Sunshine on Putty by Ben Thompson
The Golden Age of British Comedy from Vic Reeves to The Office

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The definitive history of a golden age in British show-business, Sunshine On Putty is based on hundreds of interviews with the leading comedians of the era, as well as managers, agents, producers, directors, executives and TV personalities.

In the 1990s, British comedy underwent a renaissance – shows like The Fast Show, The Day Today, Shooting Stars, The League of Gentlemen, The Royle Family and The Office were hugely popular with critics and audiences alike. Just as politics, sport, art, literature and religion seemed to move towards light entertainment, the comedy on the nation's televisions not only offered a home to ideas and ideals of community which could no longer find one elsewhere, but also gave us a clearer picture of what was happening to our nation than any other form of artistic endeavour.

From Ricky Gervais' self-destructive love affair with dairy products to Steve Coogan's suicidal overtaking technique; from the secrets of Vic Reeves' woodshed, to the stains on Caroline Aherne's sofa; from Victor Meldrew's prophetic dream to Spike Milligan's final resting place, Ben Thompson reveals the twisted beauty of British comedy’s psyche.

 

About Ben Thompson

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Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of a website badassoftheweek.com since 2004, and has written humorous history-related columns for outlets such as Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the American Mustache Institute. Even though he's never flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched someone so hard that his head exploded, he is considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on badassitude. He is the author of Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend.
 
Published May 6, 2010 by Harper Perennial. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Sunshine on Putty: The Golden Age of British Comedy from Vic Reeves to The Office, by Ben Thompson (Harper Perennial, £8.99) It is a striking claim: that a national comedic golden age began with Vic Reeves's Big Night Out.

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Sunshine on Putty: The Golden Age of British Comedy from Vic Reeves to The Office by Ben Thompson Fourth Estate £15, pp459 Analysing comedy is probably the most self-defeating of all forms of cultural criticism;

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Realizing that digression is the better part of valor, Thompson tosses in many funny footnotes as he writes in a whirlwind of whimsy, circling about his central premise: that modern British comedy found a new direction after the influential Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer launched Vic Reeves Big Nigh...

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