for years until his sudden death on television in 1984.
They took it to the Edinburgh Festival last year, then continued to work on it while Daniel was touring the country in the Blood Brothers musical.
Cooper’s life has been examined many times over the years, and much focus has been on his personal issues, such as his battle with alcohol. Daniel didn’t want his look at the man to be centred around negatives, though.
“We don’t go down the heavy route, the show is generally about celebrating Tommy,” he adds.
“There are ways of touching on those points but not staying there for very long. There’s been a lot of negativity about Tommy in the past few years, especially with the TV drama starring David Threlfall (from 2014).
“We kind of wanted to steer away from that. I spoke to my dad about it and he said: ’If I go to see Tommy Cooper, I want to see Tommy Cooper, I’m not interested in any of the other stuff’.
“A lot of things have gone down the melancholic alcoholic route — it’s very easy to find holes in people. There were certainly things he struggled with and he was lonely on the road.
“There were confidence issues as well and he got himself into a rut with his drinking. I’ve toured all round and you see that firsthand, of people wanting to unwind with a pint after a show every night.
“But he’s a fabulous person to play — there’s an innocence. He could make people laugh just by standing there.”
Daniel is happy to focus on some of the comedian’s most fondly remembered moments and jokes.
The actor reckons that it’s the simplicity at the heart of so many of the gags that make them still funny today. “His comedy will still be here long after I’m around,” he says.
“We’ve been doing lots of shows recently where there’s more kids coming along, because it’s a family show — that’s what Tommy was, he was an end-of-the-pier entertainer who wasn’t blue. “So many of his jokes were plays on words but the simplicity in them is what was key. He’d strip these gags down to a couple of lines and worked hard at that side of his show. His biggest fear was running out of material, so he built up plenty.”
As a touring actor, Daniel has performed in Scotland many times, and is keen to sample the Town Hall.
He said: “I have a great affinity for Scotland, being from Liverpool, and whenever I’m up there I feel like I’m at home. I know the Town Hall’s a gorgeous venue and can’t wait for the show.”
And Daniel has a simple aim for the show.
“It’s a celebration of Tommy’s journey, and all the gags and routines are in there,” he adds.
“We just had a review in from a show in the Isle of Wight saying this, which is that it’s almost like he’s been brought back to life.
“That’s how we approached it — it’s trying to bring him back like he was when he was live.”
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