Hello! Welcome to “Good Evening!” This site aims to entertain fans of Peter Cook, and maybe even to inform, if I’m lucky. If you weren’t aware, Peter Cook is, basically, a genius. You may know him from Not Only But Also with Dudley Moore or from his witty work in Beyond the Fringe. However you know of him, I’m sure you’ve discovered that he’s brilliant!

Have a look around the site and be sure to check out site updates and Peter Cook in-the-news sightings over in the aptly titled News and Updates section! There’s also a Gallery I try to add new pics to from time to time. Fannish fan things abound, too, in the form of wallpapers and icons on the aptly titled Fan Fun page. Plus, you can add your name to a (surely endless) list of fellow Cook nuts. (As of December 1, 2015, 82 Peter Cook fans from 21 countries have added their name to this The Fanlistings Network-listed fanlisting!)

All this and not much more – have a good time (and a good evening, or something)!


Derek and Clive building?

Got a question for all you Derek and Clive nuts out there! I received an email from a D&C fan looking to make a pilgrimage of sorts to the building featured on the cover of Derek and Clive Come Again. (Well, maybe not a pilgrimage – more like go there and take a pic. Close enough.)

Please, if anyone knows where the Derek and Clive Come Again cover building is located, email me or comment here. Your help would make a Derek and Clive fan very happy indeed!!

Thanks thanks thanks! :)

BBC, Victor Lewis-Smith: Making the “definitive” Cook doc

Aw yeah! Jay Richardson of Chortle reports that a new Peter Cook documentary is in the works for the BBC, by Dudley Moore: After The Laughter doc maker Victor Lewis-Smith and Lin Cook. Excitingly, Lewis-Smith tweeted that there’s “now just that little matter of going through 1000+ of Peter’s home movies, audio tapes.. etc. Tough life.” Looking forward to seeing what they come up with!!

(Also, I’ve been tinkering with a new layout for this lil’ old site, so if stuff doesn’t work or is just generally too awkward to navigate, let me know! There are a few settings I’m still playing around with so let’s keep our fingers crossed that I don’t blow the website up or something.)


From “sweary bants between pals” to “awful misanthropic bleakness” – yep, it’s Derek and Clive!

With the recent reissue of the Derek and Clive albums, it’s been neat to see Cook and Moore popping up in articles that reevaluate their work together and, naturally, reaffirm the greatness of it. So here’s another: an article by Michael Bonner – titled “Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s Derek and Clive albums reassessed…” – was posted on Uncut magazine’s website on September 28.

Derek & Clive are shocking, reports say

Fiona Sturges reminisces about her intro to Derek & Clive and wonders “how Derek and Clive would fare today” in a July 18 article posted to The Independent. A snippet:

You might assume that, 42 years after the first recordings, the sketches would seem tame, early exercises in gross-out comedy whose shock factor had worn off. In fact, the feeling of subversion persists. … In 2015 Pete and Dud are still gleefully pushing boundaries and breaking taboos.

And in a great August 2 piece for The Guardian, Andrew Harrison delves into the origins and success of Derek & Clive and answers the question of how the duo would fare today with his own humorously hashtagged observation that “there isn’t enough #problematic in the world to cover Derek and Clive.” Lobsters up the bum: #justderekandclivethings.


Derek and Clive come again… again

As reported on Uncut mag’s website, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s dirty duo Derek and Clive are back! (Well, not actually back in the physical, living sense, but close enough. Sorry if I got your hopes up.)

A 5-CD set from Universal Music Catalogue, tastefully titled A Right Pair Of C****: The Complete F****** Derek & Clive, will be released on July 31 that Uncut tells us includes:

Derek and Clive (Live) (1976), Derek and Clive Come Again (1977), and Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam (1978) as well as Rude & Rare The Best of Derek and Clive (2011).

Nice. I see that Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com have the set up for pre-order, and with earlier release dates than July 31, too – June 29 and July 7, respectively.

I’m sure as heck gettin’ my pre-order on. I jumped on the Derek and Clive train late – I know, for shame! – so this set is a pretty sweet deal!

“Remembering Peter Cook”

Start your 2015 off right by celebrating Peter Cook’s life and legacy! January 9 marks 20 years since his death, but you won’t feel sad, only cheery, if you do yourself the best favor of reading John Hind’s excellent “Remembering Peter Cook: Family and friends – including Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Bruce Forsyth – share their stories” over at The Independent.

Just do it. Click the link and do it. Do it. It’s so good.


If you have a mo’ and feel like it, do leave a comment sharing your own Peter Cook story. How did you become a fan? What’s your favorite thing he did? What’s your fave one-liner, or whole sketch? Or, get philosophical about it: why are you a fan?

Me? It’s easy to say I’m a fan, but it’s really hard for me to adequately define why. Here’s my crack at it: I’m a fan because whether I guffaw or ugly laugh or giggle or chuckle at Cook’s work, those guffaws and ugly laughs and giggles and chuckles are ones of pure happiness at pure funniness. His comedy was effortless and remains the easiest thing ever to fall in love with and laugh at like a total idiot. No matter the sketch, movie, appearance, or even song, Cook sweeps ya up into whatever yarn he’s spinning, and you can’t stop (don’t wanna stop) watching/listening/reading.

The first thing I saw him in was The Black Adder, as King Richard III. I was 12. I’m 28 now, and I still quote stuff he said in that episode. I didn’t even know who Peter Cook was then. He was just funny. I must admit that I only started really paying attention cuz I saw Cook in Bedazzled and liked what I saw (I mean, I was 17, and we’ve all seen him in that movie, right?), but now that I’m not so young and stupid (just older and stupid), I keep going back to that flawfree King Richard performance as one of my fave Cook turns. That‘s why I’m a fan. Peter Cook is just funny.

(OK, so now, your turn! Share your Peter Cook stories!)