"A little treat... quirky and accessible... An enjoyable and light hearted read, that doesn’t need a PHD to understand or to engage with – and one I know I will be dipping into again" –The Public Reviews
"Funny People is, as its subtitle 'My Journey Through Comedy' so accurately surmises, a brisk, 140-page canter through the comedians, sitcoms and funny films that have formed such a significant part of his life. Smiles’s enthusiasm for comedy always shines through... his passion is still likely to send you scuttling to YouTube or the DVD cupboard to revisit a few classics – or possibly discovering a few more" –Chortle.com
Funny People is Roy Smiles’ whimsical account of his life in comedy; from his childhood growing up with the star actors and comedians on television, stand-up and film in the 1960s and 1970s, through to his own work, writing hit plays that pay tribute to those legends of comedy who had a vital influence on both him and British popular culture of the post-war years. From Sunday Night at the Palladium and The Dean Martin Show through Monty Python to The Simpsons and When Harry Met Sally and from Laurel and Hardy and Danny Kaye through Les Dawson to Jon Stewart and Chris Rock, Funny People is a compelling celebration of comedy and its value in our lives.
Roy Smiles plays include Ying Tong - A Walk with The Goons, Pythonesque, Kurt & Sid and Year Of The Rat (all published by Oberon Books), Stand Up, Bombing People, Schmucks, Lunatics' Tango, The Last Pilgrim, Roberto Calvi Is Alive & Well and The Promised Land. He has won two Guinness Fringe Awards and was short-listed for Best Play at the Off West Awards in 2001. He had a writing attachment to the National Theatre in 2001. His book on comic influences: Funny People is also published by Oberon Books.