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Encyclopedia > Kenny Everett
Kenny Everett
Pseudonym Cupid Stunt
Brother Lee Love
Angry of Mayfair/
Sid Snot
Birth name Maurice James Christopher Cole
Born 25 December 1944(1944-12-25)
Flag of the United Kingdom
Crosby, Merseyside
England
Died 4 April 1995 (aged 50)
London, England, UK
Medium Radio, Television
Nationality English
Spouse Lee 'Lady Lee' Middleton
Notable works and roles The Kenny Everett Television Show

Kenny Everett (born Maurice Cole in Crosby, Merseyside, 25 December 1944, died 4 April 1995), was a popular English radio DJ and television entertainer. Image File history File linksMetadata Kenny_Everett. ... A pseudonym (Greek: , pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons legal name. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Crosby. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... For other uses, see Crosby. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...

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Early life

Everett attended the local secondary modern school, St. Bede's Secondary Modern, which is now part of Sacred Heart Catholic College. Secondary modern schools are a type of school in British educational systems, part of the Tripartite System. ... Sacred Heart Catholic College is a school in Crosby, Merseyside, England, with specialist status in Mathematics and ICT. It was created from the amalgamation of Seafield Convent Grammar and St Bedes Secondary Modern and was, until recently, known as Sacred Heart Catholic High School. ...


He attended a junior seminary at Stillington near York with an Italian Missionary Order, the Verona Fathers, but left under a cloud after, rumour has it, he had broken into the sacristy and drank the communion wine.


After schooling, he worked in a bakery and in the advertising department of The Journal of Commerce and Shipping Telegraph.


However, having revealed a natural comic and broadcasting talent, he began a career in entertainment. He adopted his stage name from film-star Edward Everett Horton, a childhood hero. Edward Everett Horton (March 18, 1886 - September 29, 1970) was an American actor with a long career including motion pictures, theater, radio, television and voice work for animated cartoons. ...


Broadcasting career

Radio beginnings

Everett's first break (as Maurice Cole) came when he sent a tape to the BBC in 1962. The BBC gave him an interview and offered him a job as a presenter on the Light Programme, the forerunner to BBC Radio 2. He declined, however, in favour of the less constrained world of pirate radio, where he began his career as a DJ for Radio London. This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The Light Programme was a BBC radio station broadcasting mainstream light entertainment and music. ... BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is by far the most popular station in the UK, reaching some 27% of the available audience in 2006[1]. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in... The term Pirate Radio usually refers to illegal or unregulated radio transmission. ... Wonderful Radio Londons transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy Don Pierson in 1964 Wonderful Radio London also known as Big L, was a top 40 (in Londons case, the Fab 40) offshore commercial station that operated from 16 December 1964 to 14 August 1967, from a ship anchored in...


Kenny teamed up with Dave Cash for the 'Kenny & Cash Show' one of the most popular pirate radio programmes. His offbeat style and likeable personality quickly gained him attention, but in 1965 he was fired after some outspoken remarks about religion on air. Like most of the pirate stations, Radio London carried sponsored American evangelical shows, and Everett's disparaging remarks about The World Tomorrow caused its producers to threaten to withdraw their lucrative contract with the station. The World Tomorrow is a now-defunct radio and television half-hour program which had been sponsored by the Radio Church of God (later renamed Worldwide Church of God while under the direction of Herbert W. Armstrong. ...


Everett returned six months later, however, before being given his own show by Radio Luxembourg in 1966. Within a year, he had joined the BBC's new pop music station Radio 1 after previewing The Beatles' new album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and interviewing the band. Everett had struck up a friendship with The Beatles and accompanied them on their 1966 tour of the United States, sending back daily reports for Radio London. He also produced their 1968 and 1969 Christmas records. Radio Luxembourg (1933-1992, 2005-)was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in Europe. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... The Beatles Christmas Album (USA) aka From Then To You (UK), was a 1970 compilation album of the Christmas records issued by The Beatles Fan Club. ...


