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Robert Ross

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:57

Carrying On his career as a serious expert on comedy ...


Robert has written a library of best-selling books on the stars and history of British comedy including The Complete Sid James, The Carry On Companion, The Monty Python Encyclopedia, The Complete Terry-Thomas, Steptoe and Son, Benny Hill - Merry Master of Mirth, Last of the Summer Wine - The Finest Vintage, The Complete Frankie Howerd and Fawlty Towers - Fully Booked.

Terry Jones has said that "I learnt more about the Pythons from reading his book than from being one!" Jim Dale considers him "a one man encyclopedia of the very best of British comedy" while Phil Collins believes his "knowledge of English comedy is formidable."

His book The Complete Goodies was launched at a sell-out event at the National Film Theatre with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. Later Robert interviewed The League of Gentlemen, Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, at another NFT hit. A regular guest broadcaster on radio and television, he has made appearances in such shows as What's A Carry On?, Top Ten: Comedy Records, Will the Real Basil Fawlty Please Stand Up?, Legends: Terry-Thomas and even several cameo roles in Last of the Summer Wine.

A prolific comedy consultant he was a judge at the 2004 British Animation Awards. Robert has also moderated over thirty DVD audio commentaries working with such comedy favourites as Leslie Phillips, Norman Wisdom, Brian Murphy, Jack Douglas and June Whitfield. His first commissioned script, the Big Finish Doctor Who adventure Medicinal Purposes starring Cult TV 2004 guest Colin Baker, was released in August 2003.

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