He also had a reputation for being miserly. One of his favourite japes was to pay a taxi driver exact change, give him an envelope, and say, “Have a drink on me.” Inside, the cabbie would find a teabag. XD
Anyways, below is a collection of Tommy Cooper-related links compiled in his memory. There are links to pages of one-liners, video clips of sketches and magic tricks, and more. His one-liners stand on their own, but to fully appreciate his comic genius, you have to see him in action. His timing and delivery are simply perfection.
- Tommy Cooper Interview
- A rare interview with Michael Parkinson first broadcast on Christmas Day, 1979. It later emerged that the guillotine trick nearly went badly wrong and the host narrowly avoided decapitation. 😮
- Tommy Cooper: 25 of the Comedian’s Funniest Sketches, Quotes and One-Liners
- Includes embedded videos of 7 famous tricks and sketches.
- Tommy Cooper: The Best Quotes
- Some great one-liners here that I didn’t find elsewhere. The comments at the end are also worth a read.
- Tommy Cooper Jokes
- A page of Tommy Cooper one-liners that seems to go on forever, but be warned that some of the gags aren’t his—especially the ones towards the end.
- Tommy Cooper’s Incredible Joke Collection
- This article reveals that Tommy Cooper built up a collection of over 1 million gags during his lifetime. 😎 A small sample is given. The collection is in the care of John Fisher who has published several books based on the material.
- Tommy Cooper All In One Joke Book: Book Joke, Joke Book
- The latest anthology of one-liners compiled from Tommy Cooper’s joke files by John Fisher. Available from Amazon UK.
- Tommy Cooper — Almost a Magician
- An unofficial fansite containing a treasure trove of Tommy Cooper material including a biography, downloads, audio and video clips, photos, and some jokes as well. 😉