At Radio 1 Everett continued to develop his own unique presentation style, featuring zany voices, surreal characters, multi-tracked jingles and trailers, all of his own creation and compilation. It was ground-breaking radio material that has since been much copied. A jingle is a memorable slogan, set to an engaging melody, mainly broadcast on radio and sometimes on television commercials. ... Movie trailers are film advertisements for films that will be exhibited in the future at a cinema, on whose screen they are shown; they are commonly known as previews of coming attractions. ...


Everett had a great love of sound recording equipment, in particular using reel-to-reel tape recorders, often adding sound-on-sound to his recordings and stereo/multi-track recordings of his pseudo-singing voice. These were broadcast on air regularly and he often created his own radio jingles. This skill was also transferred in some part to TV in his later career.


Everett is often cited as having coined the term 'Beeb' to refer to the BBC, although in point of fact the corporation was occasionally referred to as the "Beeb Beeb Ceeb" in the seminal 1950s radio comedy series The Goon Show, and it is possible that Everett borrowed the expression from there. The term is still in popular use; the BBC have used 'the Beeb' themselves. The company previously used beeb.com), had a short lived 1980s childrens magazine called Beeb, and named their digital channel for young children CBeebies. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... The Goon Show was a popular and influential British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC from 1951 to 1960 on the BBC Home Service. ... CBeebies is a British television channel produced by the BBC and aimed at children six years and under. ...


His shows on Radio 1 included Midday Spin, and then in 1968 he took over a Saturday show from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.


In 1970, however, Everett again found himself fired, this time after suggesting on air that Mary Peyton, the British Transport Minister's wife, had bribed her driving test examiner. Following an interview on the BBC Radio Solent children's show Albert's Gang, Kenny submitted weekly shows to the station that he had pre-recorded at home. This afforded the BBC the opportunity to vet the shows before broadcast. Everett was then heard on various BBC local radio stations before being reinstated at Radio 1 in 1972. Here he recorded a weekly show from his home in Wales and it went out on a Sunday afternoon. In the Cabinet of Canada, The Minister of Transport is responsible for overseeing the federal governments transportation regulatory and development department, Transport Canada. ... A driving test is a test designed to test a persons ability to drive a motor vehicle. ... BBC Radio Solent is the BBC Local Radio service for the Isle of Wight and the English counties of Hampshire and Dorset. ... This article is about the country. ...


During this time, legislation had been passed allowing the licensing of commercial radio stations in the UK. One of the first, Capital Radio, began broadcasting to London and the Home Counties in 1973. Everett joined the station and was given his own show, where he further developed his distinctive ideas. From 1973 to 1974 he presented the station's breakfast show, initially alongside Dave Cash, a friend and colleague from Radio London days, and later as the sole presenter. This article is about the British radio station. ... The phrase Home Counties is used to designate the group of English counties which border or surround London. ... Dave Cash can refer to different people: Dave Cash, a baseball player Dave Cash, a disc jockey This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Subsequently in 1974, he moved to a less high-pressure timeslot at Capital (a transfer made on medical advice and which was associated with complications in his personal life). Here he further developed his unique style and his cult following at this time, and featured both what he thought the best in music (Queen, Chris Rainbow) and the worst, which lead to the popular 'Kenny Everett's Worst Wireless Show in the World' programmes, later produced as an album with slightly different tracks. Several shows featured the Bottom 30: compilations (from listeners' votes) of the world's worst records during this period, including some tracks by well-known personalities not known for their singing, notably William Shatner, Captain James T Kirk of "Star Trek" with his version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".. Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Chis Rainbow ( born Christopher Harley, November 1946 ) is a British rock singer/musician who is best known for his frequent vocal contributions to The Alan Parsons Project, starting on their 1979 Eve album through their 1987 album Gaudi. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is a song written mainly by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and recorded by The Beatles for their 1967 album Sgt. ...

