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Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English actor, satirist, writer and comedian. Cook is widely regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. He was closely associated with the anti-establishment comedy that emerged in the United Kingdom and United States in the late 1950s. Called "the father of modern satire" by The Guardian, in 2005, Cook was ranked number one in the Comedians' Comedian, a poll of over 300 comics, comedy writers, producers, and directors throughout the English-speaking world.[1][2]


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 1960s 2.2 1970s 2.3 Consequences album 2.4 Amnesty International
Amnesty International
performances 2.5 1980s 2.6 Revival

3 Death 4 Legacy 5 Filmography 6 TV Series 7 Discography 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Early life[edit] Cook was born at his parents' house, "Shearbridge", in Middle Warberry Road, Torquay, Devon. He was the only son and eldest of the three children of Alexander Edward "Alec" Cook (1906–1984), a colonial civil servant, and his wife Ethel Catherine Margaret, née Mayo (1908–1994). He was educated at Radley College
Radley College
and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied French and German. As a student, Cook initially intended to become a career diplomat like his father, but Britain "had run out of colonies", as he put it.[3] Although politically largely apathetic, particularly in later life when he displayed a deep distrust of politicians of all hues, he did join the Cambridge University Liberal Club.[4] At Pembroke Cook performed and wrote comedy sketches as a member of the Cambridge Footlights
Club, of which he became president in 1960. His hero was fellow Footlights
writer and Cambridge magazine writer David Nobbs.[5] Whilst still at university, Cook wrote for Kenneth Williams, providing several sketches for Williams' hit West End comedy revue Pieces of Eight and much of the follow-up, One Over the Eight, before finding prominence in his own right in a four-man group satirical stage show, Beyond the Fringe, with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
and Dudley Moore.[6] Beyond the Fringe
Beyond the Fringe
became a great success in London
after being first performed at the Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival
and included Cook impersonating the prime minister, Harold Macmillan. This was one of the first occasions satirical political mimicry had been attempted in live theatre and it shocked audiences. During one performance, Macmillan was in the theatre and Cook departed from his script and attacked him verbally.[7] Career[edit] 1960s[edit]

Cook in the revue Beyond the Fringe

In 1961, Cook opened The Establishment, a club at 18 Greek Street in Soho
in central London, presenting fellow comedians in a nightclub setting, including American Lenny Bruce. Cook said it was a satirical venue modelled on "those wonderful Berlin cabarets ... which did so much to stop the rise of Hitler and prevent the outbreak of the Second World War";[8] as a members-only venue it was outside the censorship restrictions. Cook befriended and supported Australian comedian and actor Barry Humphries, who began his British solo career at the club. Humphries said in his autobiography, My Life As Me, that he found Cook's lack of interest in art and literature off-putting. Dudley Moore's jazz trio played in the basement of the club during the early 1960s. In 1962, the BBC
commissioned a pilot for a television series of satirical sketches based on the Establishment Club, but it was not immediately picked up and Cook went to New York City
New York City
for a year to perform Beyond The Fringe on Broadway. When he returned, the pilot had been refashioned as That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
and had made a star of David Frost, something Cook resented. The 1960s satire boom was coming to an end and Cook said: "England was about to sink giggling into the sea".[9] He complained that Frost's success was based on copying Cook's own stage persona and Cook dubbed him "the bubonic plagiarist",[10] and said that his only regret in life, according to Alan Bennett, had been saving Frost from drowning. This incident occurred in the summer of 1963, when the rivalry between the two men was at its height. Cook had realised that Frost's potential drowning would have looked deliberate if he had not been rescued.[11] Around this time, Cook provided financial backing for the satirical magazine Private Eye, supporting it through difficult periods, particularly in libel trials. Cook invested his own money and solicited investment from his friends. For a time, the magazine was produced from the premises of the Establishment Club. In 1963, Cook married Wendy Snowden; the couple had two daughters, Lucy and Daisy, but the marriage ended in 1970. Cook expanded television comedy with Eleanor Bron, John Bird and John Fortune. His first regular television spot was on Granada Television's Braden Beat with Bernard Braden, where he featured his most enduring character: the static, dour and monotonal E. L. Wisty, whom Cook had conceived for Radley College's Marionette Society.

