Frank Muir's Sketchwriters

These people wrote sketches in Frank Muir's (which see) Book of Comedy Sketches
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Peter Cook
Writer, Bedazzled
One of four stars of the London and New York revues Beyond the Fringe and Beyond the Fringe (with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Dudley Moore). Later created scatological comedy routine "Derek & Clive" with Moore.
“ The most popular writer in the book. Has several sketches which he wrote with Pieces of Eight-Not An Asp, Hand Up Your Sticks, Critic's Choice and One Leg Too Few; Beyond the Fringe-TVPM, Take a Pew, The Great Train Robbery. ” - plwimsett
Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Barker's remarkable versatility as a performer can be traced back to his time in repertory theatre, where he was able to play a wide range of roles and develop his talent for accents, voices and verbal dexterity. It was during this time that he met Glenn Melvyn, who taught him how to stammer (something he would later use to great effect in the sitcom Open All Hours)...
“ Wrote sketches as Gerald Wiley-Doctor's Waiting Room. ” - plwimsett
Noël Coward
Writer, Easy Virtue
Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool Britannia." Even before his 1924 drugs-and-sex scandal of The Vortex...
“ Wrote revue sketches Sorry You've Been Troubled, Growing Pains and The Order of the Day. ” - plwimsett
Harold Pinter
Writer, Sleuth
Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature, was born October 10, 1930, in London's working-class Hackney district to Hyman and Frances Pinter, Eastern European Jews who had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Portugal. Hyman (known as "Jack") was a tailor specializing in women's clothing and Frances was a homemaker...
“ More famous for his plays, wrote Trouble in the Works. ” - plwimsett
Michael Palin
Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python. After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over three years from 1976...
“ Wrote Hendon, Forgery, Report on the Village Fete, Christmas Oath, for The Frost Report. Wrote Hello (Party sketch) for Two Ronnies. ” - plwimsett
Terry Jones
Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show for television, which was his first success...
“ Wrote Hendon, Forgery, Report on the Village Fete for the Frost Report. Wrote Hello (party sketch) for Two Ronnies. ” - plwimsett
“ Wrote Repeats and Orgy and Less for Two Ronnies. ” - plwimsett
“ Wrote (bad) secretary sketch for Frost Report, Sketcherism Spoon for The Frost Report. ” - plwimsett
Neil Shand
Writer, Q5
“ Co-wrote Strangers When We Meet for Two Ronnies. ” - plwimsett
“ Wrote Chancellor of the Exchequer and Nows at Ton for Two Ronnies, ” - plwimsett
“ Wrote the Educating Alec sketch with Marty Feldman. ” - plwimsett
Marty Feldman
"I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up," Marty Feldman told a reporter -- a week before he died. This beloved comedian, who poked fun at himself, as well as others, was born Martin Alan Feldman on July 8, 1934, in London, England. His parents were of Ukrainian Jewish heritage (from Kiev)...
“ Wrote the Educating Alec sketch with Barry Took. ” - plwimsett
“ The creator of this book. Wrote the Balham sketch for Peter Sellers, and Common Entrance and the Private Lives sketch,. with Denis Norden. ” - plwimsett
“ Created The Day War Broke Out sketches. ” - plwimsett
Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett is an award-winning dramatist and screenwriter who is best known as a member of Beyond the Fringe (a satirical review that was a hit on both the London stage and on Broadway and featured fellow members Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore) and for his plays The Madness of King George and The History Boys. Bennett and Miller also collaborated on the TV sketch show On the Margin...
John Cleese
John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height...
Hermione Gingold
Actress, Gigi
One of stage, screen, radio and TV's most delightful, inimitable eccentrics, Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was born the daughter of an upscale Austrian financier and English homemaker. She made her stage debut in 1908, thus beginning a long, commanding presence in London playing everything from Jessica...
Harry Tate
Actor, Motoring
Harry Tate born Ronald Hutchison in Scotland in 1872. Tate worked for Harry Tate & Sons, Sugar Refiners before going on the theatre, and took his stage name from them. British comedian, made his stage debut at the Oxford Music Hall in 1895, becoming a highly well-known impressionist of popular music hall stars such as Dan Leno...
Irene Handl
English character actress best known for her many portrayals of feisty cockney types, ranging from barmaids to landladies, charwomen to cooks. Unlike her working class screen personae, Irene's parentage was quite cosmopolitan, her father a Viennese banker, her mother a French aristocrat - affluent enough to enable her to travel extensively in her youth...
Peter Shaffer
Writer, Amadeus
Educated St Paul's School & Trinity College, Cambridge. Worked in Aquisitions Dept. of New York Public Library and for music publisher Boosey & Hawkes before finding fame as playwright.