My favourite comedian
, perhaps? He was not part of Monty Python
but worked with many of them before the Flying Circus was formed. For example the Four Yorkshiremen
sketch was written by him, John Cleese
, Graham Chapman
, and Tim Brooke-Taylor
. It was originally performed by the four of them on At Last the 1948 Show
on 31st October 1967, and he played the part of Joshua
, who begins and ends it. In this role Marty Feldman said:
"Very passable. Not bad at all."
"Aye! In those days we were glad to have the price of a cup of tea."
"Aye, and a cracked cup at that!"
Because we were poor. My old dad used to say, "Money doesn't bring you happiness, son."
Then the bit about "Ooh, I used to dream of living in a corridor!", then he was the first one to mention having to clean their home (a rolled-up newspaper in a septic tank) and eat a crust of stale bread; and finally he closes the sketch with 'and they won't believe you".
Another Feldman sketch from the same show - from the very same episode, in fact - was the one where he's the annoying little man called Mr Raymond Pest, who can't decide which seat to occupy, who tries to get a cigarette from the city gent (John Cleese), and who has a speech impediment which consists of occasionally going scream!!! at unexpected times. Mr Pest works in an office with a Mr B.J. Ectoplasm.
Another skit that Feldman co-wrote and acted in was the bookshop skit, where he asks for David Coperfield with one P by Edmund Wells, Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds (B-I-R-D-S) without the gannet (they wet their nests), Rarnaby Budge by Charles Dikkens with two K's the well-known Dutch author, and Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity-Surveying.
He also did a good gypsy offering a lucky gypsy poke in the eye.