Cole to Kenny
Kenny Everett was born in 1944 and died in 1995. His real name was Maurice Cole. He first worked as a DJ for pirate radio station Radio London in 1964, where he gained a huge following despite suffering from acute sea sickness.
Last night a DJ saved my life
Kenny Everett's life was once saved by Tony Blackburn. Everett had taken LSD and was about to walk on water. Blackburn locked him in his cabin.
All you need is laughs
Everett was once sent to follow the Beatles on tour in America. He had no skill as an interviewer, so Paul McCartney took pity on him and gave answers without Everett having to ask questions.
Everett's autobiography is called "The Custard Stops at Hatfield". It includes a frank discussion of his suicide attempt, brought on by an addiction to sleeping tablets. It features a chapter titled "Exploding Violins".
Kenny and Crisp
Everett used to present the Radio One chart show with his butler Crisp.
Wood you believe it
While a Radio One DJ, Everett famously upset BBC bosses by saying "the place was filled with mahogany people with mahogany minds." After being fired for a joke he made about the Minister of Transport's wife bribing her driving examiner, the Chairman of the Board of Governors said in Parliament that he had written apologies to the minister's wife, the driving instructor, and the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Everett was still fired, and replaced by Noel Edmonds.
Everett invented a daily radio superhero who was later animated by Cosgrove Hall. His original Capital Radio adventures coincided with a cocaine binge which resulted in episodes like "You remember yesterday's episode? You don't? Well, what's the point in doing this one? Stay tuned for more adventures tomorrow." DJ Mike Smith was heard on air demanding "How much are we paying for this?" - "Really embarrassing," said Everett, "And all due to my love affair with little lines of white powder."
When the TV show moved from Thames, the BBC politely suggested renaming the character. The writers suggested Mary Hinge.
This skimpily-clad dance troupe was run by Arlene Phillips, seen recently as a Strictly Come Dancing judge. When the group was first seen on screen, their success was assured by Mary Whitehouse branding them obscene. In his autobiography, Everett writes that Thames Television allowed the group to smoke dope, so long as they stood outside the building. They duly did. In costume.
The ghastly punk was slightly altered for the BBC as Gizzard Puke to avoid a legal battle with Thames.
A running gag on the show featured Lionel Blair being whipped in a dungeon.
A Harty laugh
Everett once alarmed Russell Harty on his live chat show by starting an obscene poem beginning "The boy stood in the chip shop/Eating red hot scallops..." And then stopping. In the last seconds of the show he continued: "One fell down his trouser leg... And scalded his ankles." All was fine and the credits started to roll. At which point Everett yelled - "Missed his bollocks completely!"
One of Everett's last jobs was in a musical version of The Hunting of the Snark.
Kenny Everett was an enthusiastic member of the Conservative Party. At one conference he yelled "Let's nuke Russia!"