Cook and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
in London
for the US television programme, Kraft Music Hall

Cook's comedy partnership with Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
led to Not Only... But Also. This was originally intended by the BBC
as a vehicle for Moore's music, but Moore invited Cook to write sketches and appear with him. Using few props, they created dry, absurd television that proved hugely popular and lasted for three series between 1965 and 1970. Cook played characters such as Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling and the two men created their Pete and Dud alter egos. Other sketches included "Superthunderstingcar", a parody of the Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson
marionette TV shows, and Cook's pastiche of 1960s trendy arts documentaries – satirised in a parodic segment on Greta Garbo. When Cook learned a few years later that the videotapes of the series were to be wiped, a common practice at the time, he offered to buy the recordings from the BBC
but was refused because of copyright issues. He suggested he could purchase new tapes so that the BBC
would have no need to erase the originals, but this was also turned down. Of the original 22 programmes, only eight still survive complete. A compilation of six half-hour programmes, The Best of What's Left of Not Only...But Also was shown on television and has been released on both VHS and DVD. With The Wrong Box
The Wrong Box
(1966) and Bedazzled (1967) Cook and Moore began to act in films together. Directed by Stanley Donen, the underlying story of Bedazzled is credited to Cook and Moore and its screenplay to Cook. A comic parody of Faust, it stars Cook as George Spigott (the Devil) who tempts Stanley Moon (Moore), a frustrated, short-order chef, with the promise of gaining his heart's desire – the unattainable beauty and waitress at his cafe, Margaret Spencer (Eleanor Bron) – in exchange for his soul, but repeatedly tricks him. The film features cameo appearances by Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries
as Envy and Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
as Lust. Moore composed the soundtrack music and co-wrote (with Cook) the songs performed in the film. His jazz trio backed Cook on the theme, a parodic anti-love song, which Cook delivered in a deadpan monotone and included his familiar put-down, "you fill me with inertia." In 1968, Cook and Moore briefly switched to ATV for four one-hour programmes entitled Goodbye Again, based on the Pete and Dud characters. Cook's increasing alcoholism led him to become reliant on cue cards and the show was not a popular success, owing in part to the publication of the ITV listings magazine, TV Times, being suspended because of a strike. John Cleese
John Cleese
was a cast member. 1970s[edit]

