Frank Muir's Sketchwriters

by plwimsett | created - 06 Mar 2014 | updated - 07 Mar 2014 | Public

These people wrote sketches in Frank Muir's (which see) Book of Comedy Sketches

1. Peter Cook

Actor | The Princess Bride

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.

2. Ronnie Barker

Actor | The Two Ronnies

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 ...

Wrote sketches as Gerald Wiley-Doctor's Waiting Room.

3. Noël Coward

Writer | In Which We Serve

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...

Wrote revue sketches Sorry You've Been Troubled, Growing Pains and The Order of the Day.

4. 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 ...

More famous for his plays, wrote Trouble in the Works.

5. Michael Palin

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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 ...

Wrote Hendon, Forgery, Report on the Village Fete, Christmas Oath, for The Frost Report. Wrote Hello (Party sketch) for Two Ronnies.

6. Terry Jones

Writer | The Meaning of Life

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 (1966) for television, ...

Wrote Hendon, Forgery, Report on the Village Fete for the Frost Report. Wrote Hello (party sketch) for Two Ronnies.

7. David Nobbs

Actor | The Wedding Date

David Nobbs was born on March 13, 1935 in Petts Wood, London, England as David Gordon Nobbs. He is known for his work on The Wedding Date (2005), It's Tommy Cooper (1969) and The Frost Report (1966). He was married to Susan Bray and Mary Jane Blatchford. He died on August 9, 2015 in Harrogate, ...

Wrote Repeats and Orgy and Less for Two Ronnies.

8. Dick Vosburgh

Writer | It's Tommy Cooper

Dick Vosburgh was born on August 27, 1929 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA as Richard Kennedy Vosburgh. He was a writer and actor, known for It's Tommy Cooper (1969), Planet Patrol (1963) and The Two Ronnies (1971). He was married to Beryl Roques. He died on April 18, 2007 in London, England.

Wrote (bad) secretary sketch for Frost Report, Sketcherism Spoon for The Frost Report.

9. Neil Shand

Writer | Mike Yarwood in Persons

Neil Shand was born on March 3, 1934 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England as Neil Hodgson Shand. He was a writer and assistant director, known for Mike Yarwood in Persons (1976), Three of a Kind (1967) and Larry Grayson (1975). He was married to Judith Keppel, Mary Massie and Pamela Reeves. He died on ...

Co-wrote Strangers When We Meet for Two Ronnies.

10. Barry Cryer

Writer | It's Tommy Cooper

Barry Cryer was born on March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Barry Charles Cryer. He is known for his work on It's Tommy Cooper (1969), The Two Ronnies (1971) and The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971). He has been married to Theresa Margaret 'Terry' Donovan since 1962. They have four ...

Wrote Chancellor of the Exchequer and Nows at Ton for Two Ronnies,

11. Barry Took

Writer | Marty

Barry Took was born on June 19, 1928 in Muswell Hill, North London, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Marty (1968), Laugh-In (1967) and The World of Beachcomber (1968). He died on March 31, 2002 in London, England.

Wrote the Educating Alec sketch with Marty Feldman.

12. Marty Feldman

Actor | Young Frankenstein

"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 ...

Wrote the Educating Alec sketch with Barry Took.

13. Frank Muir

Writer | The Seven Faces of Jim

Frank Muir was born on February 5, 1920 in Broadstairs, Kent, England as Frank Herbert Muir. He was a writer and actor, known for The Seven Faces of Jim (1961), The Frost Report (1966) and Bottoms Up (1960). He was married to Polly McIrvine. He died on January 2, 1998 in Thorpe, Surrey, England.

The creator of this book. Wrote the Balham sketch for Peter Sellers, and Common Entrance and the Private Lives sketch,. with Denis Norden.

14. Denis Norden

Writer | Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell

Denis Norden was born on February 6, 1922 in Hackney, London, England as Denis Mostyn Norden. He is a writer and actor, known for Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968), The Seven Faces of Jim (1961) and The Frost Report (1966). He has been married to Avril Rosen since 1943. They have two children.

