Little Ern: The Authorised Biography of Ernie Wise

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Pan Macmillan, Oct 23, 2014 - Comedians - 368 pages

He's the man with short fat hairy legs who kept us laughing for decades, his comic timing sparking perfectly with the genius of his partner Eric Morecambe. Yet little has been known about Ernie's amazing story, until now.

Little Ern! takes us from Ernie's childhood in Leeds, where he supported his family by performing on stage, to being left to fend for himself in London at thirteen, a star in the making. We see his friendship with the young comic Eric grow when they toured the theatres of war-torn Britain as teenagers, and discover how their double-act evolved. They survived numerous setbacks on the road to television stardom - and we learn the impact fame had on their lives and friendship. Fully exploring the crucial contribution he made to the act, this charming biography reminds us why Ernie Wise deserves his place in the pantheon of comedy greats.

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About the author (2014)

Robert Sellers is the author of the bestselling Hellraisers series, and has written over ten books on popular culture. He collaborated with James Hogg on What's the Bleeding Time, the biography of James Robertson Justice. James has contributed to several books and consulted on television productions on British comedy.

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