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In 1973, using reel-to-reel tape recorders and mixing equipment (he had a fond love of both) Everett created many comedy characters on the Breakfast Show with Dave Cash on Capital Radio, one of which was called 'Yasher the Smasher' referring to a character who smashed pianos. This was indicative of how many people went through a destructive period smashing traditional wooden pianos. The idea was first started with Pete Townshend from the Who encouraging the group to destroy their equipment on stage. This article is about the British radio station. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer. ... Look up who in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Recently, compilations of Everett's "bits between the records" from this period have been repeated on BBC 7. BBC Radio 7 is a digital radio station broadcasting comedy, drama, and childrens programming 24 hours a day. ...


Bohemian Rhapsody

In 1975, during his time at Capital Radio, Everett was given a copy of a new single (5 minutes and 55 seconds in length, which record companies felt was too long to be successful) from Queen by the group's lead singer, Freddie Mercury, a good friend, with the proviso that it was not to be played on the air. // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ...


As expected, Mercury's reverse psychology worked – Everett loved the song and began to play it several times a night on his show (once claiming that "his finger slipped"), helping the song — Bohemian Rhapsody — to go quickly to number one in the UK. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...   is a song written by Freddie Mercury and originally recorded by the band Queen for their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. ...


So greatly did Everett love this song he played it 14 times in one day when it was released. It went on to become a world-wide hit.


BBC Radio & back to Capital

In October 1981, Everett returned to BBC Radio, albeit this time on Radio 2, on Saturday lunchtime from 11am-1pm. This lasted until 1983, when he was once again dismissed after making a rude joke about Margaret Thatcher. He said "When England was a kingdom, we had a king. When we were an empire, we had an emperor. Now we're a country ... and we have Margaret Thatcher." This remark reportedly led to the non-renewal of his contract with BBC Radio 2. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... BBC Radio is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and to date only woman to hold either post. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts; born 13 October 1925) served as British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 until 1990, being the first and to date only woman to hold either post. ...


He then returned to Capital Radio, presenting the same slot as he did on Radio 2. After Capital split its frequencies in 1988 he was heard on Capital Gold, with a line-up that included people like Tony Blackburn and David Hamilton. Everett presented the afternoon show and then moved to the mid-morning show. He left in 1994 when his health deteriorated to the point that he was unable to continue. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Capital Gold is an oldies radio station which started in London in 1988 on Capital Radios AM frequency, as the British Government urged radio stations to end simulcasting (broadcasting the same programmes simultaneously on FM and AM) and threatening to remove one of their frequencies if simulcasting continued. ... Tony Blackburn (born 29 January 1943 in Guildford, Surrey) is an award winning English disc jockey, who broadcast on the pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 1960s and was the first presenter to appear on BBC Radio 1 in 1967. ... David Hamilton was born David Pilditch in Manchester, on September 10, 1938 and went to Glastonbury Grammar School. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


TV career

Early television work

Besides the radio programmes, his first screen appearance was in the 1965 film Dateline Diamonds the plot based around Radio Caroline's pirate ship the mv Galaxy, he also appeared in several television series. The first, in 1968, was a production for Granada Television called Nice Time, co-presented by Germaine Greer and Jonathan Routh. In 1970 he made three series for London Weekend Television (LWT): The Kenny Everett Explosion, Making Whoopee and Ev; and he also took part (along with such talents as Willie Rushton and John Wells) in the 1972 BBC TV series Up Sunday. Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Dateline Diamonds was a 1960s British music-film. ... Radio Caroline is a European radio station that started transmissions on Easter Sunday 1964 from a ship anchored in international waters off the coast of southeast England. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Germaine Greer (born January 29, 1939) is an Australian-born writer, broadcaster and retired academic, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the 20th century. ... Jonathan Routh (born 1927) co-starred in the British version of the television show Candid Camera (1960-67) and co-starred with Germaine Greer and Kenny Everett in Nice Time. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... William George Rushton, commonly known as Willie Rushton (August 18, 1937–December 11, 1996) was a British cartoonist, satirist, comedian, actor and performer. ... John Wells (November 17, 1936 - January 11, 1998) was a British actor, writer and satirist. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1973, Everett provided the voice of the cat 'Charley' in the Charley Says animated series of public information films. Charley Says was a series of very short cel-animated cartoon Public Information Films for children, produced in the United Kingdom in the 1970s by Londons Central Office of Information. ... Public Information Films (known as PIFs) are a series of government commissioned short films, shown during television advertising breaks in the UK. The US equivalent is the Public Service Announcement (PSAs). ...


