Fab Fools

Jem Roberts


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Candy Jar Books
26 March 2020
ISBN: 9781912535743

From the publisher

Comedy historian and official biographer of Fry & Laurie, Douglas Adams, Blackadder and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Jem Roberts has spent a decade researching the story of the Beatles’ adventures in comedy to create his magnum opus – FAB FOOLS.

It’s the full, detailed, hilarious story of how John, Paul, George and Ringo laughed their way to the toppermost of the poppermost – their classic films, cartoons and even pantomime, not to mention their experimentations with audio comedy through Sir George Martin’s Parlophone comedy classics series.

The epic history brings in every comedy legend of the 1960s and beyond: George Formby, Ken Dodd, Morecambe & Wise, Cook & Moore, the Goons, Monty Python, the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, the Simpsons, Peter Serafinowicz, Tenacious D, all the way to Richard Curtis and his recent film Yesterday.

And of course, no exploration of Beatles comedy would be complete without the first ever full print celebration of the Rutles – Dirk, Stig, Nasty and Barry. With full support and participation of Neil Innes and friends, FAB FOOLS documents Eric Idle and co’s creation of the most influential rock and roll spoof in history.