Cook (right) and Moore performing in the revue Good Evening on Broadway

In 1970, Cook took over a project initiated by David Frost
David Frost
for a satirical film about an opinion pollster who rises to become President of Great Britain. Under Cook's guidance, the character became modelled on Frost. The film, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, was not a success, although the cast contained notable names (including appearances from Monty Python's John Cleese
John Cleese
and Graham Chapman, who co-wrote the film). Cook became a favourite of the chat show circuit but his own effort at hosting one for the BBC
in 1971, Where Do I Sit?, was said by the critics to have been a disappointment. He was replaced after only two episodes by Michael Parkinson, the start of Parkinson's career as a chat show host. Parkinson later asked Cook what his ambitions were, Cook replied jocularly "[...] in fact, my ambition is to shut you up altogether you see!"[12] Cook and Moore fashioned sketches from Not Only....But Also and Goodbye Again with new material into the stage revue called Behind the Fridge. This show toured Australia in 1972 before transferring to New York City in 1973, re-titled as Good Evening. Cook frequently appeared on and off stage the worse for drink. Nonetheless, the show proved very popular and it won Tony and Grammy Awards. When it finished, Moore stayed in the United States to pursue his film acting ambitions in Hollywood. Cook returned to Britain and in 1973 married the actress and model Judy Huxtable. Later, the more risqué humour of Pete and Dud went farther on long-playing records as "Derek and Clive". The first recording was initiated by Cook to alleviate boredom during the Broadway run of Good Evening and used material conceived years before for the two characters but considered too outrageous. One of these audio recordings was also filmed and tensions between the duo are seen to rise. Chris Blackwell circulated bootleg copies to friends in the music business. The popularity of the recording convinced Cook to release it commercially, although Moore was initially reluctant, fearing that his rising fame as a Hollywood star would be undermined. Two further Derek and Clive albums were released, the last accompanied by a film. Cook and Moore hosted Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
on 24 January 1976 during the show's first season. They did a number of their classic stage routines, including "One Leg Too Few" and "Frog and Peach" among others, in addition to participating in some skits with the show's ensemble cast. In 1978, Cook appeared on the British music series Revolver as the manager of a ballroom where emerging punk and new wave acts played. For some groups, these were their first appearances on television. Cook's acerbic commentary was a distinctive aspect of the programme. In 1979, Cook recorded comedy-segments as B-sides to the Sparks 12-inch singles "Number One in Heaven" and "Tryouts for the Human Race". The main songwriter Ron Mael
Ron Mael
often began with a banal situation in his lyrics, and then went at surreal tangents in the style of Cook and S. J. Perelman. Consequences album[edit] Cook played multiple roles on the 1977 concept album Consequences, written and produced by former 10cc
members Kevin Godley
Kevin Godley
and Lol Creme. A mixture of spoken comedy and progressive rock with an environmental subtext, Consequences started as a single that Godley and Creme planned to make to demonstrate their invention, an electric guitar effect called the Gizmo, which they developed in 10cc. The project grew into a triple LP boxed set. The comedy sections were originally intended to be performed by a cast including Spike Milligan and Peter Ustinov, but Godley and Creme eventually settled on Cook once they realised he could perform most parts himself. The storyline centres on the impending divorce of ineffectual Englishman Walter Stapleton (Cook) and his French wife Lulu (Judy Huxtable). While meeting their lawyers – the bibulous Mr. Haig and overbearing Mr. Pepperman (both played by Cook) – the encroaching global catastrophe interrupts proceedings with bizarre and mysterious happenings, which seem to centre on Mr. Blint (Cook), a musician and composer living in the flat below Haig's office, to which it is connected by a large hole in the floor. Although it has since developed a cult following due to Cook's presence, Consequences was released as punk was sweeping the UK and proved a resounding commercial failure, savaged by critics who found the music self-indulgent. The script and story have evident connections to Cook's own life – his then wife Judy Huxtable plays Walter's wife. Cook's struggles with alcohol are mirrored in Haig's drinking, and there is a parallel between the fictional divorce of Walter and Lulu and Cook's own divorce from his first wife. The voice and accent Cook used for the character of Stapleton are similar to those of Cook's Beyond the Fringe
Beyond the Fringe
colleague, Alan Bennett, and a book on Cook's comedy, How Very Interesting, speculates that the characters Cook plays in Consequences are caricatures of the four Beyond The Fringe cast members – the alcoholic Haig represents Cook, the tremulous Stapleton is Bennett, the parodically Jewish Pepperman is Miller, and the pianist Blint represents Moore.[13] Amnesty International
Amnesty International
performances[edit] Cook appeared at the first three fund-raising galas staged by humourists John Cleese
John Cleese
and Martin Lewis on behalf of Amnesty International. The benefits were dubbed The Secret Policeman's Balls though it wasn't until the third show in 1979 that the title was used. He performed on all three nights of the first show in April 1976, A Poke in the Eye (With a Sharp Stick), as an individual performer and as a member of the cast of Beyond the Fringe, which reunited for the first time since the 1960s. He also appeared in a Monty Python