(It is not currently clear to which of these efforts Everett was referring when, years later, he spoke dimissively of some early TV work: "We just used to turn up at the studio and try to be wacky". However in interviews, co-presenter Greer spoke of him as "a televisual genius".)


Everett was the announcer on the original version of ATV's "big box game" Celebrity Squares which ran on ITV from 1976 to 1979. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hollywood Squares is a American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The Kenny Everett Video Show and The Kenny Everett Video Cassette

In 1978, London's Thames Television offered him a new venture, which became the very successful and ground-breaking Kenny Everett Video Show. This was a vehicle for Everett's characters and sketches (his fellow writers were Ray Cameron, Barry Cryer and Dick Vosburgh), interspersed with the latest pop hits, either performed by the artists themselves, or as backing tracks to dance routines by the supposedly risqué (for the time) dance troupe Hot Gossip (see also Sarah Brightman and Arlene Phillips). Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Barry Cryer (born March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) is a writer and comedian. ... Dick Vosburgh (born Richard Kennedy Vosburgh 27 August 1929 in Elizabeth, New Jersey – 18 April 2007 in London) was an American-born comedy writer and lyricist working chiefly in Britain. ... Hot Gossip were a British dance troupe most notable for their appearance on the TV series The Kenny Everett Video Show, which aired on ITV in the late 1970s. ... Sarah Brightman (born August 14, 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress and dancer. ... Arlene Phillips OBE (born 1944 in Manchester, Lancashire, England) is a British choreographer working in many fields of dance. ...


In the pre-MTV era, this mixture of pop bands and comic sketches was a new format for television. It was so successful that pop and TV stars queued up to make cameo appearances, including Rod Stewart, Billy Connolly, Kate Bush, Cliff Richard, Freddie Mercury, Terry Wogan and Suzi Quatro (see also "Friends" section below) and classical musicians such as Julian Lloyd Webber(clip). Kenny Everett would cleverly introduce the dancers and request that the audience "Watch out for the Naughty Bits!" Of course the young audience would oblige and would at times wonder where the "naughty bits" were! This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Roderick Stewart (rod stewart), CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... Dr William Billy Connolly, CBE, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter, and actor. ... Kate Bush (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ... Sir Michael Terence Wogan, KBE DL (born August 3rd 1938, in Limerick, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland), more commonly known as Terry Wogan, is a radio and television broadcaster who has worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom (UK) for most of his career. ... Suzi Quatro (born Susan Kay Quatro on June 3, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, bassist, radio personality and actress. ... Julian Lloyd Webber (born April 14, 1951) is a British cellist. ...


These shows were also unusual in that there was no studio audience or laughter track. The only reaction sounds were those of the writers, staff and crew (given this small audience the shows were recorded at Thames Television House in small studios normally used for current affairs programmes, rather than at Thames's main site at Teddington). Euston Tower is a skyscraper located in the London Borough of Camden, at 286 Euston Road, near the intersection with Tottenham Court Road. ... Ongoing events • Iraqi legislative election • Bill C-38 (Same-sex marriage in Canada) • Tsunami relief Deaths in February • 5 – Gnassingbé Eyadéma • 4 – Ossie Davis • 3 – Ernst Mayr • 3 – Zurab Zhvania • 2 – Max Schmeling Recent deaths Ongoing... Teddington Studios in London. ...


