The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
While creating these pages, I have come across a few websites that have had a great impact on me. Go to them, have a browse and discover some other people with a similar passion for funny and history.
Journalist Stephen Dixon has produced a site of transcribed interviews, conducted with some great Variety srats of yesteryear. These were first published for The Guardian newspaper in the early 70s, but he has been adding to it over the years.
A wonderful site, chock-full of information on Music Hall performers of the early twentieth century. Also worth looking at the site's magazine Call Boy which has some fantastic articles on Variety, Cabaret and Music Hall.
A site devoted to commemorating the great stars of
Music Hall, Musical Comedy, Theatre, Variety, Vaudeville and Pantomime. Includes US performers as well as UK.
There are over 2,400 pages of information on this site and more than 11,000 archive images on the history of Music Hall and Theatre in the UK. Beautiful.
A marvellous collection of retro TV, film and radio. Well worth a look for anyone born in the 50s, 60s or 70s or who has a weakness for nostalgia.
A site that ran in parallel with the comedy fanzine of the same name, but which sadly stopped being updated when the publication closed. Nevertheless some fantastic articles on comedy heroes of the past.