Tony Hendra is best known for his stand-up comedy with the Monty Python gang and for his role in This is Spinal Tap. He was an original editor of National Lampoon and writes for GQ, Vanity Fair, Esquire and other magazines. Father Joe is his first book.
Best known for his stand-up comedy with the Monty Python gang and for his role in This is Spinal Tap, Tony Hendra’s first book, Father Joe, is an inspiring true story of finding faith, friendship and family through the influence of a Benedictine monk. Here Tony answers our quick-fire questions.
Who or what always puts a smile on your face?
My 11-year-old daughter Lucy.
What are you reading at the moment?
Wittgenstein For Dummies
Which author do you most admire?
What’s your earliest memory?
A WW2 bomb exploding outside my bedroom window.
What is your greatest fear?
A WW3 bomb exploding outside my bedroom window.
How would you like to be remembered?
Fondly by billions.
Have you even done something you’ve really regretted?
Yes. Well…not really. No one ever found the parrot or the strap-on…so…no.
How do you spoil yourself?
70% pure organic dark chocolate washed down with very old vintage port.
What’s your favourite word?
Schmuck. Schmuck is Yiddish for putz, which is my second favourite word. A Jewish friend just told me putz is Yiddish for a person who makes up smart-ass answers to author questionnaires. But I don’t believe that. He’s a schmuck.
Who do you turn to in a crisis?
I can never decide. The Pope perhaps?
What makes you angry?
Guys who give homeless people money while talking on their cellphones.
Have you ever had any other jobs apart from writing?
I was once an apprentice gigolo in a retirement community. But I just couldn’t get that promotion.
Are you in love?
That’s a damn personal question. Schmuck
What’s your worst vice?
What are you proudest of?
Where do you write?
In the Pyrenees within sight of Monsegur.
Where’s your favourite city?
Durban. No – Walthamstow. No – Kalamazoo. Maybe Thebes?
When was the last time you cried?
November 3rd 2004 when Kerry conceded.
One wish; what would it be?
For this Q&A to be over.
Did you enjoy school?
Only the flogging and the tapioca…