Gerard Hoffnung

While I am posting about obscure websites, I am pleased to see that one has just been launched to document the work of Gerard Hoffnung, whose work, I realise, was very much a feature of my childhood, along with Flanders and Swann:-


6 thoughts on “Gerard Hoffnung

  1. Richard Bram says:

    How marvelous! In the late 1970s, there was a program on NPR in the States called ‘Weekend Radio from Cleveland.” The host, Robert Conrad filled the hour with all sorts of recording, including a fine selection of British humour, rare in America. Gerard Hoffning was aired often, especially the immortal “Bricklayer’s Sketch,” perhaps the single finest example of the use of formal phrasing and the pregnant pause all to an hysterically funny end. It is also where one could hear excerpts from the Goons, Monty Python, and many others that turned out to be useful introductions to my future home. (It is also amusing that my recent photo of you appears above as I type.)

  2. David Gordon says:

    Thanks. Good to know. His cartoons are magnificent. There are quite a few Hoffnung recordings and films on YouTube, including a (rather poor) recording of the Bricklayer’s Tale delivered at the Oxford Union in 1958.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s