The “words, wit, wisdom, one-liners and rants” of Jeremy Hardy will be paid tribute to in a new book.
Hardy’s wife Katie Barlow has helped compile the 320 page book, with his long-term radio producer, David Tyler.
The book contains material from Hardy’s stand-up routines and radio monologues as well as tributes from his friends and family. His wife has also written the epilogue.
The blurb for the book explains: “Jeremy Hardy, who died in February 2019, was perhaps the most distinctive and brilliant comedian to arise from the 80s alternative comedy circuit. He regularly entertained the millions who heard his outrageous rants on The News Quiz, his notoriously bad singing on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, or his hilarious monologues and sketches on the award-winning Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation and Jeremy Hardy Feels It.
“Often referred to as ‘the comedian’s comedian’, Jeremy’s comedy could be both personal and political, ranging in topics from prison reform to parenting, from British identity to sex. His comedy could be biting, provocative and illuminating, but it could also be surreal, mischievous and, at times, very silly. Outspoken and a lifelong socialist, Jeremy’s greatest skill was that, through his warmth and humanity, he always brought the audience along with him.
“Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes is a fitting celebration to this brilliant comedian. Containing material from his stand-up to his radio monologues and political satire to the joyfully silly gems – and curated to encompass everything about Jeremy that fans adored – Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes is wise, daft, outrageous, satirical, personal and, above all, very funny: like Jeremy himself.”
Lisa Highton from publishers Two Roads says: “Jeremy Hardy delighted fans with his very brilliant wit. His voice – and his ‘singing’ – was a regular feature of Radio 4 comedy for decades, and it will be sorely missed. Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes showcases what an incredible comedian Jeremy was, able to make us laugh on almost any topic – from socialism to selfies – and at Two Roads we are honoured to publish this book celebrating his comic genius.”
A month after its publication, on 25th March 2020, a Jeremy Hardy Benefit gig will take place at the Hammersmith Apollo.
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