Monty Python
sketch, taking the place of Eric Idle. Cook was on the cast album of the show and in the film, Pleasure at Her Majesty's. He was in the second Amnesty gala in May 1977, An Evening Without Sir Bernard Miles. It was retitled The Mermaid Frolics for the cast album and TV special. Cook performed monologues and skits with Terry Jones. In June 1979, Cook performed all four nights of The Secret Policeman's Ball – teaming with John Cleese. Cook performed a couple of solo pieces and a sketch with Eleanor Bron. He also led the ensemble in the finale – the "End of the World" sketch from Beyond The Fringe. In response to a barb in The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
that the show was recycled material, Cook wrote a satire of the summing-up by Mr Justice Cantley in the trial of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, a summary thought by some to show bias in favour of Thorpe. Cook performed it that same night (Friday 29 June – the third of the four nights) and the following night. The nine-minute opus, "Entirely a Matter for You", is considered by many fans and critics to be one of the finest works of Cook's career. Cook and show producer Martin Lewis brought out an album on Virgin Records
Virgin Records
entitled Here Comes the Judge: Live of the live performance together with three studio tracks that further lampooned the Thorpe trial.[14] Although unable to take part in the 1981 gala, Cook supplied the narration over the animated opening title sequence of the 1982 film of the show. With Lewis, he wrote and voiced radio commercials to advertise the film in the UK. He also hosted a spoof film awards ceremony that was part of the world première of the film in London
in March 1982. Following Cook's 1987 stage reunion with Moore for the annual American benefit for the homeless, Comic Relief (not related to the UK Comic Relief benefits), Cook repeated the reunion for a British audience by performing with Moore at the 1989 Amnesty benefit The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball. 1980s[edit] In 1980, partly spurred by Moore's growing film star status, Cook moved to Hollywood and appeared as an uptight English butler to a wealthy American woman in a short-lived United States television sitcom, The Two of Us, also making cameo appearances in a couple of undistinguished films. In 1980, Cook starred in the LWT
special Peter Cook & Co. The show included comedy sketches, including a Tales of the Unexpected parody "Tales of the Much As We Expected." This involved Cook as Roald Dahl, explaining his name had been Ronald before he dropped the "n." The cast included John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Beryl Reid, Paula Wilcox and Terry Jones. In 1983 Cook played the role of Richard III in the first episode of Blackadder, "The Foretelling," which parodies Laurence Olivier's portrayal. He narrated the short film "Diplomatix" by Norwegian comedy trio Kirkvaag, Lystad and Mjøen, which won the " Special
Prize of the City of Montreux" at the Montreux Comedy Festival in 1985. In 1986 he partnered Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
on her UK talk show. He appeared as Mr Jolly in 1987 in The Comic Strip Presents' episode "Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door," playing an assassin who covers the sound of his murders by playing Tom Jones records. That same year, Cook made a big splash on American shores when he appeared in The Princess Bride as the "Impressive Clergyman" who officiates the wedding ceremony between Buttercup and Prince Humperdinck, uttering the now famous line "Mawage!" Also that year he spent time working with Martin Lewis on a political satire about the 1988 US presidential elections for HBO, but the script went unproduced. Lewis suggested Cook team with Moore for the US Comic Relief telethon for the homeless. The duo reunited and performed their "One Leg Too Few" sketch. In 1988, Cook appeared as a contestant on the improvisation comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Cook was declared the winner, his prize being to read the credits in the style of a New York cab driver – a character he had portrayed in Peter Cook
Peter Cook
& Co. Cook occasionally called in to Clive Bull's night-time phone-in radio show on LBC
in London. Using the name "Sven from Swiss Cottage," he mused on love, loneliness and herrings in a mock Norwegian accent. Jokes included Sven's attempts to find his estranged wife, in which he often claimed to be telephoning the show from all over the world, and his hatred of the Norwegian obsession with fish. While Bull was clearly aware that Sven was fictional he did not learn of his real identity until later. Revival[edit] In late 1989, Cook married for the third time, to Malaysian-born property developer Chiew Lin Chong (1945–2016) in Torbay, Devon. She provided him with some stability in his personal life and he reduced his drinking, to the extent that for a time he was teetotal. He lived alone in a small 18th-century house in Perrins Walk, Hampstead, while his wife kept her own property only 100 yards away. Cook returned to the BBC
as Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling for an appearance with Ludovic Kennedy in A Life in Pieces. The 12 interviews saw Sir Arthur recount his life based on the Twelve Days of Christmas. Unscripted interviews with Cook as Streeb-Greebling and satirist Chris Morris were recorded in late 1993 and broadcast as Why Bother? on BBC Radio 3. Morris described them:

