Malcolm Hardee.

Malcolm Hardee

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

Malcolm Hardee Awards return

The Hardees - The Malcolm Hardee Awards - are being revived after their demise in 2017. The awards aim to recognise a spirit of madcap anarchy in comedy performers at the Edinburgh Fringe.

British Comedy Guide, 6th August 2019

Stand-ups, death & fame: Who will be remembered & why?

Yesterday, I was talking to someone about reviving the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards - I would not be involved in them. Of course, few people have ever heard of Malcolm Hardee. Fame, as they say, is a fickle mistress. In the UK, who were the biggest and most-loved comedians of the late-20th Century?

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 8th June 2019

My Comedy Hero: Simon Munnery on Malcolm Hardee

The man behind Alan Parker: Urban Warrior, Cluub Zarathustra and The League Against Tedium, has inspired plenty people down the years. Now, it's time for him to unveil his own trio of comic icons.

The List, 8th March 2019