• The Comedy Carpet Blackpool
  • The Comedy Carpet Blackpool
  • The Comedy Carpet Blackpool
  • The Comedy Carpet Blackpool
The Comedy Carpet Blackpool
By Gordon Young and Graham McCann 208pp, Hardcover embossed with foil: jacket unfolds into 18 x 22 (45 x 59) poster 9 ½ x 11 ½ (24 x 29) November 2013

THE COMEDY CARPET BLACKPOOL: THE MAKING OF A WORLD CLASS MONUMENT TO COMEDY
Essays by Gordon Young and Graham McCann

Laid out in front of Blackpool Tower, the British home of variety for more than a hundred years, the Comedy Carpet is the largest work of public art in Europe. Thousands of jokes and quotations by more than 850 comedians and writers from the early days of variety to the present day are set in 2200 square metres of granite and concrete. From Tommy Cooper, Mae West and Bob Hope to Frank Carson, Groucho Marx and Ricky Gervais, the Comedy Carpet is a unique celebration of comic genius

A treasure trove of comic cultural history, with two essays, one by the artist and the other by best-selling author Graham McCann writing about the relationship between Blackpool and comedy, the book also shows the complete layout of the ‘carpet’, which was created by artist Gordon Young with designers Why Not Associates.

Gordon Young is a visual artist, who focuses on creating art for the public domain.

Graham McCann is the best-selling author of books on Morecambe & Wise, Dad's Army, Frankie Howerd, Cary Grant, Terry-Thomas, Woody Allen, John Le Mesurier and Marilyn Monroe. 

 

9 ½ x 11 ½ (24 x 29)
208 pp
Hardcover embossed with foil: jacket unfolds into 18 x 22 (45 x 59) poster
Fully illustrated
ISBN 978-1-86154-339-4

UK: £25.00
US: $40.00
Can$45.00