Ref NoBSUCA/JP/1/2/31
CollectionJohn Pidgeon Collection
TitleLee Hurst interviewed for 'Talking Comedy'
Name of creatorPidgeon, John, 1947-2016
Duration1 hr. 6 min. 59 sec.
Extent1 sound cassette (DAT 95)
1 audio file Broadcast WAVE Format
DescriptionLee Hurst interviewed by John Pidgeon at The Sound Company, London, for 'Talking Comedy', a BBC Radio 2 programme in which comedians talk about the people that make them laugh. Tape marked 'Lee Hurst Vox'. This is the unedited interview, not the programme as broadcast.

Summary: John Pidgeon and Lee Hurst talking [04:37] Mark Thomas [05:05] Milton Jones, Harry Hill, Tim Vine. [06:33] First stand-up he ever saw was Steve Murray. [08:53] Morecambe & Wise, Tommy Cooper. [09:30] Two Ronnies. [09:37] The Comedians [10:07] Monty Python [11:37] The Goon Show script book [12:00] Discussion about Impressions and Impressionists [13:00] I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, [13:20] John Cleese, Tim Brooke Taylor, [13:29] The Goodies, more visual than Python. [14:18] John Pidgeon discusses Comedy Family Trees, John Cleese career, Footlights Revue in 1963. [15:16] At Last, The 1948 Show, [15:23] The Complete and Utter History of Great Britain with [Michael] Palin & [Terry] Jones. [15:58] Lee Hurst talks about BBC wiping tapes clean. [16:50] Tony Palmer.
[18:07] Dave Allen. [20:00] Woody Allen. [22:14] comparing Steve Murray to Tommy Cooper. [23:55] Mark Thomas [26:08] Steven Wright, American comic [26:18] Des O’Connor show in the early 1980s, Bob Monkhouse took it over, exposure to observational humour.
[28:43] Billy Crystal as a comic performer. [31:00] John Pidgeon discusses Analyse This with Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro. [31:39] Sean Meo [35:34] Sean Meo appeared on Des O’Connor and Clive James. [36:41] The Comedy Store on Channel 5.
[37:24] Peter Cook & Dudley Moore [39:57] Derek & Clive [42:09] Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling. [42:42] Billy Crystal impressions, Howard Cosell, Muhammed Ali.
[43:10] Listening to various (faint) clips. [43:30] Peter Cook & Dudley Moore clip [44:46] Discussion, Frog and Peach [45:05] Morecambe and Wise clip plays [46:06] Discussion, Sid Green & Dick Hills [48:17] Steven Wright clip plays [49:25] Discussion about Steven Wright’s delivery. [50:34] Billy Crystal clip [52:23] Discussion about impressionists [54:01] Woody Allen clip [56:52] Discussion.
[59:26] Recording trails & introduction takes [01:06:31] recording stops.
NotesLPCM wave 16 bit 44.1kHz. Digital Audio Tape (DAT) captured using a PC running Windows; SPDIF connection via RME PCI card. Digitisation engineer Adrian Finn, Greatbear analogue & digital media ltd.
CategoryAudio recordings
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