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eYE Marty: The newly discovered autobiography of a comic genius

Marty Feldman

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Performing arts: comedy, Biography: arts & entertainment, Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Prose: non-fiction, Humour

The autobiography of a comic genius and godfather of surreal comedy.

Completed before he died, thirty years ago, this is the newly discovered autobiography of one of the most influential comedians of recent times, Marty Feldman.

Marty Feldman was one of the most essential creative forces in British comedy embodied also by his close friends and creative partners from Beyond the Fringe (especially Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) and Monty Python (especially John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle).

Marty played the fool, often very happily and with tremendous talent and volcanic, anarchic energy, for his entire life. Marty finished, and set aside EYE MARTY soon before travelling to Mexico to shoot his final film. He did not know that he would die there, although he certainly felt he might die soon, and was haunted by the notion. The book is exactly as Feldman wrote it, with even the photos inserted where Feldman had noted they should go.

Hilarious, deeply charming, aphoristic, ironic, charged throughout with lust for life and filled with scenes of great vanished eras and and portraits of other performers and friends, EYE MARTY is the amazing discovery of the story of a man who was at the heart of the British comedy revolution.

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Praise for eYE Marty: The newly discovered autobiography of a comic genius

  • This is a warm and engaging memorial. - The Sunday Times

  • He was a pioneer of comedy who inspired pioneers of comedy, a hero to my comedy heroes. - Sarah Silverman

  • No one has ever made me laugh as hard as Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein, he was pure comic perfection. - Judd Apatow

  • He was totally unique. Like something out of mythology. But funny. - Martin Sheen

  • A fascinating insight into the mind of Feldman for weirdos everywhere. Long live this comic genius. - John C. Reilly

  • The only thing more wonderful than this book is actually watching Marty Feldman perform. Both thrill me. - Jeff Garlin

  • Feldman's extraordinary...Another early Feldman sketch finds Cleese in a railway compartment irritated unto violence by the inane interruptions of his fellow passenger, a wing-collared Marty. In the end, Feldman simply disappears, but his voice persists. This too is a prophetic metaphor for Feldman - his early death, his lingering influence and, yes, his genius. - The Times

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