Everett would often ad lib and deviate from the script; his bloopers were sometimes left in the final cut and on several occasions he would pull the camera around the studio revealing the crew not quite sure what was going to happen next. Quite often the crew were victims of his humour - on one occasion Everett encouraged the crew to sing Happy Birthday to a cameraman, presenting to him a cake which he duly pushed in the cameraman's face. Happy Birthday may refer to: Happy Birthday to You, a traditional song Happy Birthday (1970 album), a record by Pete Townshend Happy Birthday (1980 song), a record by Stevie Wonder Happy Birthday (1981 album), a record by Altered Images Happy Birthday (1983 song), a song by Weird Al Yankovic Happy... A cinematographer (from cinema photographer) is one photographing with a motion picture camera. ...


There were also the stories of Captain Kremmen, a science fiction hero voiced by Everett and originally developed for his Capital Radio shows, who travelled the galaxy battling fictional alien menaces, along with his assistant Dr Gitfinger and his voluptuous sidekick Carla. In the first three series these segments were animations created by the Cosgrove-Hall partnership (responsible for the successful children's cartoon series Dangermouse, among many others). In the fourth series ("Video Cassette") Kremmen was featured as live action, with Anna Dawson playing Carla; the segments were comedy shorts, rather than the erstwhile stories. The cartoon-version of Captain Kremmen showing Captain Kremmen and Carla Captain Kremmen was a science fiction radio serial written and performed for Capital Radio by the DJ Kenny Everett. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Cosgrove Hall Films is an animation studio based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester that is a major producer of childrens television programmes. ... DangerMouse is a British animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. ...


Other characters included aging biker Sid Snot, who always introduced himself with the memorable announcement "hallo dung heaps" and remembered by fans for unsuccessfully attempting to flip cigarettes into his mouth - at one point Everett managed to catch one in his mouth, to the amusement of the studio crew; Marcel Wave, a lecherous Frenchman played by Everett wearing an absurdly false latex chin; and Angry of Mayfair, a middle-class City gent complaining of the risqué content of the show, banging the camera with his umbrella, only then to be revealed as actually wearing women's underwear. Motto: Domine dirige nos Latin: Lord, guide us Shown within Greater London Sovereign state Constituent country Region Greater London Status City and Ceremonial County Admin HQ Guildhall Government  - Leadership see text  - Mayor David Lewis  - MP Mark Field  - London Assembly John Biggs Area  - Total 1. ...


He also created the never-seen character of Lord Thames, supposedly the owner of Thames Television (the company was actually owned by two conglomerates). The character was often the butt of Everett's rants and was said to symbolise his contempt for senior management at the company (see below).


Everett's interest in (then primitive) video processing technology and electronic effects showed itself in such features as the appearances of a bobbing 'alien' entirely composed of a distorted video image of his own head ("Hello. I'm Spod, from Planet Thfnnnn. And this is all I do... Pathetic, isn't it?").


In 1980, the band Fox regrouped to record the theme music for Everett's show, "Electro People". Foxs 1975 debut album was the bands most successful Fox was a British-based rock band popular in the mid-1970s. ... The theme music of a radio or television program is a piece that is written specifically for that show and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ...


The series ran for four seasons on ITV, and was a big ratings hit, being required viewing for teenagers of the time. The last episode ended on a rather sour note (after Everett had locked horns with Thames management over his show and its scheduling) with Everett giving a rather restrained farewell speech as the set and scenery was being stripped down by the crew. The final shot before the closing credits was Everett himself being picked up and placed inside an oversized garbage can.


The Kenny Everett Television Show (BBC 1981-1988)

In 1981, Everett fell out with Thames regarding the management of his show, including the scheduling of the programme against the BBC's Top of the Pops on Thursday evenings (in one skit on his Thames show, he depicted the Thames management as being behind an ancient, cobweb-covered door marked "Office Of Saying 'No'". In fairness to Thames, Everett was never disciplined for his outbursts, something which had occurred at his previous employers). Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


TOTP was a ratings powerhouse at the time, and was effectively unbeatable in the days of three-channel television in the UK. The BBC offered Everett a contract for a live audience sketch-format comedy programme, and this partnership came to fruition at Christmas 1981 with a one-off special, followed by five series. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...