It was a very different style of improvisation from what I'd been used to, working with people like Steve Coogan, Doon Mackichan and Rebecca Front, because those On the Hour
On the Hour
and The Day Today
The Day Today
things were about trying to establish a character within a situation, and Peter Cook
Peter Cook
was really doing 'knight's move' and 'double knight's move' thinking to construct jokes or ridiculous scenes flipping back on themselves, and it was amazing. I mean, I held out no great hopes that he wouldn't be a boozy old sack of lard with his hair falling out and scarcely able to get a sentence out, because he hadn't given much evidence that that wouldn't be the case. But, in fact, he stumbled in with a Safeways bag full of Kestrel lager and loads of fags and then proceeded to skip about mentally with the agility of a grasshopper. Really quite extraordinary.[15]

On 17 December 1993, Cook appeared on Clive Anderson
Clive Anderson
Talks Back as four characters – biscuit tester and alien abductee Norman House, football manager and motivational speaker Alan Latchley, judge Sir James Beauchamp and rock legend Eric Daley. The following day he appeared on BBC2 performing links for Arena's "Radio Night". He also appeared, on 26 December, in the 1993 Christmas special of One Foot in the Grave ("One Foot in the Algarve"), playing a muckraking tabloid photographer. Before the end of the next year his mother died, and a grief-stricken Cook returned to heavy drinking. He made his last TV appearance on the show Pebble Mill at One in November 1994. Death[edit] Cook died from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage[16] on 9 January 1995, aged 57. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium
Golders Green Crematorium
and his ashes were buried in an unmarked plot behind St John-at-Hampstead, not far from his house in Perrins Walk. Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
attended Cook's memorial service at St John-at-Hampstead on 1 May 1995.[17] He and Martin Lewis presented a two-night memorial for Cook at The Improv
The Improv
in Los Angeles, on 15 and 16 November 1995, to mark what would have been Cook's 58th birthday.[18] Legacy[edit]

Cook's green plaque in Westminster, London

Cook is widely acknowledged as a strong influence on the many British comedians who followed him from the amateur dramatic clubs of British universities to the Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival
Fringe, and then to radio and television. On his death some critics choose to see Cook's life as tragic, insofar as the brilliance of his youth had not been sustained in his later years. However, Cook himself always maintained he had no ambitions at all for sustained success. He assessed happiness by his friendships and his enjoyment of life. Eric Idle
Eric Idle
and Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
said Cook had not wasted his talent but rather that the newspapers had tried to waste him.[citation needed] Several friends honoured him with a dedication in the closing credits of Fierce Creatures
Fierce Creatures
(1997), a comedy film written by John Cleese
John Cleese
about a zoo in peril of being closed. It starred Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
and Michael Palin. The dedication displays photos and the lifespan dates of Cook and of British naturalist and humourist Gerald Durrell. In 1999 the minor planet 20468 Petercook, in the main asteroid belt, was named after Cook.[19] Channel 4 broadcast Not Only But Always, a television film dramatising the relationship between Cook and Moore, with Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
portraying Cook. At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival
Fringe a play, Pete and Dud: Come Again written by Chris Bartlett and Nick Awde, examined the relationship from Moore's view. The play was transferred to London's West End at The Venue in 2006 and toured the UK the following year. Tom Goodman-Hill starred as Cook and Kevin Bishop
Kevin Bishop
as Moore in the West End. A green plaque was unveiled by the Westminster
City Council and the Heritage Foundation at the site of the Establishment Club on 15 February 2009 after an online campaign by satirist / event Organiser Mark Biddiss, who also organised "The World's 1st Peter Cook
Peter Cook
is dead Birthday Party/Long overdue Public Wake" at the site of the Establishment Club to promote the plaque, which featured a live reworking of 'Derek & Clive' material titled "Derek & Clive are Alive again".[20] A historic blue plaque was unveiled by the Torbay
Civic Society on 17 November 2014 at Cook's place of birth, "Shearbridge", Middle Warberry Road, Torquay, with his widow Lin and other members of the family in attendance. A further blue plaque was commissioned and erected at the home of his favourite football club, Torquay
United, Plainmoor, Torquay, in 2015.[21] Filmography[edit]

Bachelor of Hearts
Bachelor of Hearts
(1958) – Pedestrian in Street (uncredited) Ten Thousand Talents Short Film (1960) (voice) What's Going on Here TV Movie (1963) The Wrong Box
The Wrong Box
(1966) – Morris Finsbury Alice in Wonderland (1966) – Mad Hatter Bedazzled (1967) – George Spiggott / The Devil A Dandy in Aspic (1968) – Prentiss Monte Carlo or Bust!
Monte Carlo or Bust!
(released in the US as Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies) (1969) – Maj. Digby Dawlish The Bed Sitting Room (1969) – Inspector The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970) – Michael Rimmer Behind the Fridge TV Movie (1971) – Various Characters An Apple a Day TV Movie (1971) – Mr Elwood Sr. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) – Dominic Saturday Night at the Baths (1975) – Himself – in theater audience (uncredited) Find the Lady (1976) – Lewenhak Eric Sykes Shows a Few of Our Favourite Things TV Movie (1977) – Stagehand The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) – Sherlock Holmes Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979) – Clive Peter Cook
Peter Cook
& Co TV Movie (1980) – Various Characters Yellowbeard (1983) – Lord Percy Lambourn Supergirl (1984) – Nigel Kenny Everett's Christmas Carol TV Movie (1985) – Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come The Myth (1986) – Himself The Princess Bride (1987) – The Impressive Clergyman Whoops Apocalypse (1988) – Sir Mortimer Chris Without a Clue
Without a Clue
(1988) – Norman Greenhough Getting It Right (1989) – Mr. Adrian Jake's Journey TV Movie (1988) – King Great Balls of Fire! (1989) – First English Reporter The Craig Ferguson Story TV Movie (1991) – Fergus Ferguson One Foot in the Algarve (1993 film) – Martin Trout Black Beauty (1994) – Lord Wexmire (final film role) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
Talks Golf Balls (Video 1994) – Plays 4 characters Alec Dunroonie / Dr Dieter Liedbetter / Major Titherly Glibble / Bill Rossi

