A great day for classic comedy fans, it’s the release date of a new biography of the Guv’nor: Fred Karno: The Legend Behind the Laughter. I hope I don’t have to tell my readers of the importance of Fred Karno…the man who taught Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, and a long list of other British music hall comedians who then went on to revolutionize Hollywood screen comedy. Without Karno, movie history would have gone down a lot differently. Author David Crump is also a practicing playwright and performer with a background in panto, and the long-time mind behind the Fred Karno website Khaotic. His new book has a foreword by none other than the great Chaplin scholar David Robinson. This one is a must for all our shelves! Can’t wait to get my paws on it! Get your’n here.
ADDENDUM: I’ve now reviewed it. Check out my review here.
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