The writing team was bolstered by the addition of Andrew Marshall, David Renwick and Neil Shand, and the production standards were raised by the heavier investment from the corporation. David Renwick (born September 4, 1951 in Luton, Bedfordshire, UK) is a British television writer, best known for creation of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave and the mystery series Jonathan Creek Before beginning his full-time comedy writing career, he worked as a journalist on his home town...


There were legal concerns when Thames attempted to block the transfer of Everett's characters to the BBC, claiming them as their copyright. This led to the creation of new characters such as the spooneristically named Cupid Stunt, a bearded American B-movie actress with pneumatic breasts (Everett made no attempt to cover his beard) who told (usually to a rapt cardboard cutout of Michael Parkinson) lurid and incredible tales of life on set with Burt Reynolds and other male stars of the era. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Michael Parkinson CBE (born 28 March 1935) is an English broadcaster and journalist. ... Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ...


Cupid was originally to have been named Mary Hinge (another spoonerism referring to a hirsute intimate female body part), but this was vetoed by the BBC as too obvious. It remains uncertain as to how Cupid Stunt was then approved. Announcers were often encouraged to simply refer to her as Cupid, to prevent the possibility of mispronounciation. A new punk character known as "Gizzard Puke" was developed, as Thames were trying to prevent Sid Snot from moving to the BBC. This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... The external genital organs of the female are collectively known as the vulva (plural vulvae or vulvas)[1]. In common speech, the term vagina is often used improperly to refer to the vulva or female genitals generally, even though, strictly speaking, the vagina is a specific internal structure, whereas the...


In the event, Thames's action failed, and all the characters from the Video Show were released for use. Inept TV handyman Reg Prescott became another firm viewers' favourite, as each week he managed graphically and bloodily to injure himself with tools whilst attempting to demonstrate DIY tips. See also: DIY Network, a cable TV network. ...


Brazilian-born Cleo Rocos, a glamorously curvaceous co-star, featured heavily in all the BBC series and became one of Everett's closest friends. She was often portrayed wearing little more than frilly underwear and high heels, and her figure was used to great comic effect as a focus for drooling, lascivious men. Cleopatra Anderson Rocos (born 24 July 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a UK-based comedy actress and television/theatre producer, best known as the co-star and close friend of the late English zany radio/TV comedian and DJ Kenny Everett. ...


Some fans feel that the move to the more traditional BBC watered down the anarchic spirit of his previous work. The corporation assumed much tighter control over both content and production, and it is felt that this removed some of the spontaneity which had become a hallmark of the Thames series. However, the series performed equally well in the ratings, and the characters and their catchphrases endure 20 years later.


Quiz shows

Everett hosted two short lived quiz shows late in his career, Brainstorm[1], and Gibberish[2][3].


Friends and guests

Everett was very popular with his peers, and many major stars of television, radio, and pop music counted him as a friend. This led to many celebrity guest appearances across all his television work. Cliff Richard happily lampooned his clean image many times, as did Lionel Blair. Terry Wogan - a long-time colleague from the early days at Radio 1 - made numerous appearances on both Thames and the BBC shows, as did Billy Connolly. Other stars who parodied themselves included Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Police and Freddie Mercury. Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... Lionel Blair (born Lionel Ogus on 12 December 1931 in Montreal, Canada) is a British actor, choreographer, tap dancer and television presenter. ... Sir Michael Terence Wogan, KBE DL (born August 3rd 1938, in Limerick, County Limerick, Republic of Ireland), more commonly known as Terry Wogan, is a radio and television broadcaster who has worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom (UK) for most of his career. ... Dr William Billy Connolly, CBE, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter, and actor. ... Roderick Stewart (rod stewart), CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... Abba redirects here. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). ...


