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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Peter or Dudley? by Miss-M on 29 December 2007 2:07pm
Who do you prefer, and why?

You fill me with inertia.
Re: Peter or Dudley? by perfectbitch on 29 December 2007 2:32pm
Definitely Peter. Although he could be a cruel man (probably due to his alcoholism), his humour was paramount. Dudley persued the Hollywood Dream and his humour faded somewhat.

Re: Peter or Dudley? by Spursfan on 29 December 2007 4:18pm
Dudley - he was soooo cute!!
Re: Peter or Dudley? by tucsonmike on 29 December 2007 8:57pm
Dudley, but not for the reason you ladies care LOL!
Actually, when Dudley died he was living in Plainfield, New Jersey, not far from where he lived. He was living with a friend.
Re: Peter or Dudley? by sighthound on 30 December 2007 3:10am
Peter, of course. He was the funniest man of the 20th century.

The first time I got to London where I'd always wanted to go because I'd been weaned on the Goons and later discovered Beyond the Fringe on my own, my jet-lagged self was wandering around the West End looking for a hotel when I came across life-size cut-outs of Pete and Dud in front of the theatre where they were appearing in "Behind the Fridge". Saw it twice before I left and my sides still ache when I remember how much I laughed.

I went to the wake for Peter that was held at the Directors' Guild in Hollywood. I took a very funny writer with me. He was totally ignorant of Peter Cook and I, quite literally, had to pick him up off the floor several times during the screening of "Bedazzled" because he was laughing so much. He still thanks me to this day for introducing him to Peter even though it was on the occasion of his death.

Dudley arrived two hours late and was quite disoriented. When asked what was his favorite memory of Peter, he couldn't come up with anything. Everyone assumed he was drunk. This was just before anyone knew about his illness. So sad.

Their ends were sad but they both (with Miller and Bennett) have given me the most laughs in my life and I will treasure those memories to my dying day. (The Pythons are right in there in a tight second place.) In fact, I hope to die laughing while listening to a tape of Beyond the Fringe or something from Python. It would be a great way to go.

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