Tragically I Was An Only Twin The singular Cook, who died in 1995, was one quarter of the groundbreaking British comic revue Beyond the Fringe, one half of the famous comedy… Tragically I Was An Only Twin The singular Cook, who died in 1995, was one quarter of the groundbreaking British comic revue Beyond the Fringe, one half of the famous comedy… Comic Novels
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Tragically I Was An Only Twin (Fall 2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Peter Cook; Genre: Comic Novels

The singular Cook, who died in 1995, was one quarter of the groundbreaking British comic revue Beyond the Fringe, one half of the famous comedy team of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and wholly original -- a lightning-quick wit dubbed ''Peter Amadeus Cook'' for his precociousness by attitudinal heir John Cleese. As is inevitable with transcriptions of spoken works, some of the pieces collected here flatten on the page. But even a print version of the famous ''Sitting on the Bench'' monologue (about the coal miner who ''could have been a judge but never had the Latin'') or the duo's ''One Leg Too Few'' sketch (about a mono-limbed actor auditioning to play Tarzan) is better than missing them, and the assemblage of the duo's once shockingly raunchy ''Derek and Clive'' routines still musters a kick. To keep Cook's pouchy-hound face and lunkish posture in mind while sampling, rent 1967's ''Bedazzled.''

Originally posted Nov 28, 2003 Published in issue #739 Nov 28, 2003 Order article reprints