'If Monty Python were the Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 of comedy - Marty Feldman was their Obi-Wan Kenobi.'
- EDDIE IZZARD
"Marty Feldman really was a comic genius, and this warm, frank memoir brings that genius briefly back to us. What a crazy, inspired journey of a life he had. The book also brings back to life an amazing time in the culture, when the wild art and comedy we now take for granted was first finding its legs. I loved this book, and wish Marty was still alive so I could tell him how much I loved it, and we could be pals."
- George Saunders
"He was totally unique. Like something out of mythology. But funny." - Michael Sheen
"No one has ever made me laugh as hard as Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein.
He was pure comic perfection." - Judd Apatow
"The only thing more wonderful than this book is actually watching Marty Feldman
Perform. Both thrill me." - Jeff Garlin
"He was a pioneer of comedy who inspired pioneers of comedy, a hero to my
comedy heroes." - Sarah Silverman
"As a kid I discovered Marty through the world of Mel Brooks movies. Each time rooting for this kind and wonderful man with the big beautiful eyes." - Maya Rudolph
"A fascinating insight into the mind of Feldman for weirdos everywhere, long live this
comic genius." - John C. Reilly
"He would have hated being portrayed as the sad clown. He was a very happy clown: indeed the clown prince. I'm really thrilled that he can finally tell in his own words the strange and hilarious world that he illuminated by his kindness and gifts." - Eric Idle
"When you're a comedy writer you pray for Marty Feldman. He not only met your material, he lifted it. He gave it that magic touch."
- Mel Brooks
"I'd never seen eyes like his before, we became great friends and got along like gangbusters. I hope everyone remembers what a special person and wonderful talent he was." - Gene Wilder
"He had a wonderful comic presence, he is a true cultural icon."
- John Cleese
"Marty had one of the sharpest comedy brains in anybody I have ever met. He was a lovely man as well, almost unique." - Michael Palin
Following the mass success of Young Frankenstein, Marty, Gene, and Mel were determined to keep the band together. Gene got the ball rolling with his directorial debut The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother. In Marty’s autobiography eYE Marty he recounts that “between shooting with Gene in England and flying back and fro, shooting Mel’s Silent Movie, the whole time was a blur of…
Marty’s final photo session took place in London on August 29, 1982. This was for an intended piece in the Daily Mirror in which Marty made the now famous quote, “I am too old to die young and too young to grow up.” The article found Marty in a hopeful and happy mood. He reflected on his life and love of his wife, dogs and work in that order. He spoke of his health saying, “I have had cause to…
In 1969 Marty was being offered the moon and other planets too. His show was a huge hit and he was about to appear in his first starring role in the film Every Home Should Have One. The BBC offered him an hour of prime time television to do a reality-based show. His first thought was to do a film about one of his heroes. However, Buster Keaton had died and his second choice Louis Armstrong was…
Thanx to all who came and held a Marty book for the first time. It was a great night at Largo in Los Angeles! We showed a couple of clips and then we were treated to a conversation between Eric Idle and Jeff Garlin. Eric was the first to read the Marty book after I did and Jeff was next. It is lovely to see that after 34 years since his passing, Marty lives! Enjoy this recording of the…
Marty was a massive, compulsive jazz fanatic!!! In his autobiography he speaks of his love of the art and how he used it in his life in everything he did. Lauretta would often say that she would ask him what he was doing with his mouth and he would reply “scatting inside for nobody needs it outside.” Marty used music in most of his work. He had hoped to make a film about Louis Armstrong in…