"Forget the misery with May and brexit for a while and instead, let us celebrate the memory of Tommy Cooper, the failure of the british magician with the fez on his head and a series of bad puns up his sleeve."
"It is 35 years ago now. He died as he lived. On the stage, in the middle of a number, on live tv."
"He was, in fact, a skilled magician, but showed it rarely. The career built in the place that he sjabblade with trollerierna. His jokes kept a low and steady level:"
" I slept like a log last night. I woke up in the fireplace."
"the Thing was – timing. Unbeatable timing."
"Fezen he had borrowed of a servant in Cairo when he would perform for colleagues in the army, where he enlisted after the outbreak of war in 1939. And the hat became his trademark."
"It is said that he at the age of eight got a trollerilåda of his aunt and began practicing like a man possessed. It is also said that he was laughed at on his first trollerijobb to he of nervousness failed with the arts. Maybe it was when he dried the tears after that, he eventually found his own niche."
"When he muckat were limping, he presented at the pubs and in the murky music hall beginnings. His first audition at the BBC he gained in 1947."
"a Layer did not give much for the demonstration and wrote in the minutes: ”the Lackadaisical attitude and poor diction”. Cooper's seven minutes consisted of ”comedy-smatter and blufftrolleri”. Whole is deemed to be an ”unattractive young man with indistinct voice and extremely unfortunate behaviour”."
"However, it was not long until he got a chance in the tv and was soon a success, a fact."
"After a decade, he was one of Britain's best-paid comedian, with a constant touring schedule and several tv-series that aired in numerous countries. Also in Sweden, in batches, in multiple channels and long after he died."
"Cooper had their pages, of course. Colleagues remember him as stingy. And violent sometimes. He drank more and more. Which he, of course, also joked: ”I only drink for medical reasons. I get sick of being sober”."
"The controversial theatre critic Kenneth Tynan wrote that Cooper was"
"”The clumsy unreasonable wizard who always finds himself in a jelly of hysteria when his own numbers are collapsing. No one has ever been less surprised by the fail. Shaken by his own failure, with an uncontrolled laughter, reeling, he hopelessly on from trick to trick. You see, Cooper has a distinctive attitude to life, a stoic attitude, a lapping awareness of life's meaninglessness. And that is what travelling him above the crowd.”"
"the Tv producer and author John Fisher, who wrote a book about Cooper, said in an interview: ”Despite all the drinking and all raserianfall and viciousness, so was he, and he is a national treasure. They just needed to look at him, you felt happier,”."
"There are very few so-called funny jokes; these jokes are so good that you laugh if you just read them, for example. Everything is about context, performance and timing. But with the right treatment can truly abysmal jokes – even könsvitsar – be like fine vintage wines. The older and more cherished they are, the funnier they become."