15. Robb Wilton

Actor | Two's Company

Robb Wilton was born on August 28, 1881 in Liverpool, England as Robert Wilton Smith. He was an actor, known for Two's Company (1936), The Love Match (1955) and The White Countess (2005). He was married to Florence Palmer. He died on May 1, 1957 in London, England.

Created The Day War Broke Out sketches.

16. Reginald Beckwith

Actor | Thunderball

Reginald Beckwith was born on November 2, 1908 in York, England as William Reginald Beckwith. He was an actor and writer, known for Thunderball (1965), Curse of the Demon (1957) and Man with a Million (1954). He died on June 26, 1965 in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England.

17. Alan Bennett

Writer | The Madness of King George

Alan Bennett is an award-winning dramatist and screenwriter who is best known as a member of Beyond the Fringe (1964) (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 ...

18. Michael Bentine

Writer | Potty Time

Michael Bentine was born on January 26, 1922 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Potty Time (1973), The Bumblies (1954) and The Sandwich Man (1966). He was married to Clementina Stuart and Marie Barradell. He died on November 26, 1996 in The Royal Marsden ...

20. Tim Brooke-Taylor

Actor | The Goodies

Tim Brooke-Taylor was born on July 17, 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor. He is an actor and writer, known for The Goodies (1970), At Last the 1948 Show (1967) and Engelbert with the Young Generation (1972). He has been married to Christine Wheadon since 1968. They...

21. Rob Buckman

Writer | Doctors and Nurses

Rob Buckman was born on August 22, 1948 in London, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Doctors and Nurses (1979), Doctor on the Go (1975) and The Pink Medicine Show (1978). He was married to Patricia Shaw. He died on October 11, 2011.

22. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

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 ...

24. Herbert Farjeon

Writer | The Wooing of Anne Hathaway

Herbert Farjeon was born on October 27, 1879 in San Francisco, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Wooing of Anne Hathaway (1938), Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) and White Zombie (1932). He was married to Claribel Fontaine. He died on November 3, 1972 in San Marcos, California.

25. 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 ...

26. 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 ...

27. Michael Bentine

Writer | Potty Time

Michael Bentine was born on January 26, 1922 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Potty Time (1973), The Bumblies (1954) and The Sandwich Man (1966). He was married to Clementina Stuart and Marie Barradell. He died on November 26, 1996 in The Royal Marsden ...

29. Irene Handl

Actress | The Italian Job

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 ...

30. Roger McGough

Writer | But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock

Roger McGough was born on November 9, 1937 in Liverpool, England as Roger Joseph McGough. He is an actor and writer, known for But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock (1972), Plays for Britain (1976) and Score with the Scaffold (1970).

31. Jonathan Miller

Producer | Cosi Fan Tutte

Jonathan Miller was born on July 21, 1934 in London, England as Jonathan Wolfe Miller. He is a writer and producer, known for Cosi Fan Tutte (1986), Sunday Night (1965) and Long Day's Journey Into Night (1987). He has been married to Helen Rachel Collet since 1956. They have three children.

32. David Nobbs

Actor | The Wedding Date

David Nobbs was born on March 13, 1935 in Petts Wood, London, England as David Gordon Nobbs. He is known for his work on The Wedding Date (2005), It's Tommy Cooper (1969) and The Frost Report (1966). He was married to Susan Bray and Mary Jane Blatchford. He died on August 9, 2015 in Harrogate, ...

33. Nigel Rees

Actor | Harry Enfield and Chums

Nigel Rees was born on June 5, 1944 in England. He is an actor, known for Harry Enfield and Chums (1994), Wogan (1982) and Anno Domini (1974).

34. 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.

35. Peter Vincent

Writer | The Two Ronnies

Peter Vincent is known for his work on The Two Ronnies (1971), It's Tommy Cooper (1969) and Dave Allen at Large (1971).

36. Keith Waterhouse

Writer | Billy Liar

Keith Waterhouse was born on February 6, 1929 in Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Keith Spencer Waterhouse. He was a writer, known for Billy Liar (1963), Whistle Down the Wind (1961) and A Kind of Loving (1962). He died on September 4, 2009 in London, England.