King The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy by Graeme Blundell
Graham Kennedy, Australia’s King of Comedy, reigned over local television for 40 years as talk-show host, game-show presenter, satirist, commentator, and iconoclastic jester. He developed the comedian’s skill for perfect timing when he shared the microphone with Nicky Whitt’s on Melbourne’s favourite radio program, Nicky and Graham, on 3UZ in the 1950’s. He then went on to become the shining light of Australian television, hosting and clowning his way through years of In Melbourne Tonight, Blankety Blanks and Coast to Coast. Looking for a new challenge, Graham Kennedy moved into films and starred in Don’s Party and The Girls.

Graeme Blundell has created an engaging portrait - written with an incisive insider’s eye of the little man Sydney critics called ‘the Platinum Blond Rabbit’. Blundell elegantly traces the career of the star from working-class Melbourne, who tilted Australia’s television to an alarming, unforgettable angle with his style of disrespectful buffoonery, then mysteriously disappeared into the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. King is also the story of the comedy that Kennedy borrowed from - vaudeville, burlesque, stand-up humour, satire and revue - and looks at the way he drew on humour’s traditions and invented new comic genres for television. Blundell has spoken with many who worked with Graham Kennedy, including writers Tony Sattler, Mike McColl Jones and John-Michael Howson, actress Noeline Brown, the lat Noel Ferrier, Bob Hosfall, Jack Thompson, Tommy Hanlon Jr, David Williamson, Bruce Beresford, Sue Milliken and David Lyle.

While this is an unauthorised biography, Graham Kennedy requested his agent ‘to pass on to Graeme his best wishes for the book’. Mr Kennedy declined to be involved ‘for no particular reason, other than he believes he has a limited memory of many of the facts of his life’.

Hardcover with jacket 2003 first edition

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