TV Series[edit]

Chronicle TV Series (1964) – (1 episode) A Series of Bird's TV Series (1967) – (1 episode) Not Only... But Also TV Series (1965–1970) Various Characters (22 episodes) Not Only But Also. Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
in Australia TV Mini Series (1971) Thirty-Minute Theatre
Thirty-Minute Theatre
(1972) – Peter Trilby (1 episode) The Two of Us TV Series 1981 – 1982) – Robert Brentwood (20 episodes) The Black Adder
The Black Adder
TV Series (1983) Richard III (1 episode) Diplomatix TV Short (1985) – Narrator (voice) The Comic Strip Presents... (1988) – Mr Jolly (1 episode) The Best of... What's Left of... Not Only... But Also (1990) – Pete / Himself / other characters (1 episode) A Life in Pieces (TV Series Short 1990) – Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling (12 episodes) Roger Mellie: The Man on the Telly (1991) – Roger Mellie (voice) Gone to Seed (1992) – Wesley Willis – (6 episodes) Arena
(1993) – (documentary) (2 episodes)

Amnesty International
Amnesty International

Pleasure at Her Majesty's
Pleasure at Her Majesty's
(1976) The Mermaid Frolics (1977) The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979) The Secret Policeman's Private Parts (1981) The Best of Amnesty: Featuring the Stars of Monty Python
Monty Python

Discography[edit] UK chart singles:

"The Ballad of Spotty Muldoon" (1965) "Goodbye-ee" (1965) (both with Dudley Moore)[22]


Bridge on the River Wye
Bridge on the River Wye
(1962) The Misty Mr. Wisty
The Misty Mr. Wisty
(1965) Decca LK 4722 Derek and Clive (Live) (with Dudley Moore) (1976) Derek and Clive Come Again (with Dudley Moore) (1977) Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam (with Dudley Moore) (1978)


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Peter Cook
the funniest". The Age. Australia. 3 January 2005.  ^ "Cook tops poll of comedy greats". The Guardian. 2 January 2005.  ^ Paxman, Jeremy (2012). Empire. Penguin. ISBN 9780670919598.  ^ "About us " Keynes Society". Keynessociety.wordpress.com. Retrieved 15 May 2011.  ^ I Didn't Get Where I am Today by David Nobbs
David Nobbs
9780099421641 ^ "Peter Edward Cook British entertainer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2017-10-17.  ^ Cook as Macmillan: "there's nothing I like better than to wander over to a theatre and sit there listening to a group of sappy, urgent, vibrant young satirists with a stupid great grin spread all over my silly face", Tragically I Was an Only Twin, p. 51. ^ "Tom Lehrer interview". Smh.com.au. 1 March 2003. Retrieved 16 September 2013.  ^ The Spectator, Volume 211. 1963. Retrieved 16 September 2013.  ^ Simon Hattenstone "The Saturday interview: David Frost", The Guardian, 2 July 2011 ^ Humphrey Carpenter That Was Satire That Was: The Satire Boom of the 1960s, London: Victor Gollancz, 2000, pp. 270–71. ^ " Peter Cook
Peter Cook
on "Parkinson" – Part 2". YouTube. Retrieved 16 September 2013.  ^ Peter Gordon, Dan Kieran Paul Hamilton (eds) – How Very Interesting: Peter Cook's Universe and All That Surrounds It (Matrix Media Services, 2006) ^ "Peter Cook". Phespirit.info. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2009.  ^ "The Establishment – The Spiggott – Chris Morris Interview". Stabbers.truth.posiweb.net. Retrieved 25 July 2009.  ^ "Wife's grief for wasted genius of Peter Cook".  ^ "Goodbyee . . . Dud bids poignant farewell to his partner Pete". 2 May 1995. Retrieved 12 October 2017.  ^ "Daily Llama – NEWS 1995_12_21 – Celebration Recently Held to Honor Deceased Peter Cook". www.dailyllama.com. Retrieved 12 October 2017.  ^ Alan Chamberlin. " Minor planet
Minor planet
"20468 Petercook" at NASA website". Ssd.jpl.nasa.gov. Retrieved 15 May 2011.  ^ " Peter Cook
Peter Cook
Blue Plaque Unveiling". The Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 February 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2009.  ^ http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Comedian-Peter-Cook-honoured-blue-plaque/story-24545932-detail/story.htm[permanent dead link] ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 119. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

