It's Got To Be Funny, Hasn't It...

Channel 4 documentary about Max Wall. 1 episode in 1983. Features Peter Williams and Max Wall.

It's Got To Be Funny, Hasn't It...

Max Wall, one of Britain's greatest clowns, traces his life and career

Channel 4
Peter Williams and Max Wall
Martin Smith

One of Britain's greatest clowns, Max Wall traces his life and career in conversation with Peter Williams, including extracts from performances, and his assessment of the affair that nearly ended his career.

Max Wall's career in showbusiness hasn't been one of swings and roundabouts - more like a ride on the big dipper. He began his career as the 'boy with the dancing feet' and progressed with his inimitable creation Professor Wallofski to be hailed as a 'comic genius' - a comic genius also capable of riveting an audience with his dramatic portraits in plays such as Waiting For Godot and Ubu Roi. His personal life has been as searing and provocative as any of his theatrical roles.

Now, for the first time, talking to Peter Williams, Max reveals the pain and elation of a life that has 'got to be funny, hasn't it?'

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Also known as
  • It's Got To Be Funny Hasn't It? (Billed title)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 24th December 1983 on Channel 4 at 9:30pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Monday 12th July 2021 at 4:45pm on TPTV