There’s no getting around it. The comedies the 1980s were some of the best films Hollywood produced in that weird decade. The likes of John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Candy, Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy morphed from SCTV and SNL and spread throughout the filmic world with blockbusting comedies. It’s a wild and fascinating story, told by Nick de Semlyen in his book: Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever. John Bleasdale talks to Nick about the book, the wildness of the period and some of his favourite films. You can buy Nick’s book from all good bookshops/sites.
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