Malcolm Hardee
Malcolm Hardee

Malcolm Hardee

  • English
  • Actor, comedian and venue manager

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Brian Damage and Krysstal, Malcolm Hardee reborn plus balls and bagpipes...

Some stories which I do not mention in this blog are often even more interesting than what appears, but not quite long enough to blog about. And some are just plain unrepeatable.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 17th July 2022

Facebook attacks the long-established UK tradition of a 'banger-up-the-bum'

Bad news for fans of football and Chris Lynam...

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 6th May 2022

Too mild? Chris Rock should learn from Jerry Sadowitz and/or Malcolm Hardee

On Twitter, British comedian and writer David Baddiel observed: "As a comedy moment it's still not up there with a member of the audience at Montreal's Just For Laughs 1991 punching Jerry Sadowitz out cold for opening with 'Hello moose-fuckers!'"

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 31st March 2022

Malcolm Hardee remembered by Matthew Hardy

In yesterday's blog, Australian performer Matthew Hardy remembered British comedian Sean Lock, who died earlier this week. Matthew also mentioned the late comedian Malcolm Hardee - oft called 'the godfather of British alternative comedy' - as "the most outrageous individual I've ever known". Eight days after Malcolm's death by drowning in 2005, Matthew Hardy shared this memory. Stories about Malcolm Hardee are plentiful but, to my mind, this one from Matthew may be the definitive one...

Matthew Hardy, John Fleming's Blog, 20th August 2021

Sean Lock remembered by Aussie performer Matthew Hardee

The British comedian Sean Lock died of cancer on Monday, aged 58. I remember him in the 1990s as highly intelligent, a very very funny stand-up and, most of all, a kind man unspoilt by any discernible ego. I don't think he changed when he became successful. Here, Australian performer Matthew Hardy pays tribute to Sean...

Matthew Hardy, John Fleming's Blog, 19th August 2021

Malcolm Hardee stole Freedie Mercury's cake - version 2

On 5th August 1996 (timed to coincide with that year's Edinburgh Fringe) Fourth Estate published I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake, the autobiography of comedian, club-owner and anarchic bon viveur Malcolm Hardee. In it, among many other scarcely credible (but actually true) tales, he tells of the time he did, indeed, steal Freddie Mercury's birthday cake. Never one to under-anecdote, in 1995 Malcolm also told the same story in Funny Talk, an anthology of new writing (edited by Jim Driver) about and around the world of comedy and showbiz.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 2nd May 2021

Amazon anarchy runs riot in Malcolm Hardee mystery

At the time of writing this blog, there are a couple of second hand copies of Malcom Hardee's autobiography available on - one at £49.98, the other at £109.95. One second hand copy is also available on at $49.98. Originally I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake had the correct listing on but somehow, between 1996 and 2021, it got surreally mistaken for this other academic book.

John Fleming's Blog, 18th March 2021

Malcolm Hardee - the infamous tractor incident

With the revival of the Malcolm Hardee Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe this week, it is maybe timely to remember the late, great prankster's infamous incident with the tractor... Here is an extract from his autobiography I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake...

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 21st August 2019

Why you should always seek out and watch bad live shows

"Saw my first really terrible show yesterday. What a relief after so much brilliance." That is what Claire Smith, esteemed comedy critic and Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards judge, posted on her Facebook page this morning.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 19th August 2019

How to create a Fringe award in less than a fortnight

With the Malcolm Hardee Awards revived after a short hiatus, new trophies had to be made. So the BCG asked John Ward to make more with (this year at least) the same design AND also to design and make a new-style trophy for their Comedians' Choice Awards.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 17th August 2019

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