Forgotten Heroes of Comedy

Forgotten Heroes of Comedy

An Encyclopedia of the Comedy Underdog

Robert Ross


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  • Features a foreword by the late Monty Python comic Terry Jones.
  • Robert Ross is the foremost historian of British comedy, making regular radio and TV appearances on the subject.
  • The book is comprehensive, covering more than 100 comedians: as well as those from the UK, there are 15 Americans and a handful from elsewhere (Australia, Russia, Italy, Germany and France).
  • Integrated mono photographs throughout, and a colour plate section.


Robert Ross:
Robert Ross is the leading authority on the history of British comedy. His sixteen books include The Monty Python Encyclopedia, The Carry On Story, Sid James – Cockney Rebel, The Complete Terry-Thomas and official BBC celebrations of Fawlty Towers, Last of the Summer Wine and Steptoe and Son. His latest book is a critically-acclaimed biography of Marty Feldman. He is a frequent guest on radio and his many television credits include interviews for What's A Carry On?, Top Ten: Comedy Records, Will the Real Basil Fawlty Please Stand Up?, What the Pythons Did Next, Richard & Judy and BBC News. He lives in Buckinghamshire.