"The Last Laugh" Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016

Three legendary comedians; one very unusual dressing room. 'The Laugh Laugh' sees three iconic, British comedians, Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Bob Monkhouse sitting in a dressing room discussing the secret of comedy. We witness the lightening wit and quick-fire quips which made these comedians great. But as the film scratches a little deeper, we catch a glimpse of their insecurities: the niggling doubt of whether a joke is funny enough and how the fear of ‘dying’ on stage drives them on a never-ending quest for that next big laugh. Warm, funny, affectionate and moving, ‘The Last Laugh’ explores what it means to be funny and what happens when the laughter stops…  
Director Paul Hendy
Paul Hendy is an actor, TV presenter, scriptwriter, author, director and producer. On television, Paul hosted shows such as 'The Disney Club', 'Don’t Try This At Home' with Davina McCall and 'Wheel of Fortune' (which had been running for twenty-three years until Paul hosted one series and they cancelled it!) He also hosted the BAFTA nominated 'Dear Mr Barker' and the cult classic 'Stash the Cash' (‘cult’ meaning it was rubbish but students liked it!) His novels 'Diary Of A C-List Celeb' (in no way autobiographical… honest!) and 'Who Killed Simon Peters?' were published by Transworld in 2004 and 2009 and were subsequently translated into Russian and Greek. They received great critical acclaim and can be found in the bargain bins of most reputable bookshops. In 2016, Paul wrote and directed the short film, 'The Last Laugh', which sees comedy icons, Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Bob Monkhouse sitting in a dressing room discussing the secret of comedy and what it means to be ‘funny’. 

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