Creator / Dudley Moore
Dudley Stuart John Moore (April 19, 1935 — March 27, 2002) was a British actor and comedian, born to upper-working class parents in Dagenham, Essex (or East London - it's complicated)
. He was known for working opposite his comic partner Peter Cook
, first in a long-running comedy sketch show Not Only...But Also...
then as a rather extreme
comedy duo in Britain known as Derek & Clive (this was used as a means of perfoming all the material deemed too extreme, or in too bad taste, for television), while his notable movie roles include 10
, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and reprised his role in its sequel Arthur 2: On the Rocks
. Trained as a classical musician at Oxbridge
, Dudley was also an acclaimed jazz pianist whose improvisations were praised by some of the best.
Tropes set to improvised jazz rhythms by Dud include:
- Breakup Breakout: Moore's ruptured partnership with Peter Cook was the spur that led him to try his luck in America. After several critically acclaimed movies he became a superstar. Peter Cook remained in relative obscurity, his comic genius overshadowed by his alcoholism, taking only bit parts in TV and movies but active in the satirical magazine he co-founded, Private Eye.
- Butt Monkey: Moore's perception that he was this to Peter Cook, not only in their TV and stage work but in their friendship as well, ultimately ruptured the partnership and severely strained their friendship. Cook, when drunk, could be notoriously cutting and scathing when referring to Moore, even to his face and in public.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Derek and Clive" created the Cluster-F-Atomic-Weapon, and tended to refer to Country Matters as if the word were punctuation.
- Drinking on Duty: Moore's other grievance with Cook - a perception Peter Cook's alcohol dependency was seriously out of hand and that Moore was left to carry the performances. Tragically, Moore's death was due to a degenerative neural disease called progressive supranuclear palsy, which even after its belated diagnosis, led people to believe he had taken to the bottle and was becoming alcoholic himself.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: some evidence of this in early TV work. But not even bothering with the radar - the "Derek and Clive" performances, originally not meant for release and done for private circulation, but which "escaped" and later became a series of best-selling comedy albums.
- Kavorka Man: Despite his diminutive size and physical disability note , Moore starred opposite some beautiful women in his films and had a disproportionate amount of romantic success in private life. The nickname "sex thimble" was applied to him by envious friends.
- Needs More Love
- Straight Man: Most of the time Moore was this to Cook.
- Up to Eleven: The "Derek and Clive" sketches, which were outrageously extreme and even for their day, racially offensive, derogatory to women, and often extremely homophobic. Pete and Dud appeared to take pride in this and seemed to be competing as to who could break the largest number of taboos in a single sentence.