Hello, fellow Laurel
& Hardy fans!
I've got big news to
report: a brand-new Laurel &
Hardy book is now available for preorder
through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter: Laurel
& Hardy: Spot On! (Book &
As (some of) you may know,
but many others may not, I have uncovered
a one-of-a-kind audio recording of Laurel
& Hardy performing live on stage during their
1952 British tour. It's not just a snippet, but the
complete sketch, called 'On the Spot', running
approximately 20 minutes.
If we succeed in reaching
our crowdfunding goal by December 15, the book will
be available in a beautiful hardcover edition
(in colour) with over 130 glossy pages,
filled to the brim (or spine) with rare images such
as tour snapshots, stage photos, letters, scripts,
and much, much more. Of course a CD with the
restored recording will also be included. The
combination of book and CD will allow fans to
(re)discover what Laurel & Hardy were like
on tour. It's the next best thing to actually
having been there!
You won't be
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let me know.
Thanks in advance for your
support, and... keep spotting Laurel &
An Audiovisual Account of Laurel
& Hardy's 1952 British Tour
With CD containing a complete
recording of their sketch 'On The
Filled with many rare and
previously unpublished full-page photographs, Spot On!
recounts Laurel & Hardy's 1952 British stage tour step
by step using original letters, photographs, press releases,
and much, much more.
Featuring new essays written by
well-known Laurel & Hardy scholars and
Furthermore, this book reproduces,
for the very first time, all surviving script versions of
their 1952 stage sketch On the Spot, including
extracts from Oliver Hardy's own copies. These allow the
reader to discover the many changes Stan Laurel made in the
course of the tour.
The icing on the cake is the world
premiere of the only known audio recording of Laurel &
Hardy performing On the Spot live, illustrated with
pictures showing the boys onstage and backstage! Needless to
say that this book fills an important gap in Laurel &
Full details are at