Quotes and catchphrases

  • "It's all done in the best PAH-SIBBLE taste!" -- regular punchline uttered by character 'Cupid Stunt', accompanied by her swapping her crossed legs over in the most vigorous way possible.
  • "'Ello my leetle chickadees" (and variations, in heavy French accent) -- introductory remark uttered by character 'Marcel Wave'.
  • "Round 'em up, put 'em in a field, and BOMB THE BASTARDS!" -- all-purpose solution to any perceived social problem, declared by 'Marvin Bombthebastards', a handgun-waving US General with immense shoulders (equipped with retractable cannon) and chest to support many medals.
  • "Brother, Brother, Brother Lee Love!" -- gospel-style sung introduction to huge-handed US minister 'Brother Lee Love', whose frenetic sermons called for the 'congregation' to echo the last two syllables of some sentences, with amusing (and occasionally very rude) results.
  • "I hate pornography ... I haven't even got a pornograph!" -- 'Angry of Mayfair'.
  • 'This morning, I spilled coffee all over my wife's dressing gown! Serves me right for wearing it! -- 'Angry of Mayfair'.
  • "Colonel Muriel Kleen here, of the Campaign for Nice Things on Television!' (A couple of bars of 'Hallelujah!' from the 'Hallelujah Chorus'.) 'We believe in goodness, truth and beauty! We believe that Julie Andrews should get her own series, and that Joan Collins should get her own breakfast! And remember: you don't have to watch this endless display of perversitude and fleshybollery! You've all got a knob there! SO USE IT!" -- 'Angry of Mayfair.'
  • (Electronic rendition of Bach's choral prelude Wachet Auf) -- (possibly performed by Walter/Wendy Carlos) musical accompaniment to all sketches featuring 'Maurice Minor', parody of French mime artist Marcel Marceau.
  • "Ello, I'm Gizzard Puke, mugger to the gentry, and anyone who says punk's dead, will be."
  • "Some people think these soles are crêpe. I don't think they're that bad."
  • "Me faddah ust'a yell at me so much when I was a kid, I ust'a think me name was 'Shaddup!" - 'Sid Snot'
  • "Great(Grate)!... doesn't it?"
  • "It's a cock up at the OK Corral"

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Bloodbath at the House of Death

Everett made one foray into film with 1984's Bloodbath at the House of Death, a spoof of Hammer horror films penned by Everett's usual writing partners Barry Cryer and Ray Cameron (who also directed the film). Vincent Price featured as the villain, credited only as the "Sinister Man", and a number of other popular comedians and actors also appeared, most notably Pamela Stephenson Connolly, Gareth Hunt and Don Warrington. Several regulars from Everett's television series also appeared. This article is about the year. ... Bloodbath at the House of Death is a comedy horror film produced in 1983 by the late British comedian, Kenny Everett, and starred Vincent Price. ... Hammer horror refers to a series of low-budget horror films produced in the late 1950s through the 1970s by the British film studio Hammer Films, although it is sometimes also used to refer to films made in a similar style by other smaller studios such as, for example, Amicus... Barry Cryer (born March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) is a writer and comedian. ... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ... Pamela Stephenson on Not The Nine OClock News Pamela Stephenson (also known as Pamela Stephenson Connolly), (born December 4, 1949 in Takapuna, Auckland) is a New Zealand-born, naturalised Australian actress, psychologist, and former comedienne, now resident in Beverly Hills, California. ... Alan Leonard Hunt (7 February 1943 – 13 March 2007) was an English actor, known as Gareth Hunt, who is best remembered for playing the footman Frederick Norton in Upstairs, Downstairs and Mike Gambit in The New Avengers. ... Don Warrington is an actor, originally from Trinidad and Tobago where he was born in 1952, who has been a familiar face on British television and stage for thirty years. ...


The film was not a great success, despite winning "Best Science-Fiction Film" at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (tied with Videodrome), and Everett did not make a successful transition to film star. Not to be confused with the rock band Videodrone. ...


