career, which began in Music Hall and progressed to his commanding full houses at the London Palladium. It provides many insights into Max's life beyond the footlights, and glimpses of the material, never scripted (Max evidently could not work to a script)' which made him famous. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and it has enhanced my admiration for Max, the man and the comedian.
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Max was the greatest stand-up of his day.This superb book (written with affection by someone who knew Max well)is a fitting tribute to a great man, who was the biggest star of his day.I have read and re-read this book and it leaves me with only one regret - I didn't see this true comedy legend live!
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Millers the name lady !

He was a big star in the 30, 40 and 50s. Comedy like pop music has to come from somewhere. I like to hear from current performers as to who were their influences. Even if they do not admit or even know it a lot of stand up comedians were influenced by the music hall greats. They had a complete act and would be able to hold the audience with their jokes, singing and dancing.

These days a lot of so called comedy can easily rely on bum fart willy jokes. Before and well after the second world war such jokes would not have been possible.
There therefore grew up a tradition of innuendo. This is epitomised by the seaside postcards and in the fifties the Carry on Films.

Max Miller was the arch exponent of that sort of comedy. He built himself up on the musical hall circuit and was reputedly very mean. He would boast how much he was being paid. that is very astute as your worth goes up in people's eyes if people think that you are highly paid. during the second world war he was earning a thousand pounds a week. A pretty good sum even these days.

He said carrying a notebook and pencil was essential for writing down the jokes as they were pearls of wisdom

He was a private man and did not socialise with other show biz personalities If you listen to his Cd or see him on tape he does a lot of gestures and glances which heightened the comedy as he is being suggestive by saying very little. He played to the women in the audience who loved him. He did not do very long jokes but made the most of each word by pausing for effect

He would do interjections like All clever stuff and You're the kind of people who give me a bad name.
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This book was originally published in 1975.As a result many people who knew and saw him were still alive and able to give their recollections to the author who also knew him.This ia a real rags to riches story.A man who knew the depths of poverty became a rich man and as a result unlike Jack Benny who claimed to be the meanest man,actually was very mean.He was clearly the greatest stand up comedian of his era.I have the recordings of his act at the Holborn Empire and the Met and if you shut your eyes you can almost imagine that you are one of the lucky audience.Mind you there are not a lot of jokes from the blue book in these recordings as he clearly was on his best behaviour.However he was unable to make the transition to other media.I have seen some of his tv performances and they are very stilted.In films his best appearances are those in his Gaumont British films.Unfortunately many of his films for Warner Brothers have been lost.For example in his most celebrated role of Educated Evans only 200 feet of film exist.His films are undistinguished and by and large unfunny.Asking For Trouble,his last ,is almost unwatchable.As the author points out he was unable to do characterisations as for example Will Hay was.His character on film of a smart alec was not as popular with audiences as the gormless gump of George Formby.So tghe only way we have of knowing how great Miller was is by listening to his stage recordings and reading this book.
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