Further reading[edit]

Harry Thompson (1998). Peter Cook: A Biography. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-64969-0.  John Lawton (1992). 1963: 500 Days. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0340508469.  Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
(2003). Dud and Pete: The Dagenham Dialogues. Methuen. ISBN 978-0-413-77347-0.  Robert Hewison (1983). Footlights!: A Hundred Years of Cambridge Comedy. Methuen London
Ltd. ISBN 0-413-51150-2.  Roger Wilmut (1980). From Fringe to Flying Circus: Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960–1980. Eyre Methuen Ltd. ISBN 0-413-46950-6.  Peter Cook
Peter Cook
Appreciation Society (2006). How Very Interesting!: Peter Cook's Universe And All That Surrounds It. Snowbooks. ISBN 1-905005-23-7.  Alexander Games (1999). Pete & Dud: An Illustrated Biography. Andre Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-99642-7.  Wendy Cook (2006). So Farewell Then: The Biography of Peter Cook. HarperCollins Entertainment. ISBN 0-00-722893-7.  Lin Cook (2003). Something Like Fire: Peter Cook
Peter Cook
Remembered. Arrow Books. ISBN 0-09-946035-1.  Chris Bartlett and Nick Awde (2006). Pete and Dud: Come Again. Methuen Drama. ISBN 0-413-77602-6.  William Cook (editor). Tragically I Was an Only Twin: The Complete Peter Cook. United Kingdom: Century and St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-31891-8. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Judy Cook with Angela Levin (2008). Loving Peter: My Life with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Piatkus. ISBN 978-0-7499-0966-6.  Richard Mills, (2010). Pop half-cocked: a history of "Revolver". In Inglis, Ian, (ed). Popular Music and Television in Britain. Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 149 - 160. ISBN 9780754668640

William Cook (2014). One Leg Too Few: The Adventures of Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore. Arrow. ISBN 978-0099559924. 

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Spoken Word Album


Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
– The Best of the Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
Shows (1959) Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg
Lincoln Portrait (1960) Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961) Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
– Humor in Music (1962) Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
– The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964) That Was the Week That Was
That Was the Week That Was
Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965) Goddard Lieberson
Goddard Lieberson
(producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966) Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
- A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967) Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
– Gallant Men (1968) Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen
– Lonesome Cities (1969) Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
& Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
– Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971) Les Crane
Les Crane
– Desiderata (1972) Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974) Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
Dudley Moore
– Good Evening (1975) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
(1976) Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
- Great American Documents (1977) Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst
(1978) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare


Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1982) Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark
- The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983) William Warfield
William Warfield
Lincoln Portrait (1984) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
– The Words of Gandhi (1985) Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986) Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins
and Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
– Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987) Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Lake Wobegon Days (1988) Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
– Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(1989) Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
– It's Always Something (1990) George Burns
George Burns
– Gracie: A Love Story (1991) Ken Burns
Ken Burns
– The Civil War (1992) Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS (1993) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
On the Pulse of Morning
On the Pulse of Morning
(1994) Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins
– Get in the Van (1995) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
– Phenomenal Woman (1996) Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
It Takes a Village (1997) Charles Kuralt
Charles Kuralt
– Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
Still Me
Still Me
(1999) LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
– The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.


Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001) Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002) Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003) Al Franken
Al Franken
and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
– My Life (2005) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father
Dreams from My Father
(2006) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee
- With Ossie and Ruby (2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008) Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
and Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood
– An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
Al Gore
(2009) Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox
– Always Looking Up (2010) Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart
Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011) Betty White
Betty White
– If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012) Janis Ian
Janis Ian
– Society's Child (2013) Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
– America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
– Diary of a Mad Diva (2015) Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
– A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
– In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist

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