Malcolm Hardee
Malcolm Hardee

Malcolm Hardee

  • English
  • Actor, comedian and venue manager

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AI knows who Malcolm Hardee was but can't copy his inimitable comedy...

Last Friday (5th January) was the late comedian Malcolm Hardee's birthday. He was born in 1950. He died 19 years ago, in 2005. So I asked three AIs to write me an obituary of Malcolm Hardee to see what facts they had mined.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 7th January 2024

Malcolm Hardee Awards 2023 winners

Phil Ellis, John Fleming and Julia Masli have won the 2023 Malcolm Hardee Award trophies.

British Comedy Guide, 27th August 2023

Edinburgh chainsaw massacre: the 10 boldest - and most idiotic - Fringe stunts

At the Fringe, it's not enough to put on a blockbuster show - you've got to get people talking. These shows achieved just that.

Alex Diggins, The Telegraph, 7th August 2023

2022 Malcolm Hardee Awards winners revealed

The winners of The Malcolm Hardee Awards for the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe have been announced.

British Comedy Guide, 27th August 2022

What Malcolm Hardee thought of Jerry Sadowitz

As the Jerry Sadowitz row at the Edinburgh Fringe is still rumbling on (see my previous three blogs), below is an extract from the late Malcolm Hardee's autobiography I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake.

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

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

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