Political controversy

In the 1983 election campaign, the Young Conservatives invited Kenny to their conference in an attempt to attract the youth vote. Egged on by film director Michael Winner, Kenny bounded onto the stage, wearing the enormously oversized foam rubber hands familiar from his mock-evangelical character Brother Lee Love. He shouted slogans like "Let's bomb Russia!" and "Let's kick Michael Foot's stick away!" (Michael Foot was the elderly leader of the Labour party.) The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Michael Winner (born 30 October 1935) is an English film director and producer, active in both Europe and the United States, also known as a food critic for the Sunday Times. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Michael Mackintosh Foot (born 23 July 1913) is an English politician and writer. ... The Labour Party is a centre-left or social democratic political party in Britain (see British politics), and one of the United Kingdoms three main political parties. ...


Later life

The radio shows continued in the same vein and were as popular as ever, but by the late 1980s the TV show format had run its course, and Everett's personal life was becoming increasingly complicated. He had married the singer Lee 'Lady Lee' Middleton (Billy Fury's former girlfriend) in 1966 ("Kenny proposed to me under a magnolia tree in Fulham", she later recalled). Originally from Wavertree in south Liverpool, Billy Fury was born on April 17, 1940, at Smithdown Hospital, now Sefton General Hospital, Smithdown Road, Liverpool, Merseyside. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


By 1979 they had separated, and Everett came out as gay. He launched himself into the London gay club scene, and could often be seen in London club Heaven (then a very popular clubbing destination) on Saturday nights. He was an active campaigner for gay rights. In 1979 he said to David Bowie, who was guesting on Everett's show: "I... FOUGHT... for people like you, and I never got one!" Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Heaven is a nightclub in London, England which appeals predominantly (but not exclusively) to the gay market. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


He seemed never to fully come to terms with his sexuality, however, and suffered bouts of severe depression. Where to start? // Male Arousal Coming of Age Attractiveness to Women External Links Understanding Male Sexuality Category: ... In everyday language depression refers to any downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and perhaps due to something trivial. ...


Death

By the 1990s Everett's health was declining. He died of an AIDS-related illness on 4 April 1995, aged 50. He was suffering from the same string of AIDS as his close friend Freddie Mercury and Everett's one-time partner, Peter Brown, was thought to have given them both the disease. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


During his time with the disease, Kenny received the same effect as Freddie describes in the Queen song, I'm Going Slightly Mad. He lost his co-ordination and it started to drive him insane. Reaching the end of his life and career, Kenny took to the streets. He said to an interviewer, in front of hundreds of loyal fans bearing flowers and other gifts, that he had received three hugs and that he would "have to do this more often".


Shows hosted

The following is a list of the main shows Everett has presented:


Radio

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Television

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2007 "Licence to Laugh" a Tribute

  • ITV 1 showed a tribute show to Kenny called Licence to Laugh on November 18th 2007 Celebrating 30 years since he worked for ITV The Kenny Everett Video Show Thames Television - (1978-1980) , featuring today's celebrities like Chris Moyles and Chris Tarrant.Kenny Everett burst onto ITV with the groundbreaking Kenny Everett Video Show, some of the biggest names in show business talked about their love for the outrageous entertainer. Friends and colleagues revealed what it was like to know and work with the man they affectionately dubbed 'Cuddly Ken', and contemporary celebrities discussed the ways Kenny had influenced them and their work.It Featured hilarious archive footage and classic Kenny stories,a definitive tribute to a much-missed comedy genius.

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External links

General links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Radio links

Television links

  • Television Heaven - The Kenny Everett Video Show
  • Nostalgia Central - The Kenny Everett Video Show
  • BBC Everett Cult TV site

References

  1. ^ Brainstorm at UKGameshows.com
  2. ^ Gibberish at Celador.co.uk
  3. ^ Gibberish at IMDb.com

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Kenny Everett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2261 words)
Kenny Everett (born Maurice Cole in Crosby, Merseyside, Liverpool, 25th December 1944, died 4th April 1995), was a popular British radio DJ and television entertainer.
Everett would often ad lib and deviate from the script; his bloopers were sometimes left in the final cut and on several occasions he would pull the camera around the studio revealing the crew not quite sure what was going to happen next.
Kenny Everett was a very popular with his peers, and many major stars of television, radio, and pop music counted him as a friend.
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