Roy Hudd has had a long and successful comedy career. He perhaps has never really reached the very top but he has always been well liked, maybe because he seems to be a friendly, jovial character, reminiscent of a favourite uncle or the chap who always makes you laugh in the pub.
With his deep interest in music hall and pantomime, Roy Hudd could be seen as one of the last of the `old fashioned' comics and his route to showbiz stardom would nowadays be seen as similarly old fashioned, when most comedians first foot on the ladder seems to be an open mic session at a comedy club. Instead we read that Roy Hudd first got the performing bug at a Boys Club (do they exist anymore?). His interest was stoked further in similar now obsolete ways, first during his National Service days and then as a redcoat at a Butlins Holiday Camp. For me his tales about his experiences during this period in his life are the highlights of the book; they are entertaining and often very funny.
Once he gets to where he becomes an established performer the book tails off a little, as it becomes the predictable recounting of his TV, radio and theatre performances as seen in most other showbiz autobiographies. This is not a major criticism though as overall this autobiography is a really good read, perfect for those amongst us who just don't get most of the humour seen on TV these days.
There is one aspect of his career that he doesn't mention though, and for me it is a glaring omission. When I was young there was a public information film that was forever being screened on TV. It was part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, and it featured Roy Hudd as a litter bug, scattering waste paper around a park before being made to see the error in his ways. Whenever I think of Roy Hudd I automatically think of this film - I wonder how many other children of the sixties do likewise?