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article imageThe end of ‘Bowler Dessert’

By Alexander Baron     Dec 13, 2013 in Entertainment
Since 1976, the Laurel & Hardy fanzine "Bowler Dessert" has been published in the UK. The latest issue, for Autumn 2013, will be the last.
This announcement was made in the magazine. Oliver Hardy died in 1957, and Stan Laurel in 1965, which is before most of you were born, but their names are instantly recognisable, and their particular zany brand of slapstick and situation comedy has inspired generations of comedians on both sides of the Atlantic. Britain's best loved comedy duo Morecambe & Wise adopted the personae of the straight man and the comedian. While Laurel was always an accidental comedian, the overbearing Hardy had much in common with aspiring playwright Ernie Wise.
Why is Bowler Dessert being retired? The most likely explanation is that in this cyber-age no one buys fanzines anymore. Or perhaps they do, but nowhere near as much as they used to. The same thing has happened with comics - recall The Dandy.
The good news for fans is that Laurel & Hardy are well represented in cyber-space. The Bowler Dessert website is still being maintained, and it has a presence on Facebook.
There is also a dedicated Laurel & Hardy Forum, and of course the boys have their own, official website. You can also find their films on YouTube, and an abundance of their memorabilia can be found on Ebay